IMC: New Year's Resolutions for Your Closet
If you want to change your life, forget about that resolution to lose weight and instead focus on organizing your closet. A closet that is orderly can not only help you get dressed and – according to efficiency experts – out the door 70 percent faster, it might also make you much happier. A study done by IKEA shows that a third of people surveyed were more satisfied post-closet clean out than they were after having sex. If that hasn’t convinced you to embrace an organized closet lifestyle, these stories just might.
When Amy and Mark Roberts moved into their Hallbrook home in Leawood last April, improving their master bedroom closet was at the top of their list.
Amy calls her husband very Type A about organization. Armed with his “must haves,” and with the help of California Closet designer Cindy Kelley, the couple designed a space that is the perfect marriage of their tastes – uber-organized and yet still brings the glam factor.
The Roberts are anti-hoarders. Amy says if she hasn’t worn something in two years, she donates it. This wardrobe discipline has resulted in a closet that is not only lovely, but streamlined. And the homeowner adds that it “makes getting dressed easier and faster.”
One of Amy’s favorite things about her new closet is her well-lit shoe cabinet. “In my last closet, all my shoes were literally thrown in a dark corner. Now, they’re stacked on shelves and I can see what I have and what works with each outfit. It really does make things easier.”
Designer Cindy Kelley says anyone can up their closet game for the New Year.
Her pro tips include:
- Slimline Hangers from Costco. She calls these hangers a closest must-have. Amy concurs, and adds that having the same hanger also helps focus the eye on the clothes.
- Amping Up Your Closet’s Lights. Increasing the wattage of your lightbulbs will make an instant difference. Also, use LED lights because they won’t fade your clothes. In the Roberts’ closet, there are canned lights, chandelier, strip lights, puck lights and toe kick lights.
- Ditch the builder-grade closet shelving. A lot of the shelving in closets is 10-to-12-inches deep, making them unusable for stackable clothing storage. Kelley says the correct depth is 14 inches back-to-front.
Bee Organized: Don’t Fear the Purge
We wear only 20 percent of the clothes in our closet, so why are we hanging on to the other 80 percent? This is what Kristen Christian and Lisa Foley help people figure out. The women are the founders of Bee Organized. They’re experts in helping clients explore their emotional and sometimes complicated relationship with what’s inside their closet.
“Everybody has their own (issue with stuff),” reassures Catie Herst, a licensed therapist and organizational guru. “It’s not just attachment, either. It’s embarrassment or guilt or shame about the excessive buying.”
435 Magazine was there to watch and learn as the Bee Organized team did a deep dive into the closet of busy mom and business owner Kami. We walked away with these 10 tips.
1. Ask yourself these three questions to determine the fate of each item.
Do you love it?
Does it serve a purpose right now or in the near future?
Is it valuable or irreplaceable?
2. Employ a one-in, two-out rule. With a friend or family member whose love language is to buy or bring you things, be a better gatekeeper. Tell them, thank you, but you’re going on a diet of stuff. If that doesn’t work, give them direction: “I’m really looking for a yellow cardigan. But I don’t need anything else.”
3. Enlist a friend and set an appointment. Having a friend who can be ruthless in saying yay or nay and allotting a set time to work on this keeps you invested.
4. Stay on task. It’s easy to get distracted and start trying things on and reminiscing.
5. Make piles. Sort them into different categories. For example: “donate,” “give to sister-in-law,” “pieces to fix.”
6. Follow through. Once you put them in piles, put them in your car. If you don’t, you could wind up dipping into the pile again.
7. Trick yourself into thinking you have less space. Hang up a picture or a piece of art – preferably something that reflects your personality – as you sort to convince yourself you have less space than you do and make you’re more selective about what you keep.
8. Always be editing. Keep a bag in your closet. If you try it on and it doesn’t fit, put it in the donation pile. Once it’s full, donate it.
9. Keep things visible. The easiest way to lose track of what you have is to bury it. “In closets we go through, people put all black sweaters together and they’re like, ‘oh my gosh, I have 30 black sweaters.’” Foley says. “You don’t need 30, you need maybe 10.”
10. Break things into zones. For example, short sleeves, short sleeves with collars, long sleeves, etc. “Having all the same hanger in the same direction helps your mind move faster,” Christian says. Instead of rifling through all of your clothes, you can go straight to what you need.