I'm really excited about our new blog series kicking off today: Wardrobe TLC. In the process of starting and running The Loyal Closet, we've collected a few "best practices" that we apply to our own closets. We thought we'd share a few of these tips with you in case you find them helpful as well. Today's is a simple trick to help you identify and fill holes in your closet.
Our goal for our clients is an efficient, working closet. We want to help you avoid the feeling of standing in front of your closet, spending precious time feeling bad about yourself because you don't have (or can't find) the pieces you need. It doesn't have to be this way.
One thing I noticed about myself when I was getting dressed in the morning was that sometimes I would put together an outfit or have an outfit in mind but be missing one key component. When this happened, it slowed me down and forced me to use my brain to start over with a new outfit. Not ideal in the morning.
Here's an example of this happening: I have a lot of cropped trousers and a lot of great long-sleeved shirts that I love. I also have a lot of blazers and jackets (the Rule of Three). I realized that I would wear my jackets a lot more if I had more sleeveless shorts (to avoid bulk). I didn't really own any that were nice enough to wear with blazers and work pants.
Here's the closet hack: when you have those thoughts (ex: "I could really use more sleeveless shirts"), write them down in your phone.
Using the Notes app on my phone works great for me but whatever works for you. This may seem obvious and simple, but it really has changed the way I shop. Here's why:
- It helps you avoid buying the same thing over and over again (for me, black dresses and striped tops).
- It helps you focus on needs to be filled.
- If you're someone that gets stressed at all of the options while shopping, this helps minimize overwhelm.
You can refer back to it while out shopping but even just the act of writing it down helps. Similar to how writing down your goals helps you achieve them, writing down your closet needs helps you actually fill those needs.
It's like when you learn a new word and suddenly start hearing it everywhere (ex: hygga). Your brain is primed to recognize the things you recently took note of. This helps you accomplish the goal of getting dressed quickly and without stress.
So, that's my tip! I hope it helps you go out and find great stuff. Want our help? We'd be honored.