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Minimalist Living Ways to Tame Your Wardrobe ...

By Olga

Taming a closet for any woman is a daunting affair. The thought of getting rid of clothes and bags that you have had for years and made an emotional connection with can be a bit overwhelming. However, decluttering your closet doesn’t have to be an arduous process. An organized wardrobe will allow you to pair different clothes and come up with an impeccable outfit. You will be able to know what clothes you have and which among them fit well.

A wardrobe should contain essentials that you cannot do without. You don’t need unnecessary junk that will slow your dressing processing as you try to check what fits and what matches what. Two or three luxury designer handbags are all you need for your closet to match a variety of outfits. A classic Celine Handbag, for instance, goes well with several outfits of different colors and shades.

Dressing becomes a fun activity when the closet isn’t a hot mess. Surveys conducted goes to show that we only wear about 20% of the clothes in our closet 80% of the time. This is quite unfortunate as it means you don’t get good wear for clothes that you have placed your hard-earned money on them.
Below is a step by step order to effectively re-arrange their closet;

1 Have a Plan and Get Prepared

You need to have a plan of how you are going to execute the task before you. Don’t do the de-cluttering in a rush or a dimly lit room to make sure it’s done properly. Be ready with boxes or bags dependent on the amount of junk you have. Grouping the items into different boxes minimizes any second-guessing that may arise.

2 Empty the Closet into a Pile and Sort

The first step is to take everything out of the closet so that you know what’s in there. Don’t forget to include the items that may be in the laundry too. Quickly sort the pile of clothes into 3 categories; ‘keeps,’ ‘maybe,’ and ‘toss.’ The ‘keeps’ pile should be of clothes that you wear on a day-to-day basis. They are the items that you dearly love and wouldn’t want to get rid of. If there are items that you haven’t worn in the past 6 months, they go to the ‘toss’ box unless they are seasonal clothes.

3 Neatly Store the Needed Items Back in the Closet

For clothes not worn in the past year, it’s very unlikely that you will wear them again this year. There is no need of holding on to these items as clothes are known to get in and out of fashion. There is no point in holding on to the 80s or 90s style in the hope that the style will come back. Make sure you then try everything on using a full-length mirror. If you cannot be honest with yourself, invite over your friend to give you their honest opinion. When you are satisfied with what you have decided to keep, Place back the items in a neat and organized manner in the closet. Leave spaces between the clothes to enable easy maneuver as you look for clothes to wear.

4 Deal with the Rejected Pile Immediately

These are items that you know without a doubt should go to the ‘toss’ pile. You may choose to donate these items to charity or gift your family and friends. For the ‘maybe pile,’ store the items for about 6 months out of visible sight. If 6 months erupts and you haven’t felt an actual need of them, toss them away!

5 Maintain Your Organized Closet

After all the hard labor, relax with a hot cup of coffee busking in the glory of your minimalist closet. Moving forward, it’s paramount to maintain the cleanliness and order of the closet. Always color coordinate items to make it easier to locate particular clothes. Minimalism is an ongoing process that requires updating items and tossing those that don’t offer value to you.

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