After deciding to download the financial app Mint (highly suggest!) and seeing my purchases broken down by categories (food, health, travel to name a few) I noticed how much I was spending on shopping. Shopoholic
After deciding to download the financial app Mint (highly suggest!) and seeing my purchases broken down by categories (food, health, travel, to name a few) I noticed how much I was spending on shopping. Shopoholic doesn’t even begin to describe me, my friends. While I had to remind myself that May was my birthday month and that I might have justified one too many purchases as little gifts to myself, it still does not excuse the fact that I spend waay too much money on my wardrobe. So on May 20th I publically announced a shopping ban until July. However I do hope to extend this ban until the end of summer.
I’ve decided to take control of my life, and my shopping habits, and build a functioning wardrobe that reflects my personal style. One that I am proud of, one that mirrors the essence of who I am, and one that I truly love! So today I wanted share my journey on how I pared down, purged, and reorganized my closet all while reevaluating my personal style. I feel like lately I’ve gotten a great feel of what my style has evolved in to and I think that with that ‘ah ha’ moment I efficiently was able to rebuild and refocus my closet. There are still several gaps that need to be filled but at least I’ve identified those gaps and can build a list of the items needed so that I can buy later on down the road.
So without further ado, here are four steps I used to reorganizing my closet. I hope they are as helpful for you!
Step One: Take Stock
An essential step, taking inventory of what you initially have hanging in your closet is a great way to discover what you love, what essentials you might be missing, but most importantly, what you no longer wear.
- Go through every single piece of clothing you own and evaluate its worth in the wardrobe you want to create. Does is scream the current version of yourself or that of the person you used to be five years ago?
Step Two: Elimination
Saying farewell to the items you no longer wear is a necessary yet difficult step to complete.
- Make three piles (yes, no, maybe) and truly asses each item, try it on, and then throw it in the corresponding pile. Don’t hold on to things if: you haven’t worn it in five months, does not fit/isn’t flattering, and lastly has rips or stains beyond repair.
- *If something is no longer ‘on trend’ but flatters your figure and you feel completely confident in it, keep it! As long as a trend works for your style and body, it will always be in style!
Step Three: Establish a Uniform
Take time to reevaluate what’s left hanging in your newly organized closet and evaluate what styles, silhouettes and colors work best for your body and skin tone.
- Don’t be afraid of establishing a uniform that captures your style. Embrace what works! However don’t be afraid to step outside of your comfort zone and try new styles. Just because you’ve established a uniform doesn’t mean that your pigeon holed to it.
Step Four: Closing the Gap
After you’ve weeded through your closet and established what you’ll be keeping and what you’ll be tossing, find out what basics you are lacking.
- Create a list and work on closing those gaps in your wardrobe. Also, add to your list any items that might have been tossed because they’d been damaged beyond repair but were wardrobe essentials.