The new year is a wonderful motivator to change. We make resolutions, about wearing more red and going to the gym, to make our lives in the next year better. As humans, we are always hoping to improve.
And, as humans, we want to see instant gratification. We love to see ourselves changing and bettering. Your body won’t see results right away, and there is only so many times we can “Wear more lipstick” in the first few weeks of the year. So, to assuage our anxieties over changing-right-now-or-else, we sat down and made a list of things we can change right now.
In our homes, where we spend most of our time, there are countless things we can improve. We can clean up, clean out, reorganize, and improve. Each room holds a different opportunity for refinement and change. The best part is that we can make these changes here, right now. When we see our beautiful closets, home offices, handbags, and cars, we are motivated to be better. So, without further ado, New Year Refining: Your Closet.
Your closet is likely a beautiful place. It is filled with some of your favorite things. It is filled with your favorite skinny jeans, your most marvelous little black dress, and shoes. But, like most women, it is probably a bit of a mess. Here are five ways to refine your closet into a thing of beauty.
(UGH, could Carrie’s closet be any more enviable?!)
1. Clean it out. When was the last time you went through every single article of clothing you own? Take it and assess it. Ask the following questions:
- Does it fit? Is it free from stains? Is it flattering? Yes. Keep it.
- When was the last time I wore it? Within the last two months? Yes. Keep it.
- When is the next time I will wear it? Within the next two months? Yes. Keep it.
- If you haven’t worn it in two months, and won’t wear it in two months, is it a staple? Yes. Keep it.
- If you answered no to any of these questions, consider donating the item to a local charity.
Go through your closet and ask these questions. Be honest with yourself when you take the time to answer these questions. Once you go through everything and decide what to give away, go through the “keep” pile one more time. When you have a closet filled only with items you wear, your life will be so much easier.
2. Buy pretty hangers. If you don’t already have quality, matching hangers, now is the time. I once saw a girl tweet that after changing out all her hangers, she felt like she went up a tax bracket. It’s true. Matching hangers change your whole life. Invest in velvet, slim-line hangers. You’ll save space, protect your clothes, and create a beautiful closet aesthetic. Make sure you pick up some specialty pants hangers too – ideally ones that match! Here are our favorites:
3. Scent your wardrobe. Have you ever used scent sachets? They are a beautiful accent to any closet. I have lavender sachets stashed in my lingerie drawer, hanging in my closet, and tucked under my shoes. The light scent doesn’t interfere with my perfume, but makes all my clothes smell gorgeous. Adding scent sachets to your closet ups the glam factor at least two notches. You can pick them up at most home goods stores, but here are some sachets we love:
4. Color code it. I know, I know. You think only crazy people color code their closet! No, smart people color code their closet. A girlfriend convinced me to color code my closet in high school and I’ve been doing it ever since. Now, my little turquoise top that usually gets stuck between other items because its so small is always easy to find. You can sort by item and then by color, like I do (tops, jackets, dresses, and bottoms) or just have one long rack of color. It is amazing how refined you feel when your clothes are color coded. Seriously, have you seen Mariah Carey’s closet?