Today, we’re going to talk about a very important part of fashion: How To Organize Your Closet, organizing your clothes, keeping them in tact and finally knowing when it’s the time to get rid of them. Yes, I’m going to tell you how to organize your wardrobe and cleaning out your closet (in India, we only have cupboards by the way).
The scenario: It all started yesterday when I need to clear out a shelf–a shelf for my sister and co-founder of the blog, whose going to visiting us this weekend. Somewhere, between the hangars, clothes that keep falling off the hangar and into the bermuda triangle where there is no light, was my top from Mast & Harbour, a kurta that was a gift and my skinny jeans.
Have you been in the same situation? God, I hope not. Because the more I cleared out, more came the realisations. Realisation that this was the money I didn’t save, that I had put on weight and didn’t fit into shit. The fact that I some of them still had price tags on–while I wore the same tee-shirt! And lastly, stuff I’d stopped wearing 5 years ago.
Here’s what you I did and I think you should do:
1. Make a pile of your most recently bought and worn set of clothes: all of them. This way you know they fit you. If there’s anything damaged, torn, it’s better to keep it aside.
2. Next, make a pile of all the clothes you haven’t worn in a while: you need to TRY THEM ON. The ones that are ill-fitted or don’t fit you should be either sold (just starting in India) or given away to those who need them more than you.
3. Make a pile of old tee-shirts and denims. I am not a very creative person but you can keep a few for towel drying your hair, cut them up into cropped tees if that’s your thing or make your own pair of distressed jeans. Believe me, there are tons of videos and all you need is a steady hand, a blade and a sharp pair of scissors.
4. Once you’ve decided what you’re keeping, comes the organisational part. Remember, you only WEAR what you can SEE. So organise the clothes you want to wear in front of your eyesight.
5. Another tip that comes in handy is to have a bit of colour co-ordination when it comes to hangers: start from whites, pinks and blues, prints together, keeping all greys and blacks towards the ends.
6. Keep all belts and scarves on a store bought box or hooks that can be put inside the closet.
7. Keep an eye for what you wear: try not to repeat your outfit and just make the most of your closet. A trick that I picked up from YouTube was too keep turning around the hangar (hang it ulta) so you know which items haven’t been worn. Come time for monsoon cleaning and those items should be out of your closet.
More coming up on my experience of selling clothes online and donating clothes in India.