Closet organization is a simple, yet gratifying way to transition our wardrobes into Spring. There can be a symbolic meaning to assessing and re-configuring the contents of our closets. We give preference to necessary pieces, store out-of-season items and let go of the rest.
“Begin with the end in mind.”
There are several options for how our closets can look when we finish. Color coordinating, matching specific articles together or even separating specific styles such as work from play are just a few ways to visualize the new space.
Once we have our vision, it’s time to empty the closet, piece by piece.
Side note: We try to slow down and relax throughout this process; feel the music and reminisce on where you were when you last wore the ski hat, gold clutch, velveteen jumper...
All blue stays together, or all rompers or all suits…
As previous seasons’ pieces present themselves, we start placing them in the designated storage. If we find pieces we haven’t worn in a year or longer, we separate them into a "tentative donation" group.
Once the closet is empty, we take a break—the most time-consuming part is over. When we return, we determine what the most important or worn group is, then place it at the center or focal point of the closet.
We continue placing groups in order of importance.
Next, we place our attention on the tentative donation group. We keep, donate or dispose of these items based on these questions:
When did I wear this last?
Does this fit?
What do I have now that I can wear this with?
Is this special to me?
If it’s special, or it fits and can be worn with other pieces, it might be a keeper. If not, we donate items in good condition and discard the rest.
If we have room, we store garment bags in the back of the closet and bins under longer garments. Some space alternatives are under the bed, in coat closets or in furniture with storage.
Bask in the new season and welcome the months to come.
What do you plan to listen to while you sort? Let us know in the comments below.