Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Closet Clean Out

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Dress (tucked into skirt) & Skirt -H&M, Shoes-Steve Madden, watch-Michael Kors
This other weekend I spent sometime making a dent in my closet. I swear I clean and organize it and then a few weeks later it's literally throwing up clothes all over me and into our spare room (as you can tell). I actually love organizing my closet; you get to see all your favorite friends again. I am in the middle of buying new organizing systems and once I get it perfect I will take new photos.

Here are ten tips to cleaning up your closet:

1. Organize by how you like to look for clothes. I like to look by the style (tops, skirts, etc), but you may like color.
2. Use all the same hangers. This will help your closet look more clean and consistent. I like white plastic for their price and they usually have styles with hooks and indents for your straps.
3. If you are like me and lack closet and storage space consider buying a rolling rack.
4. When getting rid of clothes think of the fit and quality of the garment. When was the last time you wore it? Is it too trendy? Does it work into your daily wardrobe? Is it a classic?
5. If you really can't decide on an item have someone take a picture and then decide.
6. Display your handbags and shoes as focal pieces. This will make them easy to spot and you'll appreciate them more.
7. Buy extra racks or hooks to install for all your belts, sashes, scarfs and hats.
8.  Find your favorite item and display it out facing you when you open the closet. That way you will always smile when you open your closet.
9. Start writing a list of all the things that are closet staples that are now going on your "Must Have" list (trench coat, blazer, white button down, pencil skirt, etc). 
10. Have fun! Go down memory lane as you get rid of clothes that you use to to think were stylish and make room for all your new fabulous items!

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77 comments:

eleanor said...

Very, very good advice, Taylor! I loved this post.

X

PS. Your hair looks lovely in a ponytail :)

FashionHippieLoves said...

gorgeous skirt and blouse!!!
And so many many clothes :)

X

Emilie said...

Great tips! I love cleaning my closet....and making space for new items ;)

Tayler said...

Perfect! i love closet cleaning too, its so liberating!!

www.bighairandbikinis.blogspot.com/

Gabby / Gypsy*Diaries said...

I just did a cleanout last week... but at the end of the day I think I need a new closet.... :)
xxx

http://gypsy-diaries.blogspot.com/

Joy said...

Love your outfit en de blouse has the perfect color! And thank you for yu closet tipss! I really can use them!

KcomeKarolina said...

oh! oh! oh!
i love this shirt!!!
xoxo
K.
http://kcomekarolina.blogspot.com/

HC! said...

i love organizing my closet too because it gives me an excuse to shop lol. awesome closet organizing pointers! love the outfits :)

http://hautecalifornian.blogspot.com/

The Iconic Blog.com said...

Great advice! You look darling!x

Katie said...

Great tips :)

Tugba said...

Woww love the way you combined the print and the coral blouse :) Just gorgeous!

I need a clean out tooo :( Make space for new clothes :D

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Roxan said...

Or even better, have Taylor come over and help you decide what to keep and what to get rid of! Seriously, having you there while I was cleaning out my closet months ago made the world of a difference! xoxo

Glamour Bbey. said...

Love the combination of the prints!

Sherin said...

Great tips! I like to go through my wardrobe to clean every season, but it only stays neat for a few weeks. I really need a proper clean out of it though. I always keep things I never wear.

I love the top you're wearing!

titaz said...

thank you for ur tips
it help me to arrange my closet hihihi :)

nice to meet you :)

Titaz
www.stylieandfoodie.blogspot.com
Jakarta - Indonesia

Martha said...

Great tips!
I love organizing my closet too so I think i'll be following some of your advice.
I also love the print on your skirt and the colour of your top. They are so beautiful
<3

moded'amour said...

beautiful outfit! love the skirt

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moded'amour said...

beautiful outfit! love the skirt

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M.Ersa Adiprasetya said...

wow graet outfit! love your shoes and i really like your pony tail hair :)

and thank you for the tips, that was great...


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Tone Bø said...

Love your look! You looked amazing today..thanks for good tips ;-)

fashionjunkie said...

Great post - i love the colour of your blouse!

www.fashionjjunkie.blogspot.com

Becca said...

I love this post. I make for about 2 closet clean outs per a year, but for some reason, I cant take out everything I dont wear anymore.

Romance Is Boring said...

love this post! I'm in desperate need of a closet cleanout - one of my taks for today :)

romance-is-boring.blogspot.com

x

Chantel said...

Funny enough, i did the exact same thing this weekend. I organised the whole of Saturday and Sunday, and i'm still not done, will continue this weekend!

