What Would Holley Wear: How to Refresh Your Closet for the New Year

Are you hanging on to past transgressions?  In other words, your stuff?  Then it’s probably time to refresh your closet!  

Before you begin…the first thing you need to do is bring your bar cart to your closet.  And yes, I’m serious!  Closet refreshing should be fun and rewarding, and a bar cart is ideal for displaying accessories.  Next thing is to ask yourself…“If I were shopping right this second, would I buy this?  If the answer is no…out it goes!”  The decluttering charts posted on our Pinterest board are a big help.  

Let’s start with the Marie Kondo method:  Her revolutionary method suggests taking everything out of your closet and drawers…every last thing.  And then go through them one by one, trying them on if you haven’t worn them this season and asking yourself if each piece sparks joy.  If not, it goes buh-bye.  This method sounds overwhelming for me, so I suggest tackling one section of your closet at a time….your choice, of course!

Let’s make it simple and start with tops.  First, transfer your out-of-season tops to another closet.  Go from there to pants, shoes, etc.  If space is limited, fold items and place them in bins, and store them on the top shelf in your closet.  Take the give-away pile to a local charity.  Clear bins from The Container Store make it easy to see what you’re storing, and you can label bins that are not clear.

 A Marie Kondo method I live by is her folding technique!  Instead of stacking clothes…fold items into rectangles.  This method also works great with packing.  I’ve included several of her folding tutorials on our Pinterest board, and I highly recommend her book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. And she is offering a month-long digital Fundamentals of Tidying course here. She covers how to organize books, papers, sentimental, miscellaneous items, and more. What a great birthday gift for a January baby! Watch the trailer here. Sign up this month for 10% off the course.

A technique I’ve used for years is organizing my clothes in groups by color.  This makes it easy to find what I’m looking for.  These matching hangers also make a closet look more uniform and they are a great price from Amazon.  I personally love to use felt hangers because things don’t fall off.  If you have the shelf space, arrange shoes from flats to heels.  The Container Store has so many great options if you need more shoe storage.

I can’t stress enough…start by decluttering one section at a time….go at your own pace….and set a finish goal.  How refreshing does that sound?  Cheers!

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Holley Williams is a personal stylist specializing in closet inventory, seasonal shopping, and wardrobe consultation.  Be sure to check her Holley Williams Style on Pinterest.  Contact Holley at [email protected].  

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