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Friday, March 3, 2017

"Opening up your closet should be like arriving at a really good party where everyone you see is someone you like." ~Amy Fine Collins

National Clean Out Your Closet Week, Part 1

There’re a million articles about the process of re-organizing your closet, and many of them have lots of great tips- and we’re going to get to that topic, because the week of the 13th is National ‘Clean Out Your Closet’ week. I know, I know, it’s not fun. But having a lovely, clean and organized closet is such a deeply gratifying thing, isn’t it? But I want to look at planning a little bit before you get to that stage. I want to explore what you’re looking for out of this closet clean-out. Beyond having a clean closet, what does your perfect closet look like? 

What words describe it? What changes from what you have going on now? Is your current closet a nightmare to navigate? Are you not sure where things are? Is there stuff in there that you’ve forgotten about? (I’m guilty of all these things, btw. It’s been a bit too long since I went through my closet.) If the answers are not what you’d like then maybe you should join in on National Clean Out Your Closet week. 

Let’s start by looking at how you want to organize it.  If your wardrobe is based on your love of color, is that how you’d like to organize it? All your ‘reds’ in one section, all your yellows in anther, etc.  Or maybe you wear many hats in your life that call for fairly different kinds of clothing, and it makes the most sense for you to organize according to that. Or maybe you wear pretty much the same, day in and day out, and the best plan for you is to organize by type of clothing- pants with pants, tops with tops, etc. There’s no end to how many ways you can organize your closet- it should be something that consistently works for you, when you need it too. 
How much influence does the structure of your closet need to have in this plan? If you have a weird closet you’re going to have to take that into consideration- or it may be that the weird design will pretty much dictate how you’ll organize things- you may not have much choice, in other words. If so, is there any way you can change the awkwardness? And is this going to be something you’ll have to create a budget for? 
Would you like to change your wardrobe as well as pare it down? Now’s the perfect time to plan that out. If so, what changes do you want to make? What do you see your new wardrobe as? What do you already have that might work in your new wardrobe? Does your ‘dream’ wardrobe seem hopelessly out of reach because it’s too expensive? Don’t throw out that dream - first look at eBay as well as thrift and consignment shops. You might be surprised to find you can either have or approximate your dream wardrobe. 
Last but not least, plan out a budget. If you just need get rid of old clothes and clean, congratulations- all you’ll need is trash bags, a vacuum and some spray cleaner. But if you want a more involved change you may need to budget for paint, closet fixtures, upgrades or accessories, and lastly maybe some new clothes. 

Look for my next blog- Join me as I take you through the process of getting in there and cleaning and re-organizing your closet.  Also look for more pictures on fantasy closets as well as more practical solutions for ‘the rest of us.’ :-) I’ll be posting that next blog in about a week- so get your plan done before then, and you’ll be ready to join in on National Clean Out Your Closet Week!

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