My wardrobe is one of the most favorite things in my home.
But sometimes I have problems with it. You know…
Sometimes I discover that it’s full of unimportant and old-fashioned clothes, sometimes many items just don’t fit right or don’t fit at all, and sometimes my closet looks like a chaotic place and it’s nearly impossible to find something you are looking for.
The problem is that most of the time, I have too many clothes – I don’t need many of the items anymore. I have 9-10 favorite shirts and tops, which I wear usually, I also know those pants, skirts, and dresses that I always reach for.
Can you relate? Welcome to the club!
So I decided to clean out and re-organize my closet in 30 minutes.
Yes, only 30 minutes. This isn’t going to be one of those all-weekend-meltdown endeavors. No ma’am!
8 Steps. 30 minutes.
Before you begin, close your eyes forget everything your currently own, and imagine the closet of your dreams; everything is clean there and so well arranged. You can easily find your favorite dress or skirt, you don’t have to do washing twice a day, as you don’t have that huge pile of clothes to wash. And what is best of all, you don’t waste a huge amount of money on all that stuff you’ll not use.
Do you want to make your dream reality? Do you want to have a clean and perfect stockedcloset?
Let’s start changing it right now and get the closet of your dreams. I’m here to give you some tips which will help you achieve this in just half an hour.
Also, If you’re sharing your closet with someone else, ask them to take part in this process too! Make it into a closet-purging-couple-bonding experience.
And don’t panic if you only have 9-10 clothes at the end, this may be your ideal wardrobe starting place.
What will you do with the clothes you will remove from your wardrobe? Donate them.
Organize your Closet and Design Your Dream Wardrobe in 30 Minutes
STEP 1: Set the Timer
The first step is to set a timer. 30 minutes.
Take a deep breath and let’s begin.
STEP 2: Acknowledge + Accept
First of all if your closet is disorganized – realize that.
Acknowledge and accept that fact.
Realize that by keeping your closet overflowing with items you don’t wear:
- You’ll waste your money on things you don’t need.
- Items you love are hidden
- Your peace of mind is sabotaged
So first step, is getting in a mind space of acknowledgment and acceptance.
STEP 3: Sort Your Wardrobe
So, let’s organize.
Get 3 large garbage bags ready before starting. As you remove clothing from your closet, you’ll be laying it on one of three piles/bags:
- Donate Clothes
- Maybe Clothes
- I love these clothes so much!
Take a breath and start taking all your clothes out of the closet! Have a short look at each of them and decide whether you want it to keep or not! Be as quick as possible sorting my the following criteria.
- Does it fit?
- Do I want to wear it right now or not?
- Does it align with my personal style?
- Does it make me feel the way I want to?
- And of course, does it spark joy?
Here’s a suggestion, think about keeping clothes which are classic pieces and don’t ever go out of style.
Sort through all your clothes this way. Work through your wardrobe, closet, and your dresser as well.
The key factor here is speed.
The beauty of the 30-minute deadline is for you to work off first impressions when you are deciding about the items. Don’t give yourself time to come up with outfit ideas or think long and hard about the last time you wore a particular item.
Just work instinctively.
As you begin the cleaning and organization process, consider that instead of storing all your old clothes you can choose to first try to sell them, then donate them or give them to your sister, or friends. Don’t keep ALL your clothes.
Do this for 20 minutes
STEP 4: Purge Your Wardrobe
Good job, gurl! You’ve purged your entire wardrobe.
Take 5 minutes, and go through your maybe pile. FIVE MINUTES!
Go through these clothes and sort them Yes or No quickly, just as you did initially.
Once you’re done, you’ll have only two piles.
- I love these clothes so much!
Tie of the bags in which you have put the “Donate” clothes and take them out to your car right now. Write in your planner when you are going to stop by Plato’s closet or your local consignment to try and sell them or Goodwill if you plan to donate them.
Now all you have left is the pile of “I love these clothes so much!”
STEP 5: Rest
Have a look at your closet.
It’s pure and clean.
Take a moment to rest and embrace this feeling.
STEP 6: Add back your favorite items
Now that your’ve sorted all your clothes, got rid of all the items that don’t fit or you don’t want anymore, add back all your favorite items to your closet.
Place each item in the closet neatly. Maybe sort your closet by color, by item type, by style, or by occasion. Try to have a system about how you place items in your closet – this is will go a long way in preventing another disorganized closet in the future.
STEP 7: Add New Items
You’ve probably removed a good amount of clothes and may need to get some new items.
So here’s a few tips on adding new items to your wardrobe:
Keep A Running Wardrobe List
Make a quick list of items you know you need.
Set some personal style and wardrobe goals for yourself. What will your wardrobe include? Decide in advance what you’ll need for the upcoming season or year and plan for it.
Practice the “1 in, 1 out rule”
As you add new pieces to your wardrobe, continually reasseses what you own and what you don’t need.
A helpful rule of thumb is to remove one old piece for every new piece that you purchase. This will keep the balance of your wardrobe in check and prevent you from having another overflowing wardrobe mess.
Stick to A Budget
Also, think about the money you want to spend on buying new clothes. For example, if you decide that you should spend no more than $50 dollars for a month, keep your word.
Be careful with the sales and deals and specials; don’t let them lose your mind and your wallet.
Just remember – if it’s not planned for or budgeted for, it’s not for me.
You have to practice this kind of self-control. It will be hard at first, but the more you practice delayed gratification the more you will think before spending impulsively (and you’ll experience fewer buyers remorse too)!
If you come across a very beautiful dress or your favorite shirts, don’t buy it unless it is included on your list and you budgeted for it.
STEP 8: Keep it Up
So, together we have organized your wardrobe!
After all this, I hope it looks clean and tidy. You can keep it in that in the perfect state for a long time and will never again be disappointed with the same messy and chaotic state after a month.
I hope this step-by-step process was able to help you design your dream wardrobe. Keep practicing the tips I shared and you’ll always have a clean closet and a perfect wardrobe!