Brianna said...

I do a lot of the same things you do in terms of closet organization. I have my shirts done based on color then sleeve length in each color. And I also only use white plastic hangers :)

http://the-not-so-secret-loves-of-bri.blogspot.com/

Amanda Lee said...

ooooh. i love the pink top!!
and thanks for the great advice!!

xx
a.

Dixi Wonderland said...

I love fixing in my closet. Its so fun to see all the pretty stuff that you got. I use black wooden hangers. and like you said it looks so good when you have the same style.

Lynzy said...

Your hair looks adorable up! Thanks for the tips, my closet if my worst nightmare:/


xo Lynzy
http://fromskirtstoskillets.blogspot.com

Jennifer said...

Great look, Taylor...pretty pink with that b/w skirt..I love it! :) && your shoes are super cute...and I love how your did your hair in a simply pony..really pulls the look all together and doesn't make it too dressy! :)

As for organizing MY closet, I made a point to log on to easyclosets.com when my husband and I first moved into our new place, back in March. I had the same issue, where I was using spare bedrooms to keep my clothes. Now, I have my dream closet! It was so easy, you just log on and enter your dimensions of your closet and it comes up with a custom design, and you can even tweak it to reflect exactly what you want! It's great, and it was in-expensive. SO glad we did it!

xx
Jen

http://belledecouture.blogspot.com

Laura Trevey said...

Great tips!! It is always so rewarding to get organized ~~

xoxo Laura

Closet Fashionista said...

Great tips!!! I did that a while ago, but now I need to do it again because my closet got a bit messy XD
http://aclosetfashionista.blogspot.com/

briannelee said...

I love cleaning out my closet as well. I try to do it a few times a season. I either bring the unwanted clothes to a consignment shop, donate them to charity, or swap them with my friends.

Christina said...

Awesome skirt/blouse combo. I just cleaned my closet. Buying a shoe organizer is the best investment I ever made. I am also slowly buying wooden hangers because I love the way they look, but they are more expensive so I pick them up every once in a while.

Heather said...

Great tips! I lined the back of my closet walls with those shoe organizers for my shoes, belts, wallets and small stuff like that.

http://behindthelashes.com
*giveaway this week*

Michelle Elaine said...

are any of them going up on etsy or ebay? ;)

KeepItFvncy,
M.E.

Chandler said...

I'll start off by saying I love your blouse/dress. The color is just so fun and goes greatly with your skin tone and lipstick! Second of all, I love your shoes! You know how to put together an outfit that looks fun, but at the same time looks modest and classy. I just love it and love following your blog! Keep up the great style, Chandler

http://chandler-freshstart.blogspot.com/

Santina said...

AGGGHHH! I battle with my closet just about every week. I spend Sunday putting everything back into its place only to find a mess once again a week later. It's a vicious cycle! Thanks for the closet tips; I especially like the idea of seeing a favorite item every time I open my closet.

As for your outfit, I love romantic coral blouse paired with the black and white skirt. Whenever I try to tuck a dress into a skirt it results in unattractive bunches of fabric underneath the skirt. Any tricks to pass along?

Jaime @ La vie...J'aime said...

Great tips! I cleaned out a ton of my clothes when I moved....felt great! :)

Lucy Laucht said...

love that colour on you honey!
Lx

Live It Orange said...

Great post. Very useful advice :)

Sam

Amanda said...

Thanks for the tips! I am ashamed to admit that I have a handful of pieces from high school that I no longer wear but still keep from year to year. You've inspired me to give them the boot once and for all to make room for new things I love!

esdelope said...

One of my favorite tips is to put desk dividers onto shelves to keep things organized (I'm queen of throwing purses or scarves into a pile). My favorite ones are from target, and have pockets on them - perfect for putting toiletries that I don't use every day!

Becca

Dancing Branflake said...

Great tips! I really need to go clean out my closet right now.

DiamondsandTulle said...

Great list Taylor and I love how you made the dress into a top! I did a closet re-organization last year using Elfa (Container Store) shelving, racks, etc. and all Huggable Hanges from Joy Mangano (and some extras from Costco - Slimline Hangers). It's made a world of difference!

xx Vivian @ http://diamondsandtulle.blogspot.com

GlowGleamGlisten said...

Love this post! I've been needing to clean out my closet for way too long!
Your outfit is gorgeous, I really love the skirt!

http://glowgleamglisten.wordpress.com/

6roove said...

the 8. point is the best! :D

btw, gorgeous color of blouse!

XX
Watching the waves

libys11 said...

aaahh rolling rack, i need one of those!!!! :D nice tip!

