My New Morning Routine

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I’m super excited to report that I have a new morning routine that has seriously changed my life. Ok, that might be a bit dramatic but let me explain.

A few weeks ago, I bought these wall hooks from Anthropologie because I thought they were too pretty to pass on. When I first purchased them, I knew that I would find a use for them but it wasn’t immediately clear just what that use was. I thought about hanging them in the bathroom to hold towels, or maybe even in the kitchen to hold oven mitts. Eventually, I landed on my closet and could not be more pleased with that decision.

I have always loved to plan my outfits in advance, but don’t love that then you just have a pile of clothes in your closet waiting for you. Luckily, these hooks have saved the day. Now, I can set out my outfit in advance but hang all of the items right onto the hooks. I hang everything from my jeans to my bra to my jewelry right on the hook, so when it comes time to get dressed, it’s all right there waiting for me.
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So far, I am absolutely loving my new routine and would highly recommend it!

Tricks of the Trade: Closet Cleanse

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I am seriously all for a good closet cleanse and like to do one several times a year. As I do them so often, my cleanses are typically on a smaller side (ie: I’m not purging half of my closet each time), but are super effective nonetheless.

A little bit ago, I blogged about the KonMari method to tidying up, and my method to a closet cleanse is super similar. And easy! And fun! Just like laundry. Ok, that’s enough plugging of past blog posts.

Really, a closet cleanse doesn’t need to be this super daunting thing that you need to allot a full twenty four hours to complete. Sure, it can be this intense if you’d like it to be, but it can also be very straightforward if you follow three simple steps.

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Step 1: Cleanse. As a first step, it’s important to go through everything in your closet and get rid of what you don’t wear/need/want/etc. Think about it this way – you want to start with this step so you can really focus on what you love and not waste your time folding/hanging the items that you’re just going to end up discarding.

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Step 2: Consistency. As a second step, you want to ensure you have consistency in your closet. What I mean by this is you’ll want all of the same type of hanger. You’ll also want all of your pants in one section of the closet, all of your shirts in another, and do not let them blend. For a list of my favorite closet accessories, check out this post.

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Step 3: Color code. As a third and final step, you will color code! Think of this as the fun part as you make all of your clothes form a pretty rainbow in your closet. Start with light colors and make your way to dark. For a complete guide to color coding, check out this post.

This Is How We Do It

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We’ve all been there when there are more clothes on the floor of our closets than actually hung. The reason we get here is because it can be easier to just throw clothes on the floor instead of hang or fold them and place them back into their intended location.

Trust me, I completely get it. There have been plenty of nights when I get home from work and want nothing more than to throw my clothes on the floor and close the door so I can get into bed. But, in the long run, all that would do is cause me stress the following day or later that night when I inevitably head back into my closet. Instead of pushing off the clean up for another day, tackle it in the moment before it gets too messy or too big.

Each day, I follow the same routine. I wake up, try on some outfits. Naturally, some work and others don’t, but I’m always sure to put back the items that didn’t work for me. Once I get home after work, I change out of my work clothes, put them away, and slip into either gym clothes or pajamas.

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I’d really encourage you to give it a shot. Think about it this way: you’re tacking on about 5 – 10 extra minutes each day by doing so v. having to spend hours sorting through all of your clothes after a long week of leaving them on the floor. See what I mean?

Hall Monitoring

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Hall closets are often a sight that no one wants to see. Think: suitcases piled up, coats hanging in disarray, and shoes scattered across the floor. There seems to be a scene in every single movie where someone opens up the hall closet only to be trampled over by all that it contains.

But why do hall closets need to be so messy? With a few baskets, hooks, and proper hangers, you can whip it into shape in no time! Need some inspiration? See below.

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Breakdown: Color Coordination

Color Coordination

I often write about color coordination, be it for bookshelves or closets, and the reason is because I absolutely love organizing by color. There’s something about the fade from the light to dark and the grouping of like colors and items that appeals to the senses and makes you feel excited to get dressed. Since I’d love for all of my readers to share in this feeling, here is a breakdown of how to go about color-cording your closet.

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First, you’ll want to divide your clothes by type. Think: Sleeveless blouses with other sleeveless blouses, short sleeved blouses with other short sleeved blouses, and finally long sleeved blouses with other long sleeved blouses. Repeat for all items in your closet, include short skirts, long skirts, sleeveless dresses, sleeved dresses. Ok, you get the picture!

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Next, you’ll want to arrange each sub-division by color. For instance, here I’ve started out with sleeveless blouses. I go ahead and group them together and then begin to arrange by color. Since I don’t have any red sleeveless blouses, I started with creamy peach tones and worked my way through the rainbow, from light –> dark.

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Finally, you’ll want to repeat this process for all items in your closet. In the above photo, you can see that my long sleeved shirts are all grouped and color coordinated, starting with a peachy button down and ending near the black polka-dot printed blouse.

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Tricks of the Trade: Organizing Purses

Organizing Purses

As I’ve blogged about possibly one too many times, my new apartment offered an opportunity to get creative with both interior design and organization. While both proved to be very fun and invigorating, the organization piece was sometimes challenging. I know, I know, you probably never thought you’d read that sentence on my blog, but I’m being honest here! Organization isn’t always easy — especially when you have no low shelves in your closet to prop purses on — but the end result is always well worth it.

Since I only have very high shelves in my closet, I had to get creative. My solution? Pretty bins store my purses and a stool to be able to access these bins. Though not the most practical solution, since changing my purse requires more than just swapping out items now, it makes for a really clean closet, as there are no floppy purses hanging around (pun intended).

Here’s a look inside the bins:

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As you can see, I separated my purses by size so not all of them were randomly stuffed in a single bin. This way, if I am going out to dinner and just need a small clutch to compliment my look, I know just where to look.

P.S. For a look inside how these bins are situated in my apartment, check out this post.

Lacing and Zipping

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I hinted at it in this post, but I want to dive deeper into the importance of lacing laces and zipping zippers. When it comes to putting away shoes, it’s really easy to unzip, unlace, and slip them in their spot. However, even though they’re now tucked away in their spot, they look somewhat of a mess.

A quick fix is to lace and zip prior to putting away. Try it!