Perhaps you are not the organizing type and the thought of “cleaning house” makes you want to fly away to the ocean (if the polar vortex has not already put this idea in your head). Now, in the dead of winter, with spring hopefully around the corner, is a good time to assess your wardrobe and do some rearranging. Getting your closet in order doesn’t have to be painful or take forever. Here are a few tips, tricks, and ideas to inspire a little closet revamp or perhaps complete makeover. I guarantee the outcome of either will be well worth any effort you put in. Not only will the results make your morning routine more pleasant, but the process is sure to reveal items needing to be replaced, tailored, or mended.
While sorting through things, you will want to assess the state of your clothes as you go. When you buy quality, timeless clothing like we sell at The Foursome, just because you have had something a few years doesn’t mean you have to toss it. There are ways to fix and update apparel. So in “The Foursome Tailor Shop” pile, place items that have missing buttons, minor rips along the seams, etc. Also, suits or button down shirts that need an updated look can have a few inches taken in to give them a current fit and you a modern look. (Just be sure to bring them in clean.) But there does come a time when items need to go. You are sure to find white under shirts and dress shirts with yellowed collars and pit stains that you have had a few too many years. These can go in the “Donation” pile. Just dust off your hands and purchase a new set of basic Enro or Forsyth dress shirts for every-day wear and a few new packs of Jockey undershirts (3pk for $29.50 at The Foursome). While you’re at it, give your underwear and sock drawer a quick overhaul. Throwing out the old and replacing with 7-10 new pairs of socks and underwear will make you feel like a new person.
Start around the edges and get rid of things you no longer use or need. (They are often things you wonder how they made it into the house in the first place) If you haven’t used it in the last year, it is a good sign it is time to purge it.
Organization Trick: Try this hanger rotation trick for a painless way to weed out your clothes and identify what you actually wear on a regular basis versus what you think you need to keep.
Instant Closet Boost
Just getting rid of mismatched plastic and wire hangers will make your closet look like a million dollars. So take the plunge and purchase simple wood hangers for all of your hanging clothes. This alone will help the quality clothes you buy stay and look nice in your closet. Here are few options and price ranges out there.
- Ikea: Natural Wood, Gray/Brown, or White Hangers (8 for $3.99-4.99)
- The Container Store: Super Walnut Coat Hangers ($9.99-11.99 each)
- Bed Bath & Beyond: Natural Wood Hangers (5 for $5.99)
- The Foursome: Cedar Pant Hangers (3 for $18)
- The Foursome: Woodlore Cedar Tie & Belt Hanger ($29)
- The Foursome Cedar Shirt/Sweater Box ($18.95), ideal for storing one or two fine wool sweaters in the off-season; also they are stack-able
Organizing your clothes by color may seem a bit over the top, especially for some guys, but it is not as hard or time consuming as it may seem. Initially it may take 20 minutes or so to group your blacks, then grays, blues, etc., but once they are hanging in color order maintenance is a breeze. Just putting it back where it goes does not take any extra effort.
Seasonal Swap Out
Especially for smaller closets but to simplify any closet, storing out of season clothing items in a plastic bin will free up a lot of space in your drawers and hanging closet. Storing what you wouldn’t wear anyway helps in selecting what to wear in the morning much more quickly.
Sometimes you have a handful of timeless items you just haven’t worn in a while but can’t seem to part with for whatever reason. One idea is to pack a surprise bin, where you store these items out of sight for a while. Then, when your wardrobe feels tired and you want something “new” to throw in the mix, open the surprise bin and see if anything strikes your fancy. What’s left, time for the give-away pile.
Depending on the size of the closet, it is often necessary to store things up off the floor. There are many inexpensive over the door hooks out there that can be very handy for hanging things like your leather bag or dry cleaning items. Shoes are one thing easily strewn here and there but check out this attractive over the door shoe organizer to keep pairs together. Need extra hanger space? Check out this nifty over the door hanging rod.
– By Beth Dougherty, Inspiration and Display Coordinator at The Foursome