Find Your Organizational Style
The first step in organizing your closet is getting to know your organizational style. "You have to stop to think about what's easy for you," Cynthia said. "The biggest mistake that people make is to try and create a closet like they might see in a magazine or a store, but it needs to be easy for you. For example, do you prefer to hang or fold your jeans, do you prefer to hang or fold your t-shirts. Those are two items that could go either way. Most people prefer to fold their knits, but people need to know in advance if the like to have things hung, folded, in closed containers or out on open shelves."
After you've determined your organizational style, it's time to purge your closet of everything that doesn't fit your current lifestyle. I know it sounds painful, but donating old or out-of-date clothes can be therapeutic and give you a reason to buy new clothes that actually fit, physically and metaphorically speaking. "This is where you really get to make decisions about what continues to serve your sense of style," Cynthia explained. "You know what demonstrates your level of success in life, what demonstrates your creative flair and your fashion sense. You need to think bout your wardrobe as a tool in life, and what does it say about you, and then you go through your clothes and eliminate the things that no longer that substantiate that message, the shoes that are no longer comfortable that are worn out, clothing that is in disrepair and you end up with what's left to be organized into a space."
If parting with some of your old clothes is too much to bear, it helps to have an outside, objective opinion during the process, someone who can give you perspective when you can't seem to let go of that 20-year-old jacket or those tired, old running shoes. Even a Master Simplifier needs some guidance when it comes to purging. "You know, the first time I ever purged a closet with a friend she went to get rid of my favorite outfit," Cynthia related. "And I said, 'wait a second, that's my favorite,' and she said, 'would you like me to tell you what Mr. Russell,' who was my boss, 'thinks you look like when you wear it?' And it went."
Zone Your Closet
"It's not just about neatness," Cynthia said. "It makes it easy to get dressed. I can instantly select the sleeve length, the color, the neck line, the texture that I want to go with the outfit, to create the look that I want."