We visit our closets once, twice, maybe even three times a day to assemble outfits that will represent our best selves. Is your closet supporting those efforts or is it uninspiring and not reflecting your personality, lifestyle, or goals?
Closets are easy to neglect especially when no one sees them but you. Just because it remains hidden from view doesn’t mean it can’t be beautiful and inviting. Won’t getting dressed in the morning be that much more pleasant if it is? Create beauty with these five steps.
Begin decluttering your closet by first removing all dry cleaning plastic bags. Next get rid of all mismatched hangers. Settle on one hanger style that suits you and will look good in your pretty closet. The purpose of your closet is to hold your clothes so anything that doesn’t relate to getting dressed needs to find a different home. Your closet is not a place to store skis, old clothes, or holiday ornaments: out with the excess baggage!
Let’s start with color. Over the years closet walls get banged up and can look dingy. Give your closet a lift by taking everything out and repainting. You can go with a standard white or take a favorite color and use a light hue to adorn the walls. Try a light yellow, a faint lilac, or a soft blue. After the paint has dried observe the lighting. Is it too dim in that far left corner? Get proper lights and light fixtures so that every item in your closet gets an equal spotlight.
Make walking into your closet similar to walking into a boutique. Keep everything as visible as possible. Sweaters, jeans and t-shirts can be folded neatly on open shelves. You’ll wear more of your accessories if they’re on display. Shop for a jewelry stand or add hooks to the wall to hold necklaces. Display your handbags on pretty hooks along a wall high enough to be out of the way but easy enough to swap out with ease. Scarf and belt racks help you see what you have. When you walk into your closest and see all possibilities, getting dressed is easier and fun.
Depending on the size of your closet you may have some room left to adorn the walls with inspirational photos or quotes. Getting small frames and filling them with looks you like or sayings that make you feel good is a great way to add personal touches to your closet. A full-length mirror may be a great place to write (with a washable pen) a weekly goal or reminder to wear a clothing item or accessory that you love.
Ready for one last step? A lovely way to enjoy your dressing space is to add a wonderful scent. Lavender satchels will help keep your closet and drawers smelling fresh, not stale. Leaving a gardenia floating in a pretty clear bowl on your dresser will welcome you to the ritual of getting dressed.
Now that life and energy has been brought into your closet, do your clothes need some additional attention? No problem! I’m here to help. With these and even more ideas for helping you create ease in your personal wardrobe, I’ll help you and your closet look fabulous in 2016, in person or virtually. Email me for a complimentary 30 minute session.