With the Marie Kondo phenomenon and ongoing minimalism trend, I’ve seen countless blog posts and articles popping up about how to best tidy your apartment, or how to create a capsule wardrobe, and the vast majority of them involve some kind of all-weekend project that includes taking everything out of your closet and putting it back in again. In the midst of all of this streamlining, I have a confession to make: I am awful at cleaning out my closet, and as admirable as I think it is, I do not have any desire to create a capsule wardrobe. However, given that I live in a tiny Manhattan apartment where I’m using a hall closet as my personal closet, keeping my wardrobe in check is a must, so I came up with this little “method.”
Every night before I go to bed, I pull five items out of my closet that I’m not wearing and need to donate/sell/toss. The first few days are super easy – everyone has 5 or 10 things they never wear – and it gets increasingly difficult. You can repeat this process for as many days as you need – I did it for two weeks, so in all, I removed 70 items in total. I love that each day provides a fresh look at my closet. My set of five items on day 11 is being compared to a closet with fifty less items than my set of five items on day 1. It takes no more than 3 minutes a day, and it is infinitely less overwhelming than, saayyy…switching all of your hangers backwards or choosing only 20 things to wear in a season. Only requiring myself to choose five items a day gets me started, and really, that’s all I need.
Now, everyone is different. If you are a organization guru, and you have endless hours and patience to revamp your entire closet, that is amazing. You do you, and know that I envy your focus! But, if you’re anything like me and you a) never have 5 hours to spare for a closet makeover and/or b) would never spend an available 5 hours on a closet makeover, this is for you.
My goal in this endeavor is to fill my closet with only items I am excited about wearing at my current weight, in my current life. So that top you only wear on “skinny” days? It goes. Those jeans that are cute but stretch out in the knees when worn for more than 10 minutes? They go. The classic suit that you wore like every day to your finance internship three summers ago, but now you don’t work in a corporate environment so you never wear it? Maybe it gets put into storage, but it shouldn’t be taking up space in your closet. So far, I haven’t regretted a single item I’ve culled from my closet.
How do you go about keeping your closet organized?
All three pairs of jeans in the photo: AYR