A full closet really is daunting. It also makes getting dressed everyday even harder than it already is- Why would we want to do that to ourselves? Life’s hard enough!
Here are some basics to do while we are changing seasons:
Some people might think this topic is superficial, but we all have to get dressed. If you put some thought and organization into this daily task, you can completely change your life.
STEP 1: TAKE OUT ALL THE CLOTHES.
Go through every single piece in your closet and ask yourself the following questions:
- Does this fit me?
- Is this age-appropriate?
- Is this my true style?
- Do I love this?
- Do I wear this?
If a piece doesn’t pass the test, get rid of it OR pass it down towards your riding/barn clothes.
***Don’t forget to go through your barn clothes afterwards and get rid of all the tatty stuff***
STEP 2: STORE THE CLOTHES THAT AREN’T SEASONALLY APPROPRIATE.
If you can’t wear that wool sweater or sundress this month, it’s visual clutter. Put off-season clothing out of sight.
STEP 3: PICK YOUR 10 ESSENTIAL ITEMS AND BUILD AROUND IT.
1 Pair of slacks, 2 Pairs of jeans, 3 Dresses, 4 Blouses- Pick well made classic pieces that are natural coloured with a minimal pattern. You can always dress these pieces up so easily with accessories- Scarves, jewelry, belts- Even a bright coloured lipstick can jazz things up.
1 Vest, 1 Light jacket, 1 Heavy jacket, 2 well made riding breeches or jeans, 3 long sleeved layer pieces, 4 polos. These are your everyday pieces that you always wear.
STEP 4: ADD THE EXTRAS.
Round out your wardrobe with t-shirts, sweaters, outerwear, special occasion wear, and accessories. These items don’t count towards your ten pieces.
This rule also goes towards your riding gear as well- downgraded jeans for the barn or riding in, have a pair or two of coloured riding breeches that are fun and less well made, t-shirts, tanks, sweaters, etc…
STEP 5: OPTIONAL, BUT HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Colour block your closet when you put the clothes back in. That way you can see how many purple, navy, green, pink, red, orange, blue items you have and pick accordingly to what colour you are looking for! It really helps-
This should simplify your life. Give you good building blocks to start with and then add from there.