I’m going to be completely honest and frank here. When I was living at my parents house until, oh I don’t know, yesterday, I kept so much clothing in my closet that I hardly ever wore. I normally do not like labeling anybody (including myself), but I believe there was some hoarding going on. It was not necessarily a negative because I loved how many options I had to choose from and thus how many seemingly endless styling/pairing alternatives I had. Getting dressed always felt exciting. On the other hand, I had so much clothing that I would treat my clothing poorly, and it would be shmushed together in my closet and my drawer. It seemed like a miracle when I would find just what I was looking for quickly. Usually I had to flip through multiple items that I hardly ever wore. Clearly, getting dressed every day meant I was involved in a love-hate relationship with my closet/wardrobe.
Flash forward to my new apartment and new closet as of, oh I don’t know, yesterday. It includes only my favorite items from my old wardrobe, and I’m about to tell you (excitingly) how I made my life infinitely more simple (and refreshing!) when getting dressed. For some, you may have been doing this forever, and for others, this may sound new to you, but, either way, please pay attention and take note that I am on to something here (I apologize if I sound a bit full of myself, but I promise it’s just how I get when I am excited!) While unpacking my clothing from my suitcase and transferring it to my closet, I had the (grand) idea to not just mindlessly hang up clothing so it feels like a chore, but to style outfits (through layering, which I love), directly onto my hangers! Coordinating and styling outfits for myself ahead of time will likely not just save me time in the future (if, say, I’m in a rush or running late), but it is a form of organization that I find as useful for enhancing my creativity (and joy) when getting dressed. It also will not hurt that I will be training my eye more to see with a more skilled eye what matches and works well together (and what does not match and/or work well together).
This may come across as incredibly simple advice, but, take it from me, someone who has not put as much thought as I could have into organizing and styling what’s in my closet before, it feels empowering because, by cleaning out your wardrobe and styling it ahead of time, you will actually be growing your styling options (because everything will be visible enough and accessible enough so you will not forget it exists!) You will have more choices and options, so you won’t feel owned by what you put into your closet. Instead you will be owning all your looks, even if you are just walking down the street. You will definitely be turning some heads, but, most importantly, the end goal is to feel more confident and comfortable in your skin (through the cloth that goes on your skin!)