3 Ways to Get Organized Once and for All
Closet expert Lili Pettit is known for transforming and organizing several celebrities' expansive wardrobes, including Jessica Alba’s. Each month, we ask Pettit for her expert opinion on a new closet-related topic. Scroll down for this month’s tips!
Editing your closet can be quite daunting in theory, but it doesn’t have to be a stressful or time-consuming task. And with a new year quickly approaching, there's no time like the present to tackle this all-important organizational project. By following these three simple, non-intimidating steps, you can lighten the load in your closet and your life in just a few hours (and make choosing outfits infinitely easier). In the words of Amelia Earhart, “The most effective way to do it is to do it.” Can't argue with that!
So go—be bold, get in your closet, and learn my tips below! (And shop a few accessories to help you achieve complete organization.)
We can never fully achieve an organized closet or an organized state of mind without first setting aside the time to do the damn thing! It doesn’t need to take all year or eat up your entire weekend. Simply set aside a Saturday or Sunday afternoon and commit to taking a good hard look at what you have in your closet.
In the words of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up author Marie Kondo, “Bring every piece of clothing you find to the same place, and spread them out on the floor. Then pick up each outfit and see if it sparks joy.”
I 100% agree with Marie! Take it all out! Yes, even your pajamas, bras, socks, and those leg warmers you haven’t worn in five years. Next, I suggest you separate every item into piles placing like with like. For example, place all your T-shirts in one big pile, and then sort them by style (regular tees, graphic, sleeveless, etc.) and finally by color. By seeing all of your clothing in one place, it will be clear which items do not spark joy.
Once you have weeded out the items that simply aren’t working, you will have gained a lot more real estate after returning items to the closet and drawers. Allow the empty space to just be, and allow your clothes to breathe. Empty space is not only pleasing to the eye; empty space means you have room for new pieces!
Once you have done your editing, tidying, and beautifying, now you have to nurture your space. No one goes to the gym one time and creates their ideal body. It’s something you do daily. Set an appointment in your calendar every day or every week to take care of your refreshed space just like you would for a workout or hair appointment. I recommend a few minutes before bed so that you wake up to a clean and serene space AND a few minutes before you walk out of the house in the morning. Waking up to a Zen-like closet makes getting dressed pleasant and sets the tone for the rest of your day!
Create the habit of putting things back where they belong and editing every two to three months is a must. Using the “one in, one out” rule can help stop anxiety and overcrowding well before it becomes an issue. Meaning every time a new item comes into your closet, an old one gets the boot.
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Opening Image: Sarah Vonh
This post has been updated by Allyson Payer.