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StyleStandards said...

I completely agree with #2 - i get really annoyed if any of my hangers don't match! I have a really hard time getting rid of old clothes, thanks for the great advice :)

Kristy said...

ah, closet clean up for me is always a nightmare! Thank God I just moved in to a new place so it was a fresh start for me and my closet :p I agree with the white hangers. They make the closet look cleaner and they're cheap too :D

www.monochromachic.com

jen lainy said...

I really like this outfit. The bright pink top is too great for words. Well maybe not...I LOVE IT!

Robbie said...

Great post Taylor, will definitely be following your advice this summer. Sorting my wardrobe is on my 'to do list' !

Robbie xox

http://www.theothersideofthepondmydear.blogspot.com

Robbie said...

Great post Taylor, will definitely be following your advice this summer. Sorting my wardrobe is on my 'to do list' !

Robbie xox

http://www.theothersideofthepondmydear.blogspot.com

Phuong said...

you look great in the pink blouse!!

Insomnia said...

I organize a few times a year, because of the amount of clothes it gets messy so fast.
And that pink really works for you!

kelly frances said...

i love when people tuck dresses into skirts!! and the skirt has to be just right so you cant tell, yours is.. fabulous

<33
heelsandinspiration.blogspot.com

Neekoh said...

I am such a closet voyeur, I cannot wait to see the final product!!

XXo,
Neekoh

Lianna J said...

i love this post! great advice and i love your skirt :)

Mary said...

Stunning! LOVE that top on you! I looovvee cleaning my closet... perhaps I'll do that tonight ;)

xxMK
Delightful Bitefuls

revital said...

great tips!!! lovely post!

http://revi-pinkillusions.blogspot.com/

Taylor Sterling said...

Thanks everyone!!

Yvonne said...

Oh man, I've been needing to clean out my closet but never got around to it! After reading your post, I feel more motivated to get it done! Thanks Taylor!


Yvonne
www.beso.com

Eli said...

I split up sides for vintage and non vintage and find this so much easier for dressing each day depending on what I want to feel like. Luckily in Las Vegas we have extreme weather and like right now I know I wont wear anything with sleeves or any of my coats until late September. It makes it easy to put stuff away. Yet I still have a pile of laundry on my bedroom floor...must figure out how to make that disappear next

Style ninfa said...

Those are really nice tips, thar outfit ROCKS!!
xoxo. Angie

styleninfa.blogspot.com

Style, She Wrote said...

Fun closet cleanout. Thanks for the tips! We just did the same thing! xo style, she wrote

andrea k (blonde bedhead) said...

I literally gasped when I saw this look! This look is so gorgeous and the color is AMAZING on you. The ankle boots are fab as well. Just everything overall is my favorite. <33333

Vinda Sonata said...

thanks for the advice, taylor. i'll start considering buying a new rack, too, my belts are getting overwhelming. you look great, btw, love the shade of pink of the top. looks good on you.

ShoesForDessert said...

Those are such great tips! I just wish I could get rid of everything and start over...but then again I don't lol

Erica said...

Thanks for the tips! I need to get organized ASAP! I have been avoiding cleaning my closet like the plague ; (
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Nadine2point0 said...

Great post! Thanks! I'm just going to slip this under the door of our eleven year-old Daughter.....!

Anna Jane said...

great tips, as usual. and you look fantastic, as usual!

xx,
annajane
http://seejaneworkplaylive.blogspot.com

K*Rock said...

I love your ten tips... I too love organizing my closet, but it's only a matter of weeks, sometimes days, before it needs to be done again! ah!

eatsleepwear said...

still in love with that pink frock! puffy sleeves... YES!

xo, Kim www.eatsleepwear.com

Ashley said...

Really Cute! I love how everyone's putting skirts over dresses for a whole new look!

Check out these items I highlighted today--all white for the summer! Blazers, silk blouses, shorts! So chic!
http://www.honeysucklechic.com/2010/07/14/white-hot-summer/

Ashley
http://honeysucklechic.com

Lainey said...

I just adore everything about this outfit. I love the coral and the printed skirt together. It's pretty amazing.

Mariloé said...

i like the outfit more when you have you hair like in the last picture

BethRoseee said...

Heyy
Great advice. Just wish I would be able to stick to it. When ever I start to clean out my wardrobe I get bored and just end up throwing everything back in any old place :(
xx

nyc lu said...

i tried on that H&M skirt and loved it, but thought it was a little too short. im so paranoid about those things! haha. wish i'd gotten it!

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