It is quite challenging to go from an extensive clothes’ collection to simply relying on
a few items. I do not suggest a drastic change, although I do wish some things could happen overnight, but I do feel like it is time to learn how to create more space in your closet.
How to create more space in Your closet by decluttering
First step is quite an obvious one. You need to declutter first.
Let’s be honest, the dress hanging in Your closet bought a year ago still has a tag on. It is very unlikely you are going to wear it anytime soon. And the sweater you last put on in high school? That needs to go as well. Don’t worry, I am going to help you :).
Once every six months I like to pile all of my existing clothes on the floor and go through them one by one. I don’t really have a specific system I mainly go by two rules.
Number one, if the piece of clothing is worn out and is not of wearable condition – I throw it out.
Number two, if the piece of clothing has not been worn in the last year or two, if I don’t feel ready for it to leave my closet, chances are I will not wear it again. Such clothing ends up in the give away pile.
Of course, such rules do not apply to all my clothing. I have a couple of clothing items meant for special occasions only which do not happen every year. Such items stay for much longer. And naturally items which have sentimental value to me stay longer as well.
I am no Marie Kondo, but these two rules work for me just fine as I have been taught them by mom and applying them since childhood, however, if you feel You need more detailed guidelines of how to declutter, You can always grab the Marie Kondo book online for a more extensive course of organizing your space 🙂
Creating extra space by storing seasonal clothes
Once You have gone through all of your items one by one You should end up with a lesser pile of items. The next step would be to organize Your clothing by seasons.
This would depend on Your living area, if seasons are not strongly defined in Your area You might skip this step.
Where I live, however, seasons are expressed quite strongly and do have their own character. Winter is cold, summer is hot and spring and autumn are the type to be somewhere in the middle and both at the same time. One of my co-workers expressed it in a very poetic way.
Oh spring! What is it going to be today? Sunshine, heatstroke, rain, snow, wind?
Yes.- Answers the Spring.
Despite the capricious weather use the storage space available wisely. I usually put winter coats and thick sweaters under, the bed as I do have a storage box there. As for other clothing if I have a closet space available I store everything in hard to reach places, like the top shelf (did I mention I am short?). I would need a chair to reach it, but if I rotate the clothes seasonally I don’t really need the extra effort that often and it does free up the space in other easy to reach shelves.
Designate a closet space for Your work/school clothes
By only following two steps you should have ended up with half of what you started with, or less!
The next step is to separate Your work clothes from everything else. If you are in a similar situation as me, it is more than likely that the place you work at or study does have a dress code.
My workplace is pretty lenient when it comes to dress code. We do have a pretty common one – business casual, I am sure You have heard of it 😀 We have casual Fridays as well. However, I do own quite an amount of clothing not appropriate for my workplace. Nothing too serious, an open shoulder top or a dress with straps.
I try to organize my clothes by categories, therefore my work clothes sit in a different pile from clothing I might consider wearing on my day of. I find it easier to keep space organized if every item has their own place.
I do want to step it up a bit more. I am currently sharing closet space with my roommate, so I have some limitations, however I want to completely separate my work clothes as well as to organize them by outfits and not categories. However, I do strongly advise You to designate a space in your closet for your work clothing as it makes it a bit easier to pick an outfit to wear each day.
Check what you already own
Currently I am not sure how many items to include in my capsule closet, but I feel like 10 to 14 would be about right. The types of clothing would include a dress, a skirt, couple of pants, two pairs of shoes, 4 tops, a jacket and a purse/backpack, with a couple items to spare.
The smartest way to begin would be checking what I already own. And as it turns out I do have quite a lot work appropriate clothing, unfortunately most of them lack a partner to be paired with as I do own few items for each season but nothing cohesive I could wear the whole season without getting bored or cold as it turns out I don’t own a jacket that I would like.
The items I have discovered to be appropriate to include in my ever-changing capsule closet: stripped black and white sheath dress with one third sleeves, white dotted black A line dress, black pencil skirt, black high waisted jeans, navy blue suit pants, black turtleneck, striped white and navy blue sleeveless blouse, black high heel boots, white sneakers.
Despite looking like I have full set for a capsule closet I feel lacking when it comes to making an actual outfit as there are only a couple combinations I feel good when wearing it.
Naturally, I do own a couple of red and yellow tops, but from the list above you can see I have decided to stick to white, black and navy blue for now, as they do seem like a dominating color in my work appropriate attire.
I do suggest, and I will do so as well, to include work appropriate items you want to wear out as well, perhaps if your clothing is hanging in a closet separate it by a tag, or if you keep it in a drawer like me, put it in a different pile.
Do not worry if You do not have a lot to build Your capsule closet on. My capsule closet is far from complete and I am going to look for affordable as well as wearable items to add to my collection as well as hopefully help you out as well.
Content goes here.separate items you want to include in your capsule closet from items that are work appropriate but you just wan to wear them out. I will talk about how to choose items for your capsule closet in my next article
Is there more space?
Yes and no. We mostly just hid away the clothing we don’t currently wear in order to be able to see wearable items more clearly. I hope I managed to help you at least a tiny bit with the organizational aspect for now. I believe that clearly seeing the clothing you have will lead to more creativity with your outfit ideas as well as allow you to visualize what additional item or items would most benefit your current collection. In the next post I will explore the possible variations of the capsule closet as well as how to choose items for your capsule closet from ground zero.
All the best,