How to organize your closet once and for all.
I live in an old house with no closet storage. When we moved in, we came with two 3-drawer dressers and two cheap clothing racks. It wasn’t enough by any means, but it was all we had. I was swimming in a sea of disorganization, and I was utterly overwhelmed with laundry until I created a wardrobe that worked for me. The secret to my success was the “goal”den rule. Now, I have the organized closet of my dreams.
The “goal”den rule is the basis around the ebook ‘The Golden Wardrobe.’ This book helps you build and organize your closet from start to finish. Not only does it provide a step by step blueprint for successfully curating your wardrobe, it includes a questionnaire to help you figure out what you need, tips to make building your wardrobe easy and how to shop for new pieces. You can find the book on Amazon here and is available via the Amazon Kindle App, which you can download onto any device for free.
Here are 5 steps to help you organize your closet.
The “Goal”den Rule
Starting with a goal is the most crucial step. You need to have a clear idea before you begin. What does your clothing need to do for YOU? The main goal I have for my closet is to create a cohesive, usable wardrobe.
Key things I need out of my wardrobe:
When I break it down, that means
- Maximize the usability of my pieces by having items in my closet that work seamlessly together, giving me unlimited outfit combinations for every occasion.
- Items can be worn for multiple seasons or occasions. I live in an area where the temperature can vary drastically.
- Has the ability to last me long term or be worn a multitude of times.
- Bonus: Sustainability – eco-friendly clothing made with recycled fibers or ethically sourced materials.
Now that we have a goal in mind.
Let’s talk about HOW to create a wardrobe that works for you. Part of the process for developing a wardrobe that works for you is to create a clear vision. Doing so gives our closet a theme instead of haphazardly thrown together.
Figure out your style.
When looking to actually organize your closet, the first thing you need to ask yourself is, “what’s my style?” There are many different types of styles; this article will cover a few of the most popular. Let me also add, this is not a detailed list, and you can have elements of each in your overall wardrobe. For more inspiration, search Pinterest. There are a ton of different styles that are not covered here.
- Classic: These pieces are timeless, neutral silhouettes that never go out of style. The bulk of your wardrobe should contain classic pieces since these items will always be on-trend, like a trench coat or a wrap dress.
- Edgy: Think cool girls wearing leather. Black, band tees and plaid also fit into this category.
- Feminine: Blush tones, lace, ruffles, florals, delicate fabrics.
- Bohemian: This style typically referred to as hippie or gypsy-like and was popularized in the ’60s and ’70s. The clothing is free-flowing with artistic patterns.
- Vintage: Vintage can be considered in any previous era. However, I am referring to pin-up or vintage fashion that has elements of the ’40s and ’50s.
Pick your colors.
My primary colors are white, black, and nude. If you want to look polished or bring in pops of color, a good basic wardrobe is vital.
I have a few colorful pieces in my closet that I may donate after this year, as I’m not a massive fan of bright colors. If I want to add a pop to my wardrobe, I have two options: have colorful accessories or wear muted/pastel type colors.
Think about using pattern and texture.
I prefer neutral patterns and textures to bring interest to my outfits. I particularly like linen in the summer and leather in colder months.
For my patterns, I’ve chosen to stick with stripes and florals.
Neckline, silhouette, length.
Lastly, figure out what looks best on you. What silhouette fits your body best?
The best tip I have for this is to put on your favorite outfit. The one that makes you feel the most confident. What do you like about it? What are the cuts on each item of clothing?
I am more likely to wear v-necks or boatneck tops with 3/4 sleeves. In the winter, I gravitate towards turtlenecks to keep me warm. Additionally, long sleeves should cover my wrists so that I can cuff them.
Pants and skirts/dresses:
I chose to stick with flowy midi or maxi skirts (or dresses) and mid-rise tapered leg pants that hit just above my ankle. Lastly, my body shape is very straight, so I try to find items that sinch in my waist like a wrap-style dress.
How to create a wardrobe that works for you in five easy steps.
I hope this helps you corral your clothing. The reason this system worked for me is that it is a practical and realistic approach to organize my closet. I love my wardrobe, and going through this process made what I need and want so clear. I hope you give it a try.
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