It’s that time of year again, when we start to look at what we’ll pledge as our New Years Resolutions for 2018.
Did you know that getting organised is right up there next to getting fit when it comes to the most popular changes we want to make in our lives? A staggering 33 million people searched google for tips on getting their homes organised for 2017. So if your messy closet is making you increasingly uncomfortable as we slide into 2018, here are some easy steps to follow to get your closet in order.
Here, Melissa Seymour, CEO of Flow & Order, shares her expert tips!
- Everything must come out. The best way to facilitate this is to have four piles. Keep, throw, sell and charity. Use those extra large plastic zipper bags you can buy from Ikea labelled this way and for the hanging clothes that you’re keeping use portable clothes racks.
- Once you have everything out, set about sorting this stuff out. We say hold on to an item of clothing and go with your first instinct as to whether to keep it or move it on. Once you start to overthink it, you complicate your decision making and end up keeping something you should really get rid of. This process can become time consuming and tedious if you don’t ask yourself, “how much stuff do I really need?”. A minimalist mindset is great to adopt for this process. Make room in your life for new things to enter.
- Remove your throw, sell and charity bags as they’ll just be in the way as you install what you’re keeping. For the hanging clothes that are staying, while they’re on the portable clothes racks, sort them into jackets, skirts, trousers, dresses and skirts. Next, colour shade those categories from light to dark. For me, the hangers have to match and I use the black velvet flocked ones that you can buy in bulk from the likes of K-Mart. At the very least, the wire ones must go!
- We use those round disc dividers on the closet racks like you see in shops to sort sizes. We label them to keep the categories sorted and this helps to maintain order over the long term. The hanging clothes are the first to be installed back into your closet. This will give you the room to go through your folded clothes and shoes. If you’ve sorted your hanging clothes properly on your portable racks, it should be really easy to hang straight into your closet using your dividers as a guide.
- Time to fold. T-shirts, jumpers, shorts, active wear, jeans (roll them to save a tonne of room), pyjamas, knickers and bras. They can be placed back into drawers or shelves in colour order. It’s unrealistic that this will last over time, but at least start off on the right foot. Keep them in categories and fold just like you see in the shops. We recommend the use of drawer dividers for your underwear.
- Shoes. We love to display them in a prominent position but this depends entirely on the space you have to play with. If you have shelving, then heel/toe placement is the way to go. It looks great and you get to see the entire style of the shoe. If you don’t have shelving, under bed storage is a great solution to space challenges or hanging shoe storage options can work too. While you’re organising your shoes, this is a great time to review the state of the heels. Throw damaged ones into a bag and commit to getting them to the cobbler for repairs. It’ll feel like you have a new pair of shoes when you get them back.
- Handbags and Accessories. We love to display these too, on shelves preferably. If you’re short on space, handbags can be used as an interior decorating tool - place them on dressing tables, bedsides or tall-boys. This is a great opportunity too, to clean your bags out. It’s incredible how much junk we keep in them.
- We love to use clear perspex boxes with drawers for accessories that can be placed on a dressing table or on a shelf in your closet. You can buy these on E-Bay, at Kmart or Howard’s Storage World.
- Selling. I recommend setting a minimum value on items you’re prepared to sell. If you don’t make it worth your while, then you probably won’t commit to the process. Items with a value of up to a hundred dollars can be sold on e-bay. Anything designer and over a hundred dollars, we recommend selling on www.therealreal.com on consignment. If you have friends going through the same process, you could come together and hold your own sale at home and promote this on Facebook or you could sell at the markets. There are so many options and think of what you could do with the proceeds - reinvest in your wardrobe?!
- Time to shop your closet. Now that you have everything installed, you should be feeling fantastic. Now’s the time to walk through everything you’ve kept and get re acquainted what you have. You’ll be surprised at how many things you forgot you owned. This process should inspire you to think of new outfit options and this is what we call #shopyourcloset. This new source of inspiration should save you running out in future to buy something new, because you think you have nothing to wear!
Now you’re ready to ring in the New Year with #thatgoodclosetfeeling
About: Melissa Seymour, CEO, Flow & Order; flowandorder.com.
Flow & Order provides professionally trained Closet Stylists to undertake this process for you. And in 2018, they’ll be launching their own collection of stylised Closet Tools - hangers, storage boxes, shoe storage and suit bags.