Making the Most of It

Now that you’ve narrowed down your wardrobe to what you actually can and should wear, look it over. Are there ways to arrange what you have into new combinations? If you have trouble with this, invite a fashion-conscious friend over to help see your clothes from a new perspective. (He/she’s probably been dying to tweak your look and will be happy to help.)

This will also help show you where any holes may be in your wardrobe. If you look at your options and think “If I just had a _____ it would go with this, and this, and this...” then you know how to get the most bang for your wardrobe buck. It will also help you avoid those impulse buys that live in the closet for years before you finally give them away.

Ready to hang it all back in the closet? Try this: color coordinate your clothes. It may sound silly, but it saves a lot of time when you’re looking for something. I’m not at my best in the mornings, so anything I can do to cut down on the time spent standing in my closet staring blankly at my clothes is a good thing. If I can at least decide I want a white shirt, I know to look in the white section.

If space allows, move the winter wear to another spot or at least assign it to its own section. Digging through bulky sweaters to find a t-shirt for a sweltering summer day is a waste of time.

Well, it looks much better in here now and the threat of severe weather has passed. Time to cart the giveaway/throw away piles out to the garage. The sooner they’re out of the house, the less likely it is I’ll think “Oh, it’s not that bad…” and rescue something I’d be better off without.

Ready to take the closet challenge? You can do it, I know you can! Your reward will be a calmer, more pleasant closet experience.


Susan Ellingburg is a natural-born Texan who sings at every opportunity, reads as much as possible, and cherishes every day she gets to spend with friends.  She's a serious foodie and not-so-serious gardener who is determined not to let being single stand in the way of living an amazing life.  Read Susan's blog at