by Jo SnojaHand

        If you have ever had a make-over, you know how great you feel when you look in the mirror and see the “NEW YOU.” A similar feeling can come from a closet make-over. When finished, you will have organized your wardrobe for ease in putting outfits together, scaled down your choices and removed items rarely worn. No matter how BIG or SMALL your closet space is, through simple organizational techniques, you can make getting dressed each day an enjoyable experience.


Before you tackle your wardrobe, ask yourself these questions:


*What is my lifestyle?

*What do I feel comfortable wearing?

*Am I wearing the same things over and over?

*Do my clothes fit properly?

*Do they reflect my age or my attitude?

*Am I open to making some changes in how I dress?


Once you have answered these questions, you will be able to organize your wardrobe to reflect who you are and the image you want to project.




Here are the “3 C’s for renewing and refreshing your wardrobe and closet.


*CUSTOMIZE (make it reflect your personal lifestyle)


1. Create a work-wear section

2. Create a work-out section

3. Create a casual wear section


*CATEGORIZE (separate and group “like” items together)


1. TOPS (organize by sleeve length)


*Short sleeve tops

*Long sleeve tops


2. BOTTOMS (organize by length)




*Long pants



3. Dresses (organize by length)





*COLORIZE (organize each category by color)


1.   Light colors to medium colors to dark colors

2.   Place prints at the end of each solid color they match

Closet organization can be a bit over whelming, so to make it easier, here are a few more tips.


*Handle each item ONCE…make a decision to keep it or give it away and then move on.

*Set aside an area outside of your closet for give a-ways.

*Try things on if you question their fit.

*Keep things you LOVE to wear only if you have worn them in the last year.

*Classics are keepers if they are not outdated due to fabric, color or silhouette. 




Give your closet a professional look by adding the following if you have the space.

  1. Storage bins or baskets for: scarves, belts, handbags, hats
  2. Matching hangers
  3. Shelves for folded items: sweaters, jeans
  4. Shelves or clear shoe bins for shoes: organize them by category and color

When you finish your MAKEOVER, you will be amazed at how much fun you will have with your RENEWED & REFRESHED closet!

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