In T's world, closets are considered a room. And shouldn't they be? You use it numerous times a day, everyday. It houses a very important part of your life (unless you are a nudist) and like other rooms in your house, when organized, it can make your life worry free.
Most people are easily overwhelmed by their clothes closets and why shouldn't they be? They are usually a jumble of clothes, shoes, belts, scarves, handbags...the list goes on and on. And unless you are Carrie Bradshaw, it is unlikely you have THE closet you have always dreamed of. I dream on a daily basis of a large walk-in closet that is possibly bigger then my bedroom, with a center console, enough shoe racks to keep even this self-proclaimed shoe addict happy and empty shelves just begging to be filled. But, then reality sets in.
So, until you write numerous books and marry a Wall Street financial guy, what steps can you take to make your closet a little more user-friendly? Let's talk about the overwhelming amount of clothes you might have. There are statistics out there that claim most people only wear 20-30% of their closets. 20-30%! That is less then one third of your closet. Do yourself a favor...put on some comfy, neutral colored clothes, pump up the good music and take a honest look through your clothes.
(side note: Why the neutral colored clothes? So you can try on clothes and not try to envision how cute your orange skirt could look without that red top on)
If you don't feel good in something, donate it. YOU WILL NOT WEAR IT IF YOU DON'T FEEL GREAT WEARING IT! Yes, all caps because you know it's true. Don't hold onto it because you wore it on your first date with your husband or because it was the t-shirt you were wearing when your son scored his first home-run. Make room for the current clothes you own or better yet, to buy something you actually love and want to wear.
Now that you've done an initial sweep, let's try the six month rule if you store your clothes seasonally. If you have all of your clothes in one closet, use the one year rule. Start by sorting clothes by category or color (readers beware that I do both but I'm also an organizational addict so there's that). Once that is done, make sure all your clothes and hangers are facing the same way. After you have worn a piece of clothing, turn the hanger around in the opposite direction. At the end of the six months or a year, donate the clothes you haven't worn. Because really, if you haven't worn them in 6 months, do you really need them?
Live, Love and Stay Organized!