Change of Season Brings Another Closet Clean Out

autumn_leavesNow that fall is here, it is time to go through my closet again. In addition to removing the summer clothes, I have the chore of getting rid of clothes that are too big. Since the beginning of the year I have miraculously been able to stick to eating well and have lost 20 pounds. I haven’t done as well with my commitment to exercise. Now that the weather is cooling off, maybe I can start that goal again.

One thing that will effect my closet organization is the show What Not to Wear on TLC. I have watched it enough to have a better idea of the things I should not wear and some pieces I need to add to my wardrobe.

Remember from the post on Cleaning Out Your Closet, everything must be tried on when cleaning out your closet. I wrote this before becoming a fan of Stacy and Clinton's "Dress Your Best: The Complete Guide to Finding the Style That's Right for Your Body". They endorse the same method, so I must be on to something.

I have the The Lucky Shopping Manual: Building and Improving Your Wardrobe Piece by Piece on its way from I’m hoping to use it to choose some key wardrobe pieces and build my closet wisely over time.

I anticipate donating the clothes that are still descent, reviewing a few unfortunate purchases, and tossing out the raggedy clothes that would cause a homeless person to offer to buy me lunch. I am struggling, however, with how to organize my closet.

Monica Ricci wrote a post a while back after having a wardrobe consultant come and help her with her closet. I think I will be down to few clothes I should actually hold on to so I probably won’t need a consultant. What I learned from the post was the idea of hanging items in groups. Instead of like-with-like, the consultant encouraged Monica to hang clothes together that have the potential of making complete outfits.

A reader from Unclutterer advocates for the like-with-like model. She goes further than I do and organizes by length and color. I’m pretty pleased with myself when the laundry is clean and hung up in a reasonable fashion. My goal for organization has always been to be able to quickly find something that I know I have. This leaves me thinking I will probably put like items together.

3 thoughts on “Change of Season Brings Another Closet Clean Out

  • October 2 2007 at 9:47 am

    Thank-you for the tips about closet cleaning. I need all the advice I can get on that disaster zone of mine!

  • October 3 2007 at 7:05 pm

    You're welcome Kay-c. Keep at it–you'll get there.

  • October 5 2007 at 10:08 am

    This information is very helpful, especially since I have become a member for 24 Hour Fitness and some of my clothes are starting to become too loose.

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