Rachel’s Tips For Refreshing Your Closet

Frantically digging through your closet trying to pull together an outfit 5 minutes before you leave for work is so 2018. It’s the perfect time to organize and curate your closet so it not only looks good, but also makes getting dressed even easier. It may seem small, but an efficiently organized closet is a great place to set the tone for the rest of your day. We tapped Rachel to get some of her tips for a picture perfect closet update.

Step 1: Take Inventory

“The first step towards a closet refresh is taking inventory of all the things you already have. You may find a few old pieces you forgot, even some with tags still attached. If you haven’t looked at a piece, worn it, packed it for a vacation, or even tried it on in over a year, then its definitely time to get rid of it. On the other hand, if you’ve worn a piece so much you are sick of it, swap it for different pieces and take it out in a few months and it will feel fresh again. The key to decluttering your wardrobe is remembering that anything threadbare or discolored absolutely has to go.”

Step 2: Organized Closet Reload

“When you’ve sufficiently weeded out any and all unnecessary pieces, it’s important to load everything back into your closet strategically. You should keep a few outfits together and easily accessible. Curate your closet thoughtfully: if your job requires a blazer and pencil skirt, that’s what you should keep handy. If your daily outfit is a bit more casual, then keep a classic pair of jeans and a top at the ready. Once you’ve got your closet staples within reach, add everything else.  Rachel recommends you organize your closet by type of garment (jackets, sweaters, pants, tops) and then by color.”

Office Ready Ensemble

Daisy Metallic Suiting Blazer

Rachel Zoe Collection

$495

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Jules Kae Vegan Leather Tote

Box of Style

$100

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Cohen Pant Terado

Babaton

$148

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Eddie Borgo The Soho Watch

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Rachel's Tip

“If space is tight, keep only the current season’s clothes in your closet and store the rest elsewhere. You can always swap your clothes in as the seasons change. If you don’t feel like getting a storage space, then flat storage bins that easily slide underneath your bed for bulky seasonal knits and jackets are a great option as you wait to refresh your fall wardrobe.”

Step 3: Accessories

“People have different methods for organizing shoes but I personally prefer to have them all out of the boxes and organized by style and color.  I tried keeping them all in boxes with pictures on the outside at one point but it was too much of a hassle to open every box so I gave up.  I prefer to keep these closet staples on shelves with one shoe pointing out to show the front and one facing in so that I can see the heel, this way you see the whole shoe without moving anything. While we’re talking about accessories, I highly recommend getting hangers for your bags to organize your closet while keeping them neat and easily accessible.”

Organizational Must-Haves For your Closet Refresh

Bamboo Stackable Shoe Shelf

The Container Store

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Bumerang Hanger

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Under Bed Storage Bin

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Chrome Metal Tote Hangers

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Step 4: Maintenance

“A good way to keep on top of this throughout the year and determine when is the right time to update your wardrobe is to have a monthly fitting with yourself where you try on your pieces in new combinations that you haven’t worn yet. This can be done when you’re ready to refresh your closet for spring or are swapping in your clothes for fall. Whenever it happens, this closet refresh tip will keep you thinking of new ways to style yourself and also keeps track of which ones you are losing interest in.”