Wednesday, January 27th, 2021

A Closet Full of Clothes and Nothing to Wear

If you are like most people, at some point in your life you have found yourself staring into a closet full of clothes and being totally frustrated because there was nothing (or very little)  you wanted to wear. If you are one of the lucky ones this doesn’t happen often. However, if this is an ongoing problem you encounter, there IS a way to change it.

The problem of having lots of clothes that you don’t love is caused by bad shopping habits. When shopping is done haphazardly a closet becomes a place of confusion ( this does NOT feel good). It is a predicament that continues to build unless dysfunctional shopping habits are replaced by well thought-out, organized routines.

When you change your shopping habits, your closet changes.

You can wake up to a closet that inspires you to get dressed simply by following these guidelines:

  1. Clear Out and Take Inventory
  2. Mix and Match
  3. Restock

 Clear Out and Take Inventory

Step one: Remove everything from your closet from the list below. Start this task when you have lots of energy and at least a day to do it. It is best to begin in the morning while there is natural daylight and you can see colours better.

Prepare a space (box or bag) and separate your clothing into four piles:

  • Items that are worn out badly stained or unfit to wear. These items are to be thrown out.
  • Items that are too big, too small, to itchy, wrong colour; those you don’t like and those that you haven’t worn in a year or more. These are items that you give away.
  • Items you like but require mending or altering.

Now you are left with only the clothing items you like and wear.

Step two:  is to make a list of all the items you have. For example: black pants (2), white shirts (3), blue turtlenecks (2), black-print shirts (3), grey- tweed jacket (1) black skirts (2), grey pants (1).

Arrange the pieces you want to keep in an order that they are easily found.

Mix and Match

Step three: Take the list items you have and decide how many different looks you have by putting tops and bottoms together that match.  For example, using the inventory mentioned above, adding a royal blue shirt (or royal blue blouse) will make three new outfits.  The royal blue shirt can be worn with black pants and grey-tweed jacket, grey pants and grey-tweed jacket and black skirt and the grey- tweed jacket.

Make the same decisions using accessories. For example, taking into consideration the colours you have in your wardrobe, you will be able to decide on the colour and type of accessory you will want to add.

Make a shopping list of all the items you need to complete outfits. It is much easier to make shopping decisions when you are looking at the clothes you have right now.

If not knowing how to coordinate is where you fall short, or you just would love someone to guide you through the whole process – decluttering to knowing how to avoid buying mistakes  Book a day with me! The day can be in person or virtual.


The key to having a functional closet – a closet where everything gets worn – is to have items that fit well together and are easily seen. There is more than one way to organize a closet; however the most popular way is by garment – a separate section for suits, pants, jackets, skirts and shirts. Hang ties on horizontal tie racks where they are easy to see. Hang accessories in a place that is visible. Organize sweaters, knit shirts and jeans on shelves or store them in containers at the top of your closet.

Those who have functional closets have put time and effort into their wardrobes. Simply having an organized closet will not fix the problem of having nothing to wear. All the pieces in your closet must fit well, look great on you, mix and match and fit your lifestyle  . When you have that settled then it is time to organize and stay organized.

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