Want to have a closet that you love no matter what the size? Great design is important. But having clothes and accessories that you enjoy wearing is key. Let’s face it, a closet full of things you no longer wear or remember doesn’t serve you. A great closet should have what you love–stored just the way you want it.
At Columbus Closets, we can build a closet that can hold anything and everything. But what we really hope is that you have a functional space that displays your things so that you can plan well or dress well on the fly.
There is a lot of great advice for capsule wardrobes or for creating a wardrobe by numbers (picking a number of items and sticking to it). But we find this to be unnecessarily rigid. Professionals often ask, “when is the last time that you wore that?” But really we think this is the wrong question. The real question is “when do plan on wearing it again?” The key term is “planning.” Not sure how to answer that question? Here is our full proof advice.
The first step is to pull out all of your clothes. I recommend grouping like things together first. Go through each pile asking these three questions:
- Does it fit well?
- Is it in good condition?
- Is it the look that you currently like?
Discard anything that doesn’t make the cut.The result is a LIKE pile that will get you ready for the real LOVE test: a wardrobe plan. Planning involves making outfits with the remaining items. As a general rule, you want your items to coordinate with at least 2 other pieces. Do you see items that just don’t pair well or make an outfit you want? Put these in a donate pile (or resale). Now layer in your accessories, shoes and handbags as well to complete the look.
Don’t have faith to part with your things so soon? We recommend putting mismatched items in a box and out of sight. After a couple months, if you still aren’t missing them, you know it is okay to let them go.
You’ve achieved 2 important things during this exercise: becoming fully aware of what you own, and having nothing that you don’t. There is no better organizational freedom than that.
Here are a couple more pieces of wardrobe advice.
-The app Closet is a virtual assistant for your wardrobe. You can take pictures of your things and plan on the go. This is especially helpful when shopping so you won’t bring home items that don’t belong in your planned space! http://closetapp.com/
-For maximum versatility, stylists recommend 3 tops for each type of bottom (i.e., denim, khaki, linen, etc). So shop for bottoms as foundational pieces and let your tops, jackets etc be the gateway for accessorizing.
Here are some great looking closets to inspire you: http://www.columbusclosets.com/index.php/custom-closets/ Happy closeteering!!