How many times have you looked at your closet and thought “I don’t have a thing to wear” or “I’m wearing the same outfits all the time”?
The irony is that we usually have a lot of clothes, but we’re just not wearing them. I read that on average we only wear about 20% of what we have!
The other day I was looking for something to wear to a casual dinner at a friend’s house and realized that I was bored with my usual outfits but I didn’t have time to scramble and try on something different.
This got me thinking about how I organize my closet, what clothes are in my line of sight and what clothes I miss. I have always considered myself to be organized, but obviously something is missing if I’m only wearing 20% of my clothes! So, my goal became to re-arrange my closet to create more outfits.
You may already use one of these methods of organization:
- Organize your clothes by season. Spring, summer, fall then winter.
- Organize by type. Separate your blouses, pants, skirts, dresses and jackets.
- Organize by activity. Hang all your business clothes together, then casual, then dressy.
- Organize your clothes by how often you wear them. Favourite pieces are always accessible.
- Organize by colour.
All good methods, but maybe it was time to think out of the box, or out of the closet as it were.
I have always arranged my closet by activity and colour and now that I’m in my 60’s and my lifestyle has changed, I need more casual and dressy casual clothes and less business.
I still have specific outfits for the few business meetings I attend, but why can’t I wear those for other purposes? And why am I keeping good clothes for only special occasions? And what about clothes that I had designated for summer wear only when some of those tee’s and tank tops can be worn under cardigans or jackets in cooler weather.
I decided that I would re-arrange everything in my closet by outfit combinations.
I removed everything from my closet and selected 1 item I wanted to create an outfit around. I chose a velvet blazer that I wear with crepe pants for an evening out. But that jacket can also be worn in the daytime.
I hung everything together that I could possibly wear with that jacket and ended up with a pencil skirt, plaid pants, indigo jeans, black jeans, crepe pants, 4 blouses and 2 tops for a minimum of 10 outfit combinations. I then added a duster length cardigan which could be worn with everything in that grouping, giving me another 10 outfits!
Then I added scarves and necklaces. By the time I finished, most of my closet was organized this way and it felt brand new. It also exposed which pieces aren’t versatile or are stand-alones.
Here are some other ideas to try:
- Change the order in which you hang your clothes. Take what’s in the back of the closet and move it to the front. Forgotten clothes will now be visible.
- If you have a walk-in closet that has shelves and hanging bars, switch it up so that everything is now hanging or folded in a different place.
- If you arrange by activity now, change that and arrange by season or colour.
- Stop arranging by type. Arrange by outfit combinations which is what I did.
Want to learn more? You may also enjoy:
How to create a wardrobe that will always give you something to wear
All these ideas will give you a fresh look at what’s in your closet. Give it a try, you will be surprised at how many new outfit combinations you can create.
How do you like to arrange your closet? Let us know in a comment below.
Author bio: Yvonne Grzebien’s passion for fashion started at a young age through modelling and then progressed to working in the fashion and cosmetics business for many years. She also has training as a Colours Consultant. Yvonne lives in Canada and when the weather permits you will find her on the golf course.
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