I don’t shop by going to a store and looking at all their cool, new items. I start in my closet.
If I find myself wishing for something to make an outfit more interesting (or warm, or current, or versatile) I jot it down on a sticky note inside my wardrobe. For example, lately I noticed that my closet had swung too far towards daily wear. When date night rolled around, I had nothing to wear to feel like a cute, flirty wife. So I wrote down “dry-clean only type item.” Then I shopped my favorite brands to find the piece to fit perfectly with clothes I already own.
Here is a little peek inside:
All my clothes that fit and are seasonally-appropriate stay in this wardrobe in our bedroom. It is such a downer to look at clothes you can’t wear. So, our off-season clothes are stowed in the guest room closet and in a storage box under our bed. I also use those spots during pregnancy and postpartum when my sizes are changing weekly. Shoes and coats stay in the hallway by the door.
And that’s it. No other clothes are hanging out around my house.
Below the hanging clothes, jeans are folded on a shelf with a few “fancy” pairs of shoes. In one of the boxes I keep belts + clutches, while the other holds socks. In the first drawer, I keep basic workout and lounge wear. The second drawer is for sweaters.
My husband’s clothes are in the closet next to mine. While his closet isn’t deep, it holds all his work clothes with folded sweatshirts on the top shelf. Sweaters, t-shirts, socks, and workout wear all go in the dresser in the opposite corner of the room.
When we decided to move into this smaller bedroom so our kids could share a room for their nursery, I made sure everything had a place to go. In a smaller room clutter would be even more frustrating. We intentionally pared down, since there was no room for sentimental unworn clothes. Everything had to earn a spot in our closet.
The result is a room that functions smoothly and is easy to maintain. I can put away laundry quickly, and there is no space for a pile of clothes on the floor. I try to start each morning with our room looking like the top photo. It is so helpful to have at least one room that is a refreshing haven during a busy day.
Simplification is a process, a lifestyle change. How do you feel about your closet? If you could change one thing, what would it be? I’d be happy to problem-solve reader questions in an upcoming post, if you’re up for sharing!