Easy Closet Organization Tips

Closet Organization

It’s no secret, I love clothes – my shopping addiction is something out of a Sophie Kinsella novel. But recently, my wardrobe had grown to such a size that it began to overwhelm my room and my life. I had put off organizing my closet for so long that I ran out of places to store new purchases (which I kept in a laundry basket on my floor), and I would forget that I evened owned some of the items because they’d get swallowed up by the mess! Recently I spent a weekend trying to take control of my closet, and it felt so great when I was finished.

Here are some of the simple closet organization tips that I picked up while tackling my clothing situation:

Purge! Throw out your old clothes

The first step when cleaning out your closet is to get rid of your old clothes. Go through each section and clear out anything you haven’t worn in years, the things you’ve worn to death, and those purchases you thought were awesome at the time, but never ended up wearing.

Tips on what to do with your old clothes:

  • Take them to a consignment store: There’s an awesome chain of stores called Plato’s Closet that purchases younger, on-trend clothing from places like Forever 21, Zara, and Aritzia (perfect for someone like me). You bring them your old clothing, wait while they sort through it, and they’ll pay you cash on the spot for what they’re interested in. I brought four trash bags of clothing to their Scarborough location and received about $140 for the 20% of my clothes that they decided to purchase. This is a great way to make some money back on items you would otherwise be giving away!
  • Give them to friends: This is a perfect example of one man’s trash is another man’s treasure – chances are your friends will want some of your old clothing to add to their own wardrobe.
  • Donate! You can often find clothing donation drop offs in the parking lot of your local grocery store or community centre. Do a quick Google search in your area and donate your clothing to someone in need – you can even pick a charity that means something special to you.

Group by category

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Grouping your clothing by category can really help you keep track of things and locate the items you’re looking for quicker. This is super important for me when I’m rushing to get ready in the morning to get out the door to go to work. You won’t have to think twice about where your favourite pair of skinnies are if you have a designated area for all of your denim!

Store off season clothing out of sight

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If you live in city like I do where the seasons change and vary greatly, chances are you won’t be using part of your wardobe during a large chunk of the year. I keep these cute storage bins from IKEA above my wardrobe to store summer items (swimsuits, shorts, etc.) in the winter, and winter items (thick knits, scarves, etc.) in the summer. This keeps your most relevant pieces easy to access and gets rid of some of the extra bulk.

I use a variation of the PAX system from IKEA, which has served my wardrobe well over the past few years. I personally like to be able to see all my clothes so I can take stock of what I have, but adding doors would be another easy way to keep things looking neater.

Sort by colour

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Another easy way to categorize your clothing is to sort your pieces by colour. This is an extra step to help you find what you’re looking for – a Dewey Decimal System for your clothing. For example if I’m looking for a specific pink skirt, I’ll know to go to my skirt section, and then can easily spot where it is based on colour.

Use skinny hangers

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My number one space saving tip? Use skinny hangers! I had been using the cheap wooden hangers from IKEA for the longest time, but realized I could fit three skinny hangers (you can usually find these at any home ware store – Winners, Homesense, Solutions) for each wooden hanger I had. This tripled the capacity of my closet! The velvet kind are my absolute favourite, as they keep spaghetti straps and silky fabrics from slipping off the hanger.

These tips work best for someone trying to tackle a closet that’s gotten out of hand, or has hoarding tendencies like I do. I’ve always lusted after that perfect, minimalist blogger closet (with a few neutral staple pieces hanging gracefully on the rack) – but I know my reality is that I’ll always have drawers and shelves stuffed to the brim. At least I’m learning how to manage it a bit better!

 

Valentine’s Day Outfit Ideas

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Valentine’s day is one of my favourite occasions to style an outfit for, since it’s so flirty and fun! If there was ever a time to wear crushed velvet and baby pink satin, this is it. Whether you’re planning something casual with your girls, or going for date night with your special someone, I’ve created two easy looks to get you inspired.

