How to Organize Your Closet

I’ve been meaning to post on this article from People’s Stylewatch April 2008 issue for about 3 months now.  Better late than never!  Here are 5 great tips from Barbra Horowitz, personal stylist, author of Closet Control and host of Fashion 411:

  1. Shed some light on the subject.  Make sure your closet is well-lit so you can see what you have, and also invest in a full-length mirror.
  2. Merchandise it like a favorite boutique.  When you walk into a store while shopping and can’t figure out the layout, you get overwhelmed and leave.  It’s the same with your closet – if you like the way it looks and feels, you’re less likely to become stressed when trying to figure out what to wear.  Organize your clothes in a way that makes sense – grouping by type of item or by color, for example – and, put anything that’s new/exciting front and center.
  3. Consider resale.  If you buy new clothes knowing that you will eventually sell them, you’ll get into a regular purging mindset and also be able to afford more expensive items (retail price minus resale cost equals your true cost).  Horowitz’ motto is: "Own it first, wear it fast, sell it quickly, repeat process."
  4. It‘s not about the weather.  You should pack away bikinis in winter and heavy coats in summer, but refrain from organizing your closet by season because Horowitz says you can miss out on great styling moments this way.  She says, "Fashion happens when we wear opposites – a turtleneck with a chiffon evening top over it."
  5. Maintain.  And here’s my favorite quote from Horowitz: "Your wardrobe is like your front lawn or your hair.  It needs constant maintenance.  If your closet is tightly pruned all year, you’ll have far less work keeping it in order"  (p. 44). Well said! 
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