Fall 2018 Well Dressed Life Wardrobe Challenge: Week 3

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This week’s challenge is all about getting your space organized. I am a big believer in organization. It makes life easier, saves money, and allows you to manage your time and energy better.

I worked with private clients for over a decade. One thing I know for sure is a messy, unorganized closet space is one of the biggest reasons why women feel overwhelmed (or underwhelmed) by their wardrobes. The good news is it’s one of the easiest issues to fix.

Your closet space should be lovely or, at the very least, tidy. It should bring a sense of calm, not craziness. It doesn’t matter what kind of closet you have. You could have a huge, custom walk-in or a simple bar and shelf. Either way, your experience can be blissful.

The best part? It costs almost nothing to get you set up.

Four Weeks to a Better Wardrobe - Week 3

Week 3: Getting Organized

Challenge #1

Finish your edit.

Last week, we challenged you to perform a QUICK edit. This is my clever way of easing you into a more in-depth edit, especially if you have a hard time letting go of things or just have a lot of stuff.  If you still have an undecided pile, now is the time to be ruthless. Get rid of anything you don’t love or need. Be honest with yourself.

Are you really going to wear it?

The only exception is if you NEED to wear the piece until you replace it with a better version. Make a note of it. You’ll need it next week when we create a shopping list.

If you are on a weight loss journey, and you have some pieces that don’t fit well, you can keep them, but remove them from your closet and store them someplace else. I don’t want you waking up to a closet full of clothes that don’t fit. It’s not a great way to start your day. Be sure the items you decide to keep are modern, fit your style, and are things that you look forward to wearing when you hit your goals.

If a piece is sentimental, give it the respect it deserves. Have it professionally cleaned, remove it from the plastic dry cleaning bag, wrap it in acid-free tissue, and store it with the rest of your keepsakes.  I love these cedar trunks.  I have one for each of my girls and myself and store special pieces that are either memories, or I want my kids to have when they get older.

Challenge #2

Improve Organization

Take some time to find a place for everything. I know, I know; this was supposed to be fun! I promise that an organized and clean space will help with your creativity. The process of creating outfits will not seem so daunting when you see what you have. A few quick tips:

  1. Remove everything from your closet, and give it a quick cleaning. I have seen enough closets in my day to know you have pieces hidden in the back, covered in dust. Dust will destroy your clothes. Take 15 minutes to wipe off your shelves, vacuum, throw away old hangers, and miscellaneous items.
  2. Only put back your wardrobe. I once found a toaster in a client’s closet that she’d forgotten she’d bought. Find another place for everything else (if you can). Remember to keep your Pinterest board close by so that you can continue to use it as a guide for what to keep and what to get rid of.
  3. Upgrade your hangers. We love these flocked hangers, which are available on Amazon. I use them all over my house.
  4. Look at what you have before you buy any organization tools. Before you run to The Container Store, see what you have laying around your house. It’s helpful, as you go through the items you plan on keeping, to put them into piles to see how many you have.  Have a pile of handbags, belts, sweaters, etc.  Then, reuse and repurpose bins, hooks, and baskets to help store them.

For some inspiration, take a look at my closet in this video.(This is old, I’ll shoot a new one eventually.) You’ll see that I don’t have a fancy, custom space, but it’s clean, organized, and functional. Take a look at our post How to Clean Your Closet in 60 Minutes for additional guidance.

Need to catch up on previous challenges?  Check out:

Introduction, Week One, Week Two

Are you following along in our private Facebook Group?  If so, post some pictures of your space once you get it organized and share the inspiration!

Megan Kristel

Megan Kristel is an entrepreneur, working mom, and former personal stylist. Tired of the one-dimensional portrayal of women online, she founded The Well Dressed Life as a resource for other professional women.

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