The new year is right around the corner – it will be 2023 in a matter of days! The new year tends to inspire us all to do a little organizing around the house and in our personal lives. And our closets are no exception! Today, our Nashville Stylists share favorite tips for a quick new year’s closet clean up!
Nashville Stylists Share Favorite Tips For A Quick New Year’s Closet Clean Up
The start of a fresh year brings a desire to have our homes in order, and this includes what many view as a daunting space… The closet! Here are some of the top signs you need to clean out your closet:
- Your closet is messy, and you often cannot find what you are looking for.
- You don’t wear some of your go-to clothing pieces because they don’t fit.
- You feel stressed or frustrated when you go into your closet to get dressed for the day.
- Your drawers or closet doors don’t close.
- You find yourself saying, “I have a closet full of clothes and nothing to wear”.
Whether you fall into one or more of the categories above, or you just love that feeling of organization going into the new year, we have some tips and tricks for you today. Let’s chat about how to do a quick new year’s closet clean up!
Schedule A Time For Your Closet Clean Up
This seems so simple and perhaps even obvious, but it is probably the biggest stumbling block we all face. To ensure your closet clean up is prioritized and actually gets done, go ahead and block time for it on your your calendar, just like any other meeting you are scheduling for the week! Think about the most effective time increment for productivity for you and your personality. For some, it might be a block of a few hours – one and done. For others, it might be breaking it up into several one hour clean up shifts. And still others might prefer 30 minute time slots. It DOES NOT MATTER – do whatever works best for you and your productivity.
Give Yourself Permission To Clean Up Your Closet
Going into your closet clean up, PLEASE give yourself permission to get rid of items in your closet with no guilt. So whether you paid a lot of money for it and never wear it, or you have worn it to death and it has a hole in it, or any of the other myriad of scenarios… Recognize that things change… And the goal is a more organized space for your mental health!
Tips And Tricks For Going Through Your Closet
Go through your closet by category (e.g. sweaters, jeans, blouses, etc.). Here are a few questions to ask yourself to facilitate the clean up…
Is it still in good condition?
Is the piece still in good condition, meaning no piling, rips, or stains? If the answer is no… No matter how much you love it, it needs to go.
Does it fit me?
Ladies, be KIND to yourself on this one. If it doesn’t fit, get rid of it! Recognize that if you gain or lose weight at some point in the future, you can replace this piece with the correct size again. But we just don’t generally recommend keeping pieces in case they fit at some point.
Is it a multiple?
So many of us have several of the same type of shirt, jean, sweater, etc. Sometimes, that is fine/necssary/makes sense. Other times, we don’t even ever reach for that second ivory long sleeve tee shirt. Ask yourself what purpose the repeat item serves and donate it if it isn’t useful to you.
Have I worn it in the past six months?
We choose six months because it is long enough to cover at least two different seasons. If you haven’t reached for it in that timeframe, there is a pretty decent chance you won’t. The exceptions to this would be pieces for special or specific occasions, like those favorite holiday pieces, cocktail dresses, formal gowns, etc. Reassess these type of items each year.
Do I feel confident in it?
All of the above tips are very relevant and helpful when it comes to a closet clean up. However, the final question to assess is whether a piece makes you feel good! Our clothes are meant to make us feel confident, not the other way around. If there are pieces of clothing in your closet that don’t make you feel that way, go ahead and donate them. Chances are, they will make someone out there feel that way! So no sense having things hanging in your closet that you don’t wear because you don’t feel good in them!
Do A Little Last Minute Tidy Up
Once you are done cleaning out, take some time to rehang your pieces on the correct type of hangar and refold and restack pieces on shelves and in drawers. Might as well leave your closet feeling neat and tidy for the new year!
Consider Hiring One Of Our Nashville Stylists For Your New Year’s Closet Clean Up
We all struggle with a real closet clean out. It can be emotionally and physically taxing for sure! And so many times, we find ourselves unable to part with things and needing a third party viewpoint. That is why our clients LOVE our closet audit services.
This service is designed to help you with this challenging task! We’ll come to your home and sort every piece of clothing in your closet with you. We’ll help you decide what to keep, tailor, toss, or donate, and we’ll help make a list of where you need to fill in gaps with new pieces. If you are wanting to take your New Year’s closet clean up to the next level, contact us to hear about about our Closet Audit service. We would love to chat with you and answer your questions!