Congratulations everyone. We made it. It’s 2017 – a new year and a new slate to become better versions of ourselves.
Each year, one of the most popular resolutions is: Get Organized.
This starts with your very own closet. Research suggests that we wear less than half of the items in our wardrobes (the same ratio for both women AND men!) Editing and organizing your closet not only provides relief by making you feel more in control, but it helps you get rid of clutter and excess that is holding you back – and could be donated to someone else in need.
Unfortunately, tackling your closet can be an overwhelming, time-consuming undertaking that most people get partway through, and then abandon.
That’s where I come in – for the month of January, I’m offering 15% off closet organization services as a way to help you start 2017 as the best version of yourself.
Here are some tips to help you as you edit and organize your closet:
- Use the same hangers. By far the easiest thing you can do to make your closet look more uniform and appealing. DITCH ALL WIRE HANGERS – they ruin your clothes, and make the space look cheap and cluttered.
- Make Three Piles. One for items you “KEEP”. Another for items to “DONATE or CONSIGN”, and a final one “TO BE TAILORED”. I tell my clients that a good style goal for starting out is to look “appropriate and impeccable.” Nobody’s clothes fit them perfectly off the rack – find a good tailor and have them tweaked and adjusted to fit you perfectly. Have you not worn those pants in the back of your closet because the fit isn’t quite right? Take them to the tailor – it’s an economical investment that makes all the difference in making your overall look more polished and sophisticated.
- Abide by the “Oprah Rule”. As a devotee of “The Oprah Winfrey Show”, I’ve carried with me her #1 rule for editing your closet: if it hasn’t been worn in a year, it should go. With the exception of extremely sentimental items like a wedding dress, this rule is a good barometer to judge whether or not you should keep a piece of clothing. If you haven’t worn it in the past year – it’s highly unlikely it’ll get worn THIS year. Out it goes.
- Ask Yourself, “How do I FEEL when I wear this?” Be honest. The answer to that question should be something like, “Fabulous.” Or, “confident and sophisticated.” If it’s not – it can go. Clothes that make you feel fat, self-conscious, or uncomfortable are going to translate as exactly that through your body language and demeanor when you wear them. That’s not the message you’re looking to put into the world. Make it a goal to have a wardrobe filled exclusively with pieces that make you feel fantastic.
- Recruit Help. Vogue says it best, “The task of cleaning out your closet solo is near impossible. When you look into your wardrobe, you see all the memories that give life to your clothes; you’re aware of the money you spent on them, and each time you consider extracting a piece, a chorus of “what ifs” sings in your head: What if I go on a trip of Morocco? What if Jake Gyllenhaal asks me out on a date? What if Kristen Stewart invites me to play catch on a beach?” You need HELP. And guess what? Your friend / sister / mother isn’t the best choice for this role. Why? They have too many emotional ties to you – it’s hard for them to be ENTIRELY honest about what works or doesn’t work for you. Hire an unbiased professional who can force you to fully tackle your wardrobe, can best organize it in a way that looks great and makes sense, and assists you in “filling in the holes” of your wardrobe once you’ve purged. Added benefit? A real pro takes care of donating your clothes to a worthy organization, and will even consign appropriate items – so you actually MAKE money from clearing out your closet.
If you’re ready to make 2017 the year where you take control of your closet, get organized, and look and feel the best version of yourself – contact me now to get 15% off of closet organization services. This New Year’s Resolution promotion is good only through January, so schedule your appointment now!
Colleen Bayus is a personal wardrobe stylist in the Washington, D.C. area. Her company, Styling by Bayus, provides personal styling, shopping, and closet organization services. She is also available to speak to your organization about how to use your wardrobe as an empowerment tool to gain confidence, get respect, and boost your career. Like on Facebook, Follow on Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn. Contact her with questions.