The first outfit features an awesome pair of embroidered jeans from Zara that I’ve absolutely been loving. The embroidery trend (especially floral) is a fun way to incorporate a feminine vibe into your outfit, and I like that these jeans are still super easy to wear for every day. This look would be great for a day date or Galentine’s lunch!

For night, I created a simple look with everyone’s new favourite staple – the satin slip dress. I paired it with a black moto jacket, chunky booties and a choker to add a bit of edge to the sweet pink frock.

Look One: Teddy Bear Jacket – Zara / Velvet Top – Zara / Embroidered Jeans – Zara / Sandals – Target

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Look Two: Leather Jacket – Zara / Satin Slip Dress – Urban Planet / Booties – BCBGeneration

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Try the trend: Teddy bear jacket

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Teddy bear jackets are having a bit of a moment right now, and I have to say I am totally into this trend! I’m a sucker for anything soft and snuggly, and I love that this style can look so chic while still being super cozy. After lusting for a coat of my own after seeing bloggers and Instagrammers rocking the trend, I had to get my hands on one. The piece I styled below is the Penelope Coat by Gentle Fawn, which I got from an awesome Canadian online boutique called Mad Monkey Clothing.

I love the versatility of this jacket – it looks amazing dressed down with jeans and a tee, or can easily be glammed up for night. It has hidden clasp closures for a seamless look and my favourite feature on any item of clothing – pockets!

Look One: Coat – Gentle Fawn from Mad Monkey Clothing / Bodysuit – Urban Planet / Jeans – Zara / Boots – Jeffrey Campbell

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Look Two: Coat – Gentle Fawn from Mad Monkey Clothing / Dress – Mendocino

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GIMME360°: Fashion x Tech x Philanthropy

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I recently had the opportunity to collaborate with Toronto based apparel company GIMME360° and absolutely fell in love with the brand. While I’ve always supported companies that work towards driving change through charitable initiatives, I’ve never been able to see the actual impact my money has made past the point of purchase. This is where this company really sparked my interest.

GIMME360° sells technology enabled bamboo apparel that gives back to people all around the world by directly funding charitable initiatives, bringing clean water to developing countries. By tapping the GIMME360° logo on your apparel with your smartphone, you can see in immersive 360° video showing how your purchase makes a difference. Using Virtual Reality (VR) you’ll understand the story behind your garment, including the people you’re giving back to and the manufacturing of your product.

The hoodie I’m wearing in the photos below is just one of the awesome pieces available through GIMME360°’s Kickstarter campaign. Anti static, water resistant and anti pill (not to mention super soft and cozy!), this is pretty much the perfect sweater for every day. The best part? The coordinates on each garment directly correspond to the area helped by the charity you’re supporting.

Today is the last day of GIMME360°’s Kickstarter campaign! Check our their campaign page to learn more about the brand, their products and to support the company. GIMME360°’s current goal is to bring 300,000 people clean water with 1001 Fontaines and the United Nations.

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Thank you to the talented Josh Mankz (@joshmankz) for these beautiful photos!

How I wear flared jeans

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When I was six, flared jeans were my favourite thing in the world. I had an embroidered pair, super flares, light, medium and dark wash – you name it! So you can imagine my excitement when flared jeans recently came back into style along with other 70’s inspired trends.

With the right pieces, flared jeans can look incredibly chic, not to mention help your legs look miles long when paired with heels. I received this pair of flares by Guess (the Charlotte Flare Jean in Lace Blue Wash) and have been loving them! The true blue wash, classic guess pocket detail and gradual flare make these a versatile and easy to wear jean.

I styled them here with a basic knit tank and suede moto jacket for a simple yet put together look. The slightly cropped length of both these pieces help for maximum leg lengthening!

Jeans – Guess / Jacket – Zara / Knit Top – Wet Seal / Heeled Booties – BCBGeneration

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