My life has been essentially put on hold for the past two days as a result of the "white death" that has visited Cincinnati. I don't mind at all. Personally, I think it's quite nice. I am taking it as a sort of vacation from reality. My cat Atlas (pictured above) & myself have been busy cleaning & organizing the apartment. Alright, mostly I've been doing the cleaning. Atlas has been supervising the situation closely though. Yesterday I did all my laundry & have been attempting to clean out my closet & organize it in some manner. I was kind of stumped because I couldn't figure out how to go about organizing. Should I organize by color? Type? I had no idea! I decided upon organizing by type (sweaters, button-ups, cardigans) & then by color as much as possible. This is what it ended up looking like after I was done:
What I have come to realize about my wardrobe after cleaning/organizing my closet:
- I wear A LOT of stripes & cardigans. I need to stop buying these items.
- I need more pants/trousers for work. I haven't bought any proper pants for a long, long time.
- I need more shoes. I also need to get rid of some of my shoes that I've been holding onto for too long.
- I have a lot of different pieces that don't work together. As you can see above, a lot of my closet is comprised of colors, stripes, & patterns. It makes it difficult to figure out what to wear.
- I need to start simplifying things & working on building up my professional wardrobe by adding pieces that will work together & be versatile.
Looking for some more closet inspiration? Below are some links to some excellent sources for maintaining & organizing your wardrobe:
- The 80/20 Rule...Sartorialized from AmandaLee.org: "Pare down. Get rid of anything that doesn’t fit your body, your lifestyle, or the climate where you live. Get rid of duplicates. Get rid of anything you haven’t worn in over a year, no matter how sentimental it might be or how much you want to fit into it again."
- Build Your Wardrobe: Let's Start at the Very Beginning from What I Wore: The perfect advice on what essential items to buy when you are attempting to begin building your wardrobe. This post is practical & offers a breakdown that newbies like myself can really appreciate.
- Do it Yourself Closet Organization Video: This video, although seemingly simplistic, really helps break down the steps necessary into organizing a closet. Watch it.
- How to Organize your Closet from Real Simple: Three easy steps, including creating a "grab & go" section of the clothing that you wear the most often. Smart. Why didn't I think of that?
Hopefully now when I go shopping, I know what to buy & what not to buy. What about yourself? What do you find yourself being drawn to as far as clothing is concerned?