Ah yes, Spring cleaning. Feels so good when it’s done but gives me anxiety just thinking about it. This month, I (AKA Kevin) decided it was finally time to sort through my closet. A month or so ago, I took an Instagram poll to see if people would be interested in buying my gently used clothing. I got an unanimous yes, but that still left me with the task of sorting through everything. I’m not gonna lie, I procrastinated it for as long as I could. The task was just overwhelming. Then came the day when Kevin was cleaning up and opened my closet, only to find that there was literally no room to put anything (oops!).
So last weekend, I took some time to sort through items to “toss” and items to keep. It, surprisingly, took relatively no time at all. So I’m here to share my secrets on what I did and how I’m organizing my closet now!
1. One Year Rule:
You may have heard of this one before, but it’s pretty simple. I decided that if I hadn’t worn a piece of clothing in a year, it was time to part ways with it. If you’re like me, you may be holding on to a few (or 10) items with the idea that you may wear them at some point. But, a lot happens in a year. And, chances are, if you haven’t found one occasion to wear a particular item in the last 365 days, you’re likely not going to find a time to wear it in the next 365. I decided to get rid of any item (clothing, shoes, purses etc) that I hadn’t used in the last year.
2. The Confidence Rule:
This one is particularly important. If you don’t absolutely love an item in your closet and feel confident wearing it, why keep it? It’s human nature to change. And our styles change with us. Holding on to an item because you feel that you should like it or because it feels “trendy” is silly. If it doesn’t go with who you are at the core or where you’re headed, you’re doing yourself a disfavor! It’s time to “toss” any item that you don’t love to wear!
3. Staples to Keep:
Trends come and go, but there are some staples you may want to consider keeping. Items like strappy camis (like these ones) or a neutral cardigan (like this one) are timeless and essential layering pieces. These are items that don’t go out of style and, as long as they’re in good condition, you can still get a lot of wear out of them! Other items you may want to consider keeping are good denim jeans (like these ones I’ve had for over 2 years), a good jacket (similar to this one), or basic tees (like these ones).
After you’ve sorted through your closet using rules 1 & 2 and deciding what your staples are with rule 3, it’s time to organize (my favorite part)! When Kev and I moved to Minneapolis, we moved from an apartment in the suburbs to an apartment in the city. We downsized considerably, and I lost my walk-in closet 😭. This meant less space for my clothes so I got creative with the space I had. And, after sorting through items last weekend, I had a lot more space to use the organizational system I invested in last Fall!
Within my closet, I use bins like these from Target as well as a hanging shelf like this one to store jeans, tops and foldable sweaters. I use the konmari folding method to save space. I also have a shelving unit like this one that I use to keep my shoes on (I have way too many to use a shoe rack – lol!). This week, I also picked up a new laundry hamper with three units – one for lights, darks and donations. That way if I come across an item in the future to “toss” I can easily put it in the hamper without it taking up space in my closet!
I also exchanged my old hangers for these new sleek hangers from Bend & Hook. Not only are these much prettier than my old ones from Target, but they also save a considerable amount of space in my closet! Plus, they comes in a ton of colors so you can pick something that goes with almost any color scheme. I got the “magnolia white” color since well know I’m a fan of neutrals! I’ll admit, I was worried that they didn’t have separate “hooks” for cami straps, but the design of the hanger makes it so that it’s impossible for straps to fall off (genius)!
Bend & Hook is a local company based in the Twin Cities so it feels good to buy local while also saving space and making my closet look a bit more chic at the same time. I got the regular hangers; however, they do have a line specially made for petites as well. This means no more awkward shoulder bumps on petite sweaters so I’m thinking I need to pick up a box of those! They also have collections for babies, tweens, plus-sized and men’s big & tall so there’s literally something for everyone, which I love! I was able to get us a discount code too so you guys can check these out! Use code “BHLOMEYER” for free shipping on your order
One last thing, wondering what to do with all of the clothes in your “toss” pile? You could donate them, but did you know that a lot of donated clothes actually end up in landfills? Donating clothes is still a good option, and I still do it! But, you can also thrift your clothes and make some money back! My good friend Emerson is an Ebay wiz and wrote a really helpful blog post on how to sell clothes on Ebay (she’s sold almost $2,000 worth of clothing since January alone!). For all of those interested in my gently used clothing, I will be selling it on Ebay in the coming weeks so stay tuned!
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