With all the increased time at home, many women are directing energy toward their closets. Having your stuff organized is a good thing. But having a closet full of the RIGHT STUFF is the real win. So how do you make the very best decisions about what stays and what goes? The acronym FETCH defines the entire process. Here are some guidelines …
#1 – Filter out things that aren’t wearable. Things that are limp, frayed, stained and otherwise damaged need to go. Things in need of minor repairs stay in the mix for now — we’ll decide later whether they are worth the effort.
#2 – Eliminate excess duplication. How many pairs of black pants do you have? It’s not unusual for me to find a dozen or more in a client’s closet, and to hear reasons why 9 or 10 of them aren’t so great. Narrow down to the 2 or 3 best quality, best fitting ones and ditch the rest. Same for white shirts – keep only the best. And white T-shirts – same story.
NOTE: Black pants and white shirts and T’s – while universally touted by fashion mags as “Must Have” items – are actually flattering on only about 15% of women. Ultimately you may decide they simply aren’t for you. But that’s a conversation for another day.
You can also eliminate things that are hopelessly out of date, dowdy, itchy, shrunken or just plain too small. You are probably not going to take that 20 pounds, and if you do you can reward yourself with a shopping trip.
#3 – Take all the remaining items out – stuff in drawers too – and construct a “YOU-tique”. It’s the ultimate shop-at-home experience and everything is FREE! I like to tackle this step with the garments on a portable rack for best visibility. But layouts on the bed and floor can work too.
Here’s where the judgment calls get tougher. I’ll provide some guidelines is a separate post. Let’s keep our focus on the PROCESS for the moment.
#4 – Categorize. As you choose items to “buy” from your YOU-tique, return them to the closet in category groups. You decide what makes a category – is it all pants together or jeans separate from dress pants? Your call. All tops together, or segregated by fabric? Or by sleeve length? It’s up to you. Just establish a system and stick with it.
While you’re at it, you can Color-ize within each category. I do neutrals first – dark to light – then rainbow-order colors, Red family, Orange if you wear it, Yellow (another maybe), Greens, Blues, Purples.
#5 – Hang everything. You won’t see and can’t readily access – and therefore won’t likely wear – things that are folded and stuffed in drawers or on shelves. You’ll find tips on best ways to hang various garments HERE
Then Have fun mixing and matching new outfits, while noting any gaps you need to fill during the end-of season sales, which should be doozies this year. More on that later …
Chances are that when the quarantine period is over, you’ll be donating the items you’ve decided to discard. But first, read this information about Doing Donations Right.