Let’s Talk Closets

16 Oct

I can see my breath in the morning, I’m spotting UGGs® everywhere, and leaf piles are appearing in the street. It must be fall! So that means it’s time to get your closet ready for the upcoming winter.
If you’re like me, you don’t like having your sandals, shorts, and capris in the way when you’re trying to dress for sub-zero weather. If you’re lucky enough that you live somewhere that doesn’t get winter, you can just stop reading right here and go have a sandwich or something.

Obviously, you’re going to want to get the summer stuff out of your way. Hopefully you’ve got an attic, a basement or some other out-of-the-way place you can stash a few things for the season. I personally prefer to use a couple of large, sturdy plastic totes. They’re water-, mildew-, and pest-resistant, they stack nicely, and they are easy to label with a marker & some masking tape.

First, you want to make sure you CLEAN everything before you put it away. I mean, imagine if you stash that camisole for the winter while it’s still got some deodorant and a little sweat on there… ICK. So take a little time to throw in a load of laundry or two while you’re doing the rest of your closet re-set.

Second, see if anything – whether it’s getting put away or being put in the closet – needs any MENDING. Wait wait… don’t go get that sandwich, hear me out! I know that sounds like an awful, time-consuming task, but it will seriously take you a lot less time than you think. If you don’t have sewing basics at home, all you need to pick up is some basic colors of thread (based on what you wear most); a couple needles (thinner ones for more delicate fabric, thicker ones for heavier fabric); a pair of scissors; hem tape; and some good lighting. You can secure a button, mend a small hole, or fix a dropped hem in the time it takes for one TV show. If you aren’t familiar with hem tape… please get to know this fantastic product! All you need is a flat surface, and an iron, and suddenly you’re Martha Stewart®. It is amazing stuff for fixing hems, cuffs, etc. instead of using needle & thread. There are tons of helpful tutorials online if you don’t know your way around a needle or thread tape. It’s really not that hard, I promise.

Third – how about we do a little ORGANIZATION while we’re on this kick? I like to keep my closet organized by color. Some people like to do it by garment type. Whatever works best for your style of dressing – and that you think you might actually maintain. I know for a lot of people, room can be a big issue in a closet… there never seems to be enough. If that’s the case, consider investing in some closet organization products. Do some research online (there are about a gazillion blogs on home org, so you shouldn’t have trouble finding some tips), and try to figure out what products might help your personal situation the most. Shelf dividers, flat hangers, and shoe shelving have all been sanity-savers for me.

Lastly – make sure you’ve got the BASICS for a good wardrobe, and it will make dressing easier all season long. You don’t need to invest a ton of money – you just need to buy things that work together in multiple ways. There’s a certain website I heard about (hint: it’s miuscollection.com!) where you can pick up a few beautiful, flexible pieces to work into a stylish wardrobe. Assess what you have, analyze outfits you love (Pinterest is phenomenal for this exercise), and shop accordingly. Take your time to collect some classic pieces, and you’ll be on your way to a more fulfilling closet. Happy shopping!

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