Blog Closet organization

The new closet organization technique everyone should try

I’ve been doing some reading lately on capsule wardrobes and I love the idea. (how to build a capsule wardrobe)  Basically your entire wardrobe contains 30-35 pieces that can mix and match to create a variety of cute and stylish outfits.  Capsules are rotated every season with the off-season clothing being stored.  It is a dream for closet organization because your clothing stash becomes small and easy to work with which creates a pleasant and clean closet with space to spare.

closet organization

Starting With Summer

I love downsizing things and I am a believer that less is more, generally speaking, so a capsule wardrobe really speaks to me.  Closet space is really lacking in our home so that is another reason to try capsule.  However, I am not exactly a fashion expert and the idea of getting rid of so much clothing made me nervous.  I decided to give it a try, but with a safety net.  This past summer I cleared all my clothing out of my closet except for a handful of summer weather pieces.  The extras I shoved into an extra closet in our office so I had a fall back if I had chosen poorly.  Guess what?  I think I only dipped into my extra clothing two times.  The pieces I had chosen were plenty to give variety to my dress and I had what I needed for different events.

On to Fall

Summer is casual, so I was a  little more nervous as I moved into fall.  With October starting, I put ALL my clothing back into my closet and started from scratch for a fall capsule.  My closet was crammed full and hard to manage or view what to wear.

IMG_4486

Next, I took everything out and sorted it into a pile for each season:  fall, winter, spring, summer.

IMG_4491

With summer just ending,  I know what I have not worn and those things I separated out to donate.  The only thing I left in my closet were a few basics:  some plain t-shirts and a simple skirt that goes with everything.  Winter, spring, and summer clothing I put back into storage.

IMG_4492

Now, I worked with my fall pile only and began to mix and match clothing.  I tried to stay with a similar color theme.  I did a little shopping too 🙂  For example, I found on the clearance racks some tank shirts that went with a jacket I already had.  Bonus, since our weather is still quite hot.  I picked out a couple of cute sweaters and a matching blouse.  I chose 30 items including 2 jeans, 2 skirts, 2 jackets, a scarf, 3 tanks, 5 blouses, a flannel, 5 sweaters, a denim shirt, and 3 t-shirts, and shoes for the balance.  Plenty of clothing!

Extra fall clothing went into storage for now (safety net).  By the end of fall season, I hope to really be rid of the excess and possibly cut down a little more.  Now my closet is neat and it is easy to find what I want to wear.  I can also see the whole picture which makes mixing pieces easier.

IMG_4500

Color Scheme

The key to a capsule seems to be a color scheme.  Again, I’m not a fashion expert, but I bought a shirt that could be worn alone, with a sweater, or with a scarf, or all 3 together.  Four looks for that shirt.  It can also be worn with jeans or a skirt.  I used navy blue, gray, avocado green and tan for my colors.  There are some burnt orange and yellow mixed in for variety.

IMG_4497

Now my closet just needs a paint job, some clean-out on the top shelves, and maybe some art!  I love a good closet project.

Organization-The New Closet Organization Technique Everyone Should Try--The Organized Mom

About the author

Amy

Busy working moms are teaming up to bring you the best tools, tips, and tricks to help get you and your family organized, healthy and happy.

The Organized Mom has a mission to help moms from raising kids to running a household. We have a passion for time management, healthy living, and raising kids to the best of our abilities, while balancing it all!

For questions or to join our writing team, contact amy@organizedmom.net

Add Comment

Leave a Comment