At least one of these strategies will dramatically change the way you feel about getting dressed in the morning.
1. Dress by Color.
Every day for a week, make sure that your ensemble includes an item of a certain color: week one is red, two is orange, three is yellow, and so on. This will encourage you to search through your closet and actually wear the pieces that have been languishing, unloved, underneath your go-to items.
2. Rotate Your Closet
Instead of wearing the same small percentage of your closet every week another approach by organizing items by type (dresses with dresses, slacks with slacks) is to hang each item inside-out after you wear it if it doesn’t need to be washed. This way, you can easily see which clothing items you’ve recently worn, and which items you may have forgotten about.
3. Take Notes
Keeping a journal of what you wear each day, and how it makes you feel will help you identify which shapes, fabrics, and styles work best for your body, and lifestyle. Taking notes will prevent you from making purchases that aren’t for you. Learning what style didn’t make you feel great and would be a waste of money.
This strategy is ideal for those who have a ton of clothing but feel like they haven’t yet hit upon a cohesive style.
4. Choose Your Style
Look through your closet and think about what you wear all the time. While your uniform might be two or three basic types of ensembles, rather than just one, having multiple versions of these go-to items will free up time in the morning. Since you won’t be spending money on different clothing trends each season, you can play around more with shoes and inexpensive jewelry.
5. Mix and Match Classy with Casual
You’ll get more use out of your wardrobe–which could really help if you tend to underdress, or need to class up your look on a daily basis. This could mean wearing that beautiful silk blouse to the office or wearing that structured blazer to a weekend brunch. Reimagining items in a new light will give them a new life.
6. Document Your Clothes
Maybe you have what seems like hundreds of necklaces, or maybe you’ve got a lot of T shirts or pants. Set aside whether you need so many variations on the same item and make sure you’re actually putting your collection to use!
7. For every 3 items in your closet 2 must be…
For chronically cluttered wardrobes, for every three items that stay in your closet, two must be thrown out, donated or consigned. While it might be difficult to part with so much of the clothing you’ve collected over the years, you need to examine why you’re hanging on to so many items—especially if they’re not actively in use. Once you pare down your wardrobe to the essentials, you’ll have the momentum to tackle the other important projects in your life—and look great while doing them.