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I’m somewhat ashamed to share this but acceptance is the first step to anything. My closet—if you can call it that—is a mess. My past is littered with closets so packed that I have to hurry up and slam the door before everything falls out. I periodically clean out my closet, hang everything back on the hangers but it always seems to fall apart after a few weeks. I’m determined this year to stop this cycle. I have a perfectly good closet with plenty of space and it’s time I made it work. Read on to see how I’m going to meet my resolution.
1. The KonMari Method
For months, people have been raving about The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo. You can pick up this bestseller organization guide at your local bookstore. As much as I hate folding clothes, I’m going to give the KonMari Method for folding a try.
2. Cloth App
One of my biggest problems is that when I’m uninspired to get ready, I try on multiple outfits in an attempt to find the right one. I remember watching Clueless and wishing I could use Cher’s computer system. I’ve gone ahead and downloaded the Cloth app which is a personal wardrobe organizer that adds details like geolocation and time of year, weather so that it’s easier to get dress and go.
3. Budget-friendly Storage
One of my biggest obstacles is that organizational baskets, hangers and the sort are expensive. I found this great vertical shoe rack which should keep me from tripping over my own heels for $35, originally priced at $85. That’s a bargain (!) and an incentive to invest into the right tools to keep my closet in tip top shape. You can find more deals on closet accessories on Krrb.
4. Adopt the “one in, one out” rule
This tried and true rule works because it’s human nature to amass stuff. It’s how I have 7 black skirts when I probably wear only 3 of them regularly. As I pare down my wardrobe, I’ll be selling some of my clothes and only adding to my collection when I’m willing to let go of something in exchange.
If you have any ideas or tricks that have worked for you, let me know in the comments. I’ll report back in a few weeks with a status update on meeting my goal!