ound familiar? You are not alone! It’s the most common thing I hear as stylist and shop owner. No matter if you have a small closet like I do or a wonderful walk-in closet like dreams are made of the struggle is the same. You open your closet to get dressed and it goes downhill from there! How can there be so many things in there but nothing to actually wear? There’s a few basic reasons why this happens. Let’s explore the issues and discuss some solutions.
Problem: You have not purged your closet in a very long time. You love to shop. You love to find new pieces to add to your wardrobe. But you never take the time to pull the things that no longer suit you and your current lifestyle. I agree, purging is less fun than shopping, but the end result is very rewarding.
Solution: Take some time to clean out your closet. Pull anything that you have not worn because the fit is wrong. If it’s too big and it’s a piece you love and will truly wear then have it tailored and add it back in to your rotation of favorites. If it’s too small you can gift it to a friend or family member who will love it and wear it happily. It can also be donated. Another option is to consign the items you no longer wear. Earning some cash for these items will make you feel good for finally letting them go. Now get yourself some new hangers. Putting all of your clothes on the same hangers instantly creates order. Organize all of your remaining items by groups – put all of your jackets together, then dresses, tops, skirts and pants. Now be an organizing super- star and put each group in order from light colors to dark colors. It will be much easier to create an outfit when everything is in order like this. The time spent organizing your closet will save you time and energy every morning when you are getting dressed.
Problem: You were out shopping and did not want it to be a waste of time so you buy something so you don’t leave empty handed. I get it – you want something to show for your time and effort – but are you really going to wear it?
Solution: Think of the big picture. It’s easy to be drawn to the pretty pieces being shown in the stores and on-line. You like it. It fits well. Now ask yourself how you will wear it in your real life. Mentally review what you already own and coordinate it with something you have in your closet. As Marc Jacobs says “Clothes mean nothing until someone lives in them.” Plan on living in your clothes, not just looking at them.
Problem: You spent a lot of money on filling your closet but haven’t gotten your money’s worth on some of the items you invested in. As Carrie Bradshaw said “I like my money right where I can see it...in my closet.” It is never a waste of money to invest in classic and statement pieces that you will keep in rotation for years to come. It does become a waste of money if they hang or sit in your closet and never get to come out and play. These pricier pieces deserve to be enjoyed. They were created to be appreciated. This is usually an issue of emotion. You spent a lot of money and you could not possibly let the item go. But every time you open your closet and realize you don’t wear that piece you feel bad. That negative energy surrounds your closet and makes it difficult to pull together an outfit. Getting dressed can and should be fun – it shouldn’t be sad and stressful.
Solution: Remove the item that causes you to feel guilty for spending too much for something you rarely or never wear. Earning some money for that item is much better than beating yourself up every time you open your closet. List it on an upscale resale site or consign it. Leaving it in your closet and allowing it to make you feel bad serves no purpose. Your closet should be your happy place. If anything in there is bringing you down then it’s gotta go.
So go ahead. Take a deep breath and begin! Open your closet and get started. Purge, alter, donate and consign. If this seems like too much I would love to help! As a stylist I offer closet clean out services. I will walk you through the process. I will organize your items for donation and consignment. I will pull your individual items together to create complete outfits that work for you. I will create a list of items to look out for on your shopping trips. Let’s chat about how you can stop dreading getting dressed and start delighting in getting dressed. You can reach me at the shop – call or stop by!