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New Year, New Closet: Tips for an Edited Wardrobe

Minimal clothes in contemporary closet system

Minimal clothes in contemporary closet system
The New Year often means a time to reset and to evaluate how you want to improve yourself and your life. For many, this is a great opportunity to update your wardrobe and find your style. One way to edit your wardrobe is by culling pieces you no longer love and to get organized.

Try A Capsule

A capsule wardrobe could be a great solution for your organizing problems. A capsule wardrobe is usually made up of twenty to thirty pieces each season excluding jewelry and other accessories. The number of pieces in your capsule wardrobe can vary from season to season, but it’s a great way to rotate your items get a lot of wear from them. Since capsules are limited in size, this means pieces need to be versatile and it’s a great way to maintain a streamlined closet. You can change up your style each season.

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Toss Now

A neat closet is often one that is not too cluttered or overflowing with items from every drawer or cabinet. To keep your closet organized, go through and toss out items that you don’t use and don’t plan on using in the coming year. Don’t let items sit around for too long or you may be tempted to keep everything.

Take Inventory & Style

Once you’ve settled on the items you know you love and will wear, it’s time to take inventory and style them. We recommend using a smartphone app, although just taking pictures or doing a mental checklist could be all you need. Taking a few hours to try items on and to style them with the rest of the items in your wardrobe is a great way to see what works, what you love wearing, and to plan outfits in advance. This can prevent the feeling that you have nothing to wear, speeds up the process of getting ready, and makes you feel good about what you do wear. Don’t forget to include accessories in the photos you take to complete an outfit.

Test a New Rule

Use a strict one-in, one-out policy for new purchases. This prevents overcrowding and keeps your wardrobe as minimal as possible. Using this rule also helps you think about what you purchase since you’d have to get rid of something for every new purchase.

Stick to a Schedule

Regularly decluttering is key for maintaining an organized wardrobe and one that fits your style. Make a reminder or create an event on your calendar so you stick to a schedule. You can use the change in seasons to guide what goes and what stays in your wardrobe. Don’t forget that seasonal items can be rotated out of your closet to make the most of your space.

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