After my post last week and a little celebration for signing our apartment lease, I am on a decor and apartment kick! When moving to New York City from Chicago, I packed my entire closet into three suitcases. It caused me to think through the items I owned and didn't wear anymore. Even better, it identified key pieces that were still needed in my wardrobe (this is especially great for Fall, which is just around the corner) and defined new ways to style items I already had. Here is the five step process that I tend to always follow:
1. Take everything out - I mean everything! Plus, you never know what you may find. That necklace you thought you lost, is probably sitting in the corner of the closet right now.
2. Purge - make a pile for items you are going to keep, donate or consign. Try your best to avoid a "maybe" pile because it doesn't force you to make a decision.
3. Storage and organizing - one of my favorite parts! I love Homegoods and Target for purchasing hangers and storage ideas. Little bins for socks, underthings and bathing suits are the perfect addition to spruce up your closet.
4. Formulate a process - separate your clothes by season and type. This may seem daunting at first, but I truly believe that it tricks your mind into keeping things organized for longer. When you can see where things go, it's generally easier to put them back where they belong.
5. Have fun with it - invite your friend over for wine and turn on some tunes! This not only helps the time go by, but your friend will be honest with you as to what should be kept or tossed. Don't forget to schedule a time to go over to their place and return the favor! :)