With a new season, comes a natural inclination to change things around the household. And as a real estate agent, I am often asked for guidance that transcends a real estate transaction, including how to better organize one’s wardrobe space. Prepping your closet for a new season takes a few hours of your time but is worth every minute invested. So before you rush out and shop for new pieces to elevate your wardrobe, consider paying your closet a visit.
Twice a year, I overhaul my wardrobe area. I start by taking everything out of the closet. After eliminating the dust and garbage, I apply the familiar “give away, toss, sell” approach to assess each piece before, it makes its way back into the wardrobe. This process can be overwhelming, thus planning is key. To accomplish what needs to get done in my closet, I set aside about 2 uninterrupted hours. When the time comes to clean, I turn up the music, grab a mug of coffee and go to work.
1. Clear Your Space, Clear Your Mind
Make sure you have a few garbage bags on hand and begin by removing EVERYTHING from your closet. Next, dust, clean and vacuum your space – you will have the highest rate of success when you start the process with a blank canvas.
2. Assess Every Garment
As you review each article, ask yourself the following questions:
- Have I worn it in a year?
- Is it time to replace it?
- Would I buy this piece today?
When you are uncertain if an item is a keeper, try the garment on. If a piece no longer fits, has holes, or is no longer your style, consider letting go.
3. Sort Everything Into 6 Piles
Consider replacing all of your hangers with black felt hangers, or at least, hangers of the same type.
Once all your garments are back in the closet, consider grouping similar garments together; i.e.: skirts, pants, dresses. I like colorize my garments within their related categories. Grouping and colorizing your garments will allow you to locate them much easier.
5. Accessories, Handbags, and Shoes
Organize or hang accessories, handbags, and shoes front and center.
Why? We only wear what is in plain sight.
To conserve space, consider putting off-season accessories, handbags, and shoes in storage bins to bring around when the season turns.
A Helpful Stylist Tips:
Turn all of your hangers backward. When you remove something off the hanger to wear, turn the hanger around. After six months, you will see which clothes you don’t wear because the hanger will still face backward. At that point, determine if you wish to keep the unworn items or donate/resell them.
Make a list of what is missing; items you need in order to round out your wardrobe. Update this list as needed and carry it with you when you shop. Being able to refer back to your Wish List will keep you on target with your closet goals and allow you to shop with intention vs. emotion.
Once you’ve done the hard work of purging, sorting and organizing visit this helpful article from House Beautiful, 30 Best Closet Organization Ideas (HERE), and begin creating the closet your’ve always dreamed of having.
Whether it’s buying, selling, or just enjoying what you have, please consider us your soup to nuts real estate partner. We that hope this post was helpful if you’ve been looking to organize a closet or two in your own home. Prepping a closet for a new season takes a few hours of your time but is worth every minute invested.
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Whether it’s buying, selling, or just enjoying what you have, please consider us your soup to nuts real estate partner. We that hope this post was helpful if you’ve been looking for a way to switch things up in your home. Your home should be a place to relax and enjoy life – your Happy Place. Strive to create spaces that make you feel at peace and if something’s not working; make a change. Often it’s the smallest change that creates the biggest impact.
About Us: Rick and Suzanne Bell are real estate agents with over 45 years combined experience in real estate home sales. Serving Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Palo Alto, Mountain View and surrounding Silicon Valley communities, Rick and Suzanne deliver a diverse and unique skill set when assisting clients in the marketing of their homes.
Rick’s background in both commercial and residential real estate marketing, coupled with his personal experience in real estate investment and home renovation empowers Rick’s clients with creative, unique and practical solutions when preparing and marketing their homes for sale.
Having managed nearly 500 employees as a Nordstrom store manager, Suzanne’s background in leadership, problem solving & customer service provides for a very unique skill set in addressing the challenges often faced during a modern real estate transaction.