Create an Active Closet in Minutes
Regardless of your current wardrobe situation, I can help you create an active closet in minutes. An “active closet” contains few, well-chosen garments that are worn frequently. It is an organized closet environment enabling quick dressing decisions that will ultimately create a stylish and pulled together look without stress. I recommend updating the active closet every 3 weeks and it can be done without purchasing a thing! Continue reading to learn how.
Save the proper closet clean-up for another day so the benefits of low-stress dressing rituals are enjoyed immediately. This active closet technique keeps things simple yet offers multiple outfit options. Choose up to 5 bottoms and 5 tops that easily mix and match. Additionally pick 2 dresses or exchange a top and bottom for another dress if desired. This is plenty for 3 weeks.
Bored with current clothing options
Too many garments to choose from
Overwhelmed by disorganization
Not enough time to pick out a pulled-together, stylish outfit
Perpetually running late
The desired outcome
Love the available choices
Easily and quickly put together the outfit for the day
- Identify a 3 foot section of hangered space in the closet- floor to ceiling – this is where your active closet will be. I use 2 4-tier trouser/skirt hangers for the bottoms and keep a max of 5 for this period of time. This makes it easy to access openings for hanging garments back up at the end of the day.
- Remove everything from this identified closet space. Where to? Anywhere for now but completely out of the way. I use bins for off-season items that easily get tucked away under the bed. A proper closet clean-up event can be scheduled for another day.
- Clean the newly identified active closet space. Vacuum, dust, etc.
- Consider the following elements when choosing the garments:
- Personal Style
Visit a favorite weather website to find out what conditions are expected in the area for the next few weeks. This helps determine what essentials are needed such as a trench coat for rain or whether closed-toe or open-toe shoes are appropriate. Shoe selections are placed on the floor of the 3 foot section of closet.
Ensure chosen garments match your personal style and suit your body’s silhouette. Contact me for a personal style consultation if you are not sure what is best suited for you. Otherwise I assume most of what is in your current wardrobe suits you well enough, and you likely have many garments to choose from.
If you are a fashionista who loves to follow trends, then this part will be fun. Save some money the next 3 weeks by going on a scavenger hunt for trending elements in your own wardrobe or consider asking a relative or friend if they have a piece that can be borrowed for the next few weeks. Expect to be surprised to discover that you possess a lot of very in-right-now or very out-right-now items. Exercise:Just for fun check your drawers and closet for these wearable items (even if they are despised): yellow in color, fringe, animal prints or western theme. The findings are astounding, right?! The point of that exercise to engage option thinking without having to make a purchase. This is also a warm-up for the next part.
Incorporate pieces that represent the mood that interests or inspires you. Perhaps the sunsets on a recent vacation inspire shades of red and orange. When this mood process is done right, as in well-intentioned and tasteful, an unspoken genuine truth about you exudes your authenticity. It is simply natural, beautiful, and always in.
Identify your uniform essentials that remain a constant in your active closet. For example my personal style uniform calls for the following essentials: two blazers or a blazer and a jacket, a little black dress, and 3 scarves to choose from. Also nearby are sunglasses, a watch, bracelet, ring(s), and earrings. These essentials are also rotated but on a less frequent basis usually. This creates a seamless transition for the active closet changes.
Lastly, consider your agenda for the next 3 weeks and be both practical and stylish. If you are being considered for a promotion at work then dress for the part if it is practical. Another example is to incorporate some pastel-colored garments or accessories for the Spring time. The point is to dress for the period of time in your life today and the next 3 weeks while being practical. Note:Consider balancing soft looks with a slightly edgy garment or accessory.
Enjoy the benefits of removing stress from your daily dressing routine.
Jennifer Smith, ABQ Jen Smith