This was my mom's bag, and now it's one of my favorite vintage pieces... a great classic cut, top handle front flap, made from amazing leather (it still smells good). I'm so happy this bag made the cut in items my mom chose to keep over the years, but I know there are some pieces (like the 1970's wooden clogs I used to play dress up with) that I wish were still around.
So when you're cleaning out your closet, how do you know what to keep and what to get rid of? Sentimental value is one thing, but actual value is a whole other. Here are some closet organization tips that we could all use for spring cleaning... And maybe channeling some Carrie Bradshaw closet cleaning can make it a little bit more enjoyable!
Closet Organization Tips
1. Have a place for everything. The container store has so many great organizational tools. One of my
favorites are the clear shoe boxes. These are great for storing so many items, from hair accessories to sunglasses (and obviously shoes).
2. Think quality over quantity: Cashmere, leather, and knits won't lose value and really hold up well over time. Summer pieces, on the other hand, can look worn from chlorine and sun and need replacing more often.
3. If you have a bulk amount of items that don't fit right, it's probably time to get rid of them. It's ok to keep around a pair of your "skinny" pants for motivation, but keep it at that. There's no point having clothes you can't wear (talk about torture, I'm guilty of this), and by the time you may be able to wear them, they can be out of style.
4. Remember to keep your classic and trendy pieces balanced. Blazers, LBD's, button-ups and wrap dresses are always in style and can be used from season to season. These types of pieces are the building blocks to your closet. An easy way to do this is by using the 70/30 rule. 70% should be classic pieces, while 30% should be trendy and fun items.
5. Leave space for new things, otherwise you'll be back to square one in no time!
6. Cycle out your seasonal clothing. Unless you have a large closet space where you can simply move seasonal pieces to the back, having your winter mixed with summer can be overwhelming and cluttered. Transfer your off season clothes to storage containers or an un-used suitcase.
7. Sentimental pieces that you aren't going to use but MUST keep. That special dress, handbag, or necklace that you know you won't use but can't part with. Don't keep it with all your regular items. Instead, store and label it in the back of your closet or another storage space altogether.
8. Before you donate that bag of clothes, try holding a clothing swap with friends! The idea is to have everyone bring 3 quality items they are going to give away, but will give friends first dibs on. It's like having a thrift store in your living room! This is especially great for pieces that are too large or small on you, but still in good condition.