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Important Benefits Of A Well Organized Closet

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Do you know what is in your wardrobe? Do you stress out when an event comes along and you start thinking about what you will wear?

The importance of a well organized wardrobe

I still have a pair of bleeding madras scrub denim bell bottom pants from my high school days in my closet, and yes they do still fit! I also have a really cool flapper style dress covered in twinkly sequins right out of the roaring twenties! The pants I wear from time to time. The dress – not so much, in fact never.

How many flapper dresses do you own?

The flapper dress was purchased from a friend’s high end consignment shop about 20 years ago. I finally figured out the friend I will gift this dress to! Even with these 2 pieces of memorabilia my wardrobe fits nicely in one not too large closet that is outfitted with the California wire shelving style units.

First step is taking inventory of closet contents

Why take stock of your current wardrobe? What fits and does not? Are you going to get more use from your beloved pieces of clothing than I have with my flapper dress? Do you know what your preferred style of dressing is? Mine is not wearing flapper dresses. Are you ready to get rid of the items of clothing that do not fit into this category? I am!

The Decluttering

If so it is time to let go of all the duplicates and rarely worn pieces taking up precious space in your wardrobe. Generally speaking closet space is a valuable commodity.

Set your goal. With a clear and concise goal accompanied with a plan is a practical and manageable way to define your ideal wardrobe.

Where do I start?

What I do when helping clients and friends is arrange 3 separate big, black, heavy mil contractors bags for clothing to be sorted into. One item at a time put each piece in the appropriate bag.
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You will find this to be a practical decluttering strategy. TIP: Remove the bags from your premises immediately upon completion. This allows no room for second guessing!

Donating and Discarding Unwanted Clothes

You have identified and put clothing in separate bags. Feels great, doesn’t it! Now decide where you will donate and or sell the good, unstained, clean pieces that no longer work for you. Toss the rest in the trash!

The last step is the fun part!

Now it is time to organize your new streamlined wardrobe. What efficient storage solutions will you use? Hangers, shelves, bins? Will you hang or fold your clothes, arrange clothes by type, color, or frequency of use?

I find the California style closet systems to work best for me. Because my preference is to live minimally I do not have to own bureaus for clothing, every article of clothing I own fits nicely in one closet. I do store boots separately in the off season because they are clunky and I have several pairs.

The benefits of decluttering and streamlining your clothes

Easy Access is practical

An organized wardrobe allows you to find your clothing and accessories quickly and effortlessly. You no longer waste time rummaging through piles of clothes or searching for misplaced items. This saves valuable time and reduces stress while trying to dash out in the morning.

This enhances your personal style expression while promoting a more sustainable and mindful approach to clothing.

Efficient Use of Space

By organizing your wardrobe effectively you can optimize storage solutions, such as using vertical space, utilizing drawer dividers, or using space-saving hangers. You will be able to fit more pieces of clothing in an organized manner, allowing for better storage and preventing overcrowding.

Clear Visibility

A well-organized wardrobe provides clear visibility of your clothing options. When items are neatly arranged and visible, you can easily see what you have and make outfit choices more efficiently. It also helps you identify items that you may need to replenish or replace.

Extend the life of clothing

Proper organization and storage techniques help to preserve the condition of your clothes. This minimizes wrinkling, prevents creases, and reduces the likelihood of damage caused by mishandling or overcrowding. This ultimately extends the lifespan of your clothing items.

Clearer Personal Style

This is my favorite category. An organized wardrobe allows you to showcase your personal style more effectively. When you can see and access your clothes easily, you can experiment with different combinations and create stylish outfits that reflect your unique fashion preferences.

Getting rid of items that no longer align with who you are today allows you to curate a collection of clothes that truly represent your unique fashion identity.

Accessorize!

As a life long artist I have for the past 30 years or so designed, made and sold one of a kind jewelry pieces and luxurious unique silk and wool scarves and vests etc. This is how I get away with my very limited wardrobe. Accessorizing is the best and easiest way I have found to dress.

Life is too short

A clutter-free and organized wardrobe eliminates the back and forth of what to wear. Or should I say the on and off with different pieces of clothing in piles surrounding you before you make a decision. With a streamlined collection of clothing, you have fewer choices to make when getting dressed. This simplifies the decision-making process, freeing up mental energy for other important tasks.

Mindful Consumption

A well-organized wardrobe encourages mindful consumption. Because you have taken an inventory of your closet you know what you already have. This reduces the temptation to make unnecessary purchases thus promoting a more sustainable and conscious approach to fashion.

Sustainable Fashion Practices

Decluttering promotes sustainable fashion practices. By being more mindful of your clothing consumption and reducing unnecessary purchases, you contribute to reducing textile waste and the environmental impact of the fashion industry.

Positive Impact on Well-being

The physical and visual orderliness of a well organized wardrobe has a positive impact on your overall well-being. It brings a sense of calm, fosters a more serene and peaceful environment and reduces visual clutter. Getting dressed in the morning does not have to be stressful.

Clearer Personal Style

By decluttering, you can identify your true personal style and create a wardrobe that reflects it. Removing items that no longer align with your preferences allows you to curate a collection of clothes that truly represent your unique fashion identity.

Increased Clothing Utilization

When you declutter, you become more aware of the clothes you own and are more likely to utilize them effectively. No longer buried under clutter, your clothing gets equal attention, extending their lifespan and reducing the need for frequent replacements.

Reduced Stress and Overwhelm:

Clutter can contribute to feelings of stress and overwhelm. By decluttering your wardrobe, you create a more serene and peaceful environment, free from the visual chaos and burden of excessive clothing.

Financial Savings:

A streamlined wardrobe can save you money in the long run. With a clear understanding of your clothing needs and a curated collection of versatile pieces, you are less likely to make impulsive purchases or buy items that you won’t wear frequently.

Improved Self-Confidence

Having a decluttered and streamlined wardrobe can boost your self-confidence. When your clothes fit well, align with your style, and are organized, you feel more put-together and empowered in your daily life.

I decided about 150 years ago to stop spending so much time worrying about what I would wear daily. My wardrobe consists almost entirely of long jeans pants and shorts and black tops. That is it. Makes accessorizing really easy and fun!

Depending on the weather I pick either long or short pants and a warm or cool top, often layering 3 or 4 black tops.. I realize this style of dress would not work well for many. Consider though the freedom of wearing only what you love everyday. Pretty cool.

Full disclosure – I have a couple pair of well tailored black slacks for the occasional funeral or wedding I must attend. I do not want to be disrespectful. Dress well, be confident and as deliriously happy as you can!

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Marj Bates is a life long ridiculously organized declutterer and artist. Less is more are words Marj lives by in everything she does except collecting dogs. “Dogs are like potato chips! Can’t have just one.” says Marj. Marj wonders if growing up with a fanatically clean Jewish mom means her decluttering and organizational skills are in her blood.

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