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The Well Dressed Life Wardrobe Challenge 2022: Week 3

The Well Dressed Life Wardrobe Challenge 2022: 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 better manage your time and energy.

After working with private clients for over a decade, I know firsthand that messy, unorganized closet space is one of the biggest reasons women feel overwhelmed (or underwhelmed) by their wardrobes. 

The good news is it’s easy to fix.

This week’s LIVE will be Monday, April 18th at 2 pm EST in our Private Facebook group – we’ll recap last week, set you up for the next round of challenges, and answer all of your questions. 

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 better manage your time and energy.

After working with private clients for over a decade, I know firsthand that messy, unorganized closet space is one of the biggest reasons women feel overwhelmed (or underwhelmed) by their wardrobes. 

The good news is it’s easy to fix.

This week’s LIVE will be Monday, April 18th at 2 pm EST in our Private Facebook group – we’ll recap last week, set you up for the next round of challenges, and answer all of your questions. 

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 better manage your time and energy.

This week’s challenge is all about paring down and getting your space organized!

I am a big believer in organization. It makes life easier, saves money, and allows you to better manage your time and energy.

After working with private clients for over a decade, I know firsthand that messy, unorganized closet space is one of the biggest reasons women feel overwhelmed (or underwhelmed) by their wardrobes. 

The good news is it’s easy to fix.

This week’s LIVE will be Monday, April 18th at 2 pm EST in our Private Facebook group – we’ll recap last week, set you up for the next round of challenges, and answer all of your questions. 

Week 3: Getting Organized

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.

Challenge #1: Finish your edit 

Last week, I 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 have a lot of stuff. 

As you move into Week 3, you should be left with your “Maybe” pile. 

Over the years I’ve learned that the maybes are the trouble makers in your wardrobe. Those pieces that are “just okay” but you wear because you don’t have something better. They work, but they’re not 100%. 

So, now it’s time to dive into those pieces and be ruthless.

Get rid of anything you don’t love or need. Be honest with yourself.

Are you going to wear it?

Does it match your desired style? 

Are pieces in the maybe pile reflected on your Pinterest board? 

What’s not quiet right about it?

The only exception is if you NEED to wear the piece until you replace it with a better version. Please 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 have some pieces that currently don’t fit well, you can keep them, but remove them from your closet and store them elsewhere.

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 ordered one for myself and each of my girls to store our treasures and memories. 

Challenge #2: Improve Organization

Take some time to find a place for everything. 

I promise that an organized and clean space will help with your creativity.

Creating outfits will not seem so daunting when you see what you have. A few quick tips:

Remove everything from your closet.

Give it a quick clean. 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, and throw away old hangers and miscellaneous items.

Only put back your wardrobe.

I once found a toaster in a client’s closet that she had forgotten she had bought.

Find another place for everything else (if you can). Remember to keep your Pinterest board close and use it as a guide for keeping and what to “toss.”

Upgrade your hangers.

We love these flocked hangers, which are available on Amazon. I use them all the closets our house. 

Look at what you have before you buy any organizational tools. 

Before you run to The Container Store, see what you have lying around your house.

As you go through the closet, put items in categories to see what you are working with. 

Have a pile of handbags, belts, sweaters, etc.

Then, reuse and repurpose bins, hooks, and baskets to help store them.

Last year, I did end up at The Container Store and found some fantastic items that made a big difference in my space.

But I was super specific about precisely what I needed and didn’t waste money on unnecessary gadgets.

For a list of all my favorite closet organizing items, see here. 

A Peek at My Closet

You can see some of those organization items above. 

I also have a small walk in in my bedroom, and then I build this wall unit from Ikea.

Obviously my job requires me to have more items than normal since I’m always trying things out.

I built this to keep my in-season pieces and I need to swap it out for spring. 

And stay tuned for a formal closet “tour” post next week!

Need to catch up on previous challenges? 

You can view Week One and Week Two here.

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!

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The Well Dressed Life Wardrobe Challenge 2022: Week 3

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Bonnie J.

Friday 15th of April 2022

Hi Megan, For several months I have had a request in to join the private FB group and I haven’t been accepted. Could someone please look into this? In every one of these posts you reference that group and I would like to be able to see what is going on there and utilize that as an additional tool. Thank you, Bonnie E.J.

Megan Kristel

Friday 15th of April 2022

Everyone is accepted when they answer the membership questions, please check that all four are answered. I don't accept anyone who doesn't to ensure that I'm not allowing trolls and bots into the group.

Cindy

Saturday 22nd of January 2022

I have limited closet space but have found the Marie Kondo method for drawer organization. I love it. Makes it so easy to find what I need quickly and I can fit so much more in my drawer space.

Debra

Friday 2nd of October 2020

My closet shelf space is behind the hanging items, so I have to burrow back to get to the shelves (it’s a rented property, so not permanent). My solution for shoes and purses was to put a cabinet near the front door that can house shoes but can be closed to hide the clutter. I reduced the number of purses to whatever could fit nicely into a few cubby shelves.

Marybeth

Sunday 2nd of February 2020

I love the bracelet displays. What is the best way to display earrings in your closet?

Pat

Saturday 25th of September 2021

I got a 8 x 11 frame (depending on how many earrings you have, you can get a larger or smaller frame) and put fiberglass-coated screen where a picture would go. I hung the frame in my closet and hook my earrings through the screen. I have some hoops that I keep in my jewelry drawer, but otherwise, this works really well and I can see all my earrings at once.

Robin

Saturday 25th of January 2020

Where did you get the clear containers your purses are stored in? Also where did you get the white jewelry boxes and bracelet holders?

Megan Kristel

Sunday 26th of January 2020

The jewelry boxes are from Container Store, they are part of their stackable collection. And the bracelet holders I bought on Amazon ages ago. I'll try to find the links!

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