Out with the old and in with the new is not only applicable to creating a new, happy, mindset for the new year but also relevant to your wardrobe. To be noted though is that I’m not referring to tossing out clothes of old trends and buy new clothes, not at all. But to get rid of clothes you aren’t using and investing in key pieces you will be using. Like, away with that dress you’ve never worn and invest in a LBD you’ll always wear. Here’s some hacks on how to organize your closet 2018.
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Out With Old Pieces
I wrote about sorting out old clothes in this article about resolutions 2018. No need to keep clothes you never use, right? Though I have to say that I’m fully aware that there’s a difference between clothes you never use and don’t care about AND clothes you never use but intend to wear. That someday you hope will happen but honestly rarely do. The way to figure out what pieces are what, is to 1) sort out what pieces might be in the zone and 2) put them through a test. The test is simple, if you wear the clothing piece within the next three months it’s a stay, if you don’t – it’s a go! You can either give away your clothing pieces to friends and family or donate them to charity. This way, the clothing pieces will stay in the fashion cycle and someone else will have the chance to use them. Plus, you will have more place in your wardrobe. Either you fill that space with wearable key pieces or you leave the space alone. Isn’t it terrible that “shop your closet” is a coined term that indicates that you have so many clothes that you don’t remember them all? Perhaps that’s a sign that you need less clothes so you can wear the ones your have and enjoy more.
Invest In Key Pieces
I’m one that’s all for colors, prints and fun statement pieces. But even I know that there’s a simple geniusness to count on in the most basic clothing pieces. If you notice that the majority of the pieces you’re throwing out are a certain color, style or print – don’t buy them anymore. Perhaps you love the idea of orange and always buy orange pieces but never ends up wearing them? Well that’s a sign to not wear more orange pieces. When you, and if you, detect a pattern among the clothes you’ve sorted out – see if you can change the pieces to a basic. Perhaps you have too many blouses but not even one black blazer to go with them all? That’s when you should give away the blouses you never use and invest in a black blazer. A tips that favorable from an economic and sustainable perspective is to sell your old clothes and with the money you earn you can buy that basic piece you want. The key though is to invest in clothing pieces that will stick around for the long run and those clothing pieces are 9 out of 10 times basic ones. Basic clothing pieces are clothes you can match with anything, they never go out of style and they shall embrace your own personal style.
I mentioned this above, but a crucial part about organizing your closet is to be aware of the process. Write down or take a photo of the clothes you are giving away. That way you’ll know what pieces you don’t wear and shouldn’t buy again. When you’re organizing your closet, remember to also pay attention to the pieces you sometimes wear but would love to wear more. Perhaps these pieces are in need of a second piece to match it perfectly. Perhaps you would wear your cigarette pants more if you had a black shirt to pair it with. By paying attention this way, you’ll become more aware of what your style is like and what your wardrobe is in need of. Simply put, plan ahead for the next investment by analyzing your closet!
Folks! How are you organizing your closet 2018? Are you just giving it all away or are you ignoring it? Let’s chat in the comments! Xx
40 thoughts on “Organizing Your Closet 2018”
These are great tips! I seriously need to go back into my closet and clear out more. >.< I've been trying to narrow down my next bigger purchases and go for more classic/timeless investment pieces. It's a great time to do it during sale season, but I get sidetracked by trendier items lol
Hahah same here honestly! I did buy a classic grey v-shaped sweater the other day, but other than that it’s been a lot of floral midi dresses, ooops! Xx
I LOVE this post! Very practical…and the perfect project for the new year!
-Kate // http://www.classyandkate.com
The perfect project indeed, great way to get the fashion year started! Xx
My closet is full of clothes I haven’t worn in a while! Unfortunately, I never find time to clear out! I should do that soon!
It’s such a refreshing feeling! Xx
This is something I definitely need to do stat! My closet is out of control! Such great tips!
Hahah mine too, but I finally got around to do it! Xx
I have been very picky with my clothes these days so I tend to buy specific quality pieces instead of buying because they are on sale.
Shireen⎜Reflection of Sanity
That’s great Shireen, the way to sustainable development! Xx
great tips! i always clean my closet out after the holidays
Right? So so refreshing, love to do it as well! Xx
Was planning on organizing mine these days, but I feel like I’m never in the mood for that, lol. Did a clean up before going to PFW and the wardrobe still looks so full :/. Will have to use some of your tricks the next time.Wishing you a great day! xx
Hahah never do I, but I’ve decided to start tomorrow! Hahah I hear you! Xx
I live for a good closet clean-out. Makes me feel so put-together!
Le Stylo Rouge
Hahah can’t wait to feel that feeling myself! Xx
Great tips! Have a lovely week.
Yes, have a lovely week Gemma!! Xx
Amazing blog post! Thanks for sharing! HAPPY 2018!
Have a great day!
Much love, Len
Happy you liked it Len! Xx
This is all SO true and a great time to go through your closet! When I moved recently, I didn’t bring all of my clothes and had been making due with only a few pieces. The kicker is that I didn’t even mind! I was more worried about moving all of my shoes into my new closet. It was a huge wakeup call that I don’t need most of the clothing I have! A terrifying thought to give all of that away, but new year, right? 😉
Hahah right? But a move is indeed a great way to get things started. And kind of sad but a relief when you realize how much you own but never uses! Xx
We are soooooo in the same mood on this one! I am literally writing about de-clutter for the last year!
That’s lovely!! Gonna read your’s now babe!! Xx
Ooooh, I REALLY needed this. I’ve been ignoring the chaotic state of my closet for awhile, and it’s time for a thorough cleaning. I’ll keep your tips in mind! Particularly the “out with the old” bit. I know I’ve got pieces that just need to go… Have a great week Mia!
Hahah I’ve been ignoring my wardrobe too, but have to deal with it soon aka tomorrow! Xx
These are all great tips, thanks for sharing! I always think it’s a good idea to give a piece you’re unsure about a testing period, like you said – if you don’t wear it in the next three months (or the next season, or whatever time frame you choose) then it’s time to clean it out.
Kathryn • simplykk.com
It is indeed, no time for more excuses then!! Xx
Great post, babe! Your tips are helpful, especially planning ahead! I am actually shopping my closet more this season and just finished a semi-closet cleanup. Happy Monday! x
That’s lovely! I’m going to start tomorrow with mine actually! Xx
These are great tips that would definitely work.
I hope they will! Xx
This is such a perfect post because I just organized mine and my children’s closet! I always do it in the winter time…it’s so cold here so, I’m very productive indoors! 🙂 He he Anyhow, great tips, my friend!
Happy Monday, babe!
That’s so good, I’m going to start with mine soon too haha! Xx
Hi there, hope you had a great time these Holidays and wish you the best for the new year that is just starting!
Great tips to keep in my mind, actually one of my main resolutions for this new year are: living with less and invest in better fewer things (fashion and furniture specifically) so these ideas match perfectly with what I want to achieve in the upcoming months!
Best from Barcelona and keep doing posts like this one!
That sounds like a lovely resolution, great way to go for sustainable development! And have a lovely 2018 babe!!! Xx
Good tips! I try to stay on top of this throughout the year, but I could definitely stand a clean out right now.
Straight A Style
Same here, always good to start fresh! Xx
I just did this over the holiday break. It sure feels amazing walking into a closet that is clean and organized. A great way to start the new year!
That’s lovely! I’m going to start with mine soon! Xx
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