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Closet organizing on a snowy day.

Atlas has cabin fever.

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:

  1. I wear A LOT of stripes & cardigans. I need to stop buying these items.
  2. I need more pants/trousers for work. I haven’t bought any proper pants for a long, long time.
  3. I need more shoes. I also need to get rid of some of my shoes that I’ve been holding onto for too long.
  4. 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.
  5. 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?

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  1. My closet is organized by type: heaviest pieces of clothing first, and a gradual scale down to lightest and then by solids first, then patterns, and color within those types following good ol’ Roy G. Biv. I have OCD.

    I know you’ve been looking for staples you could wear to work; J.Crew’s online sales and clearance items can be scored for dirt cheap (my black wool shift dress was on sale from $130 to $29.99) and their clothes are pretty classic. I’ve become somewhat of a pro at scoring grown-up clothes for a deal in the past 2 years I’ve worked a corporate job; I would love to help if you ever wanted it! :)

  2. I have too many patterns thing as well! Patterns that don’t go together. Like lots of polka dot skirts and lots of stripy t-shirts. Maybe other people can rock the stripes and polka dot look but I can’t :(

  3. this post is really helpful, but also really stressful! haha
    is it bad that i am afraid to go through my closet because of what i’ll find! i want to change my wardrobe too.
    like you i’m really drawn to stripes and cardigans, i’d say that is the bulk of my wardrobe, followed closely by plaid and some forms of floral.
    though i’m getting better, i’ve been buying lots of neutral stuff lately too.
    reading the wardrobe essentials makes me realize how far i have to go though! shoot.
    good luck girl!

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