Oh, the infamous closet audit.
It fills some of us with dread, some of us with excitement, and some of us never do it and end up with a closet that looks more like a Goodwill store!
Minimalism seems to be a trend that is having its moment, and my own personal goals of being intentional with my life fit nicely into the minimalism basket.
However. And this is a huge however.
I like clothes. I like shopping, I like changing up my look, I like options.
I’ve mentioned that I might have Fashion ADHD, and the closet audit isn’t something that comes naturally for me to do on my own.
You have already completed the pre-req for Closet Audit 1o1, so if you haven’t yet discovered your own personal style, now is the time.
Once you have a good grasp on what your own personal style is, it makes auditing your closet that much easier.
All of us have opened up our closet and cried, “I have nothing to wear!” The closet audit eliminates that woe, and after its all said and done, it saves you time and money.
I’ve been having a ton of fun helping others nail their style and master the chaos that is their closet, and wanted to share a few of my tips with you.
Step 1 – Make a list of what you need. I suggest you get very detailed with this list, so that you never get caught with your pants down – er, never get caught with no pants to wear. If you were invited to attend a symphony last minute, would you have a go to outfit? Do you have a nice baby shower dress that fits you and isn’t ten years old? How about a funeral dress, or a job interview outfit? When you list these events out, it makes holes in your wardrobe much easier to spot. We all have our go-tos for our chosen lifestyle and life season, but you do want to make sure you have a few items for special occasions.
Step 2 – Go through your closet. Yep. I know. This part totally sucks. But you gotta rip the band-aid off sometime, right? To make this less overwhelming, let’s break it into baby steps.
- First, I tell my clients to first pull out all of the pieces they wear all the time and feel amazing in, as well as all of the pieces they love but don’t find themselves wearing that often. This pile is your “love love love” pile, the items you absolutely will not part with. Great!
- Next, anything that you haven’t worn in the past six months to a year deserves a critical look. (Girl, you know that teeny tiny red dress hanging in the back of your closet from 2003? That one you keep hanging on to because “maybe some day I’ll lose the weight and fit into it again”? Yeah. Get rid of her. You don’t need her staring you down every time you eat a piece of cake.)
- You should be left with a lot of “maybe clothes,” and this pile is now much easier to sift through. Pieces that are out of fashion, have holes, or don’t fit your personal style? Donate them. Anything else that you might wear if only you had the right accessories? Keep those for now.
Step 3 – This is where it’s really nice to have a friend (or your bestie stylist, me!) helping you out. You’re going to try on each of your favorites in a full outfit, down to accessories. Take photos. Make a list of what you need. Does your favorite maxi skirt need sparkly sandals when all you have is worn out flip flops? Write “gorgeous sparkly sandals” on your shopping list. This can take a while, and it can be exhausting. I usually max out with people around 90 minutes to 2 hours, and then we come back to it.
Step 4 -This is maybe the most fun part! Go shopping! Take that list and get to work, girl! You’re on your way to creating the wardrobe of your dreams. Have fun with your retail therapy!
If you’re still feeling overwhelmed or bewildered, I adore creating custom style boxes for my ladies, and you can tell me where your wardrobe is lacking and needs some love. If you happen to live in Colorado, I can come over and help you out with your closet audit. I love doing it!