It’s almost halfway through January and chances are you’re a little overwhelmed with the onslaught of New Year advice. Well, we’re going to keep things simple: Below, we’ve compiled a list of essential organisation tips, tailor-made for fashion girls. From de-cluttering your closet to making a clothing budget, scroll down to see how to keep yourself fashionably together in 2015!
Make it part of your routine to have all of your seasonal items cleaned as each season comes to a close. Focus on items that you only wear during that time of year, such as winter coats and sweaters, and summer sundresses.
If you’ve been putting off giving your gems a deep clean and polish, this is the time to do it. Go through your collection and sort your pieces into three piles: those that you can clean yourself, those that you need to get professionally cleaned, and those that you want to toss/donate/sell. After you’ve gone through and cleaned and purged your collection, think of ways to display your jewellery, such as on trays or artfully hung. If you can’t see it, you won’t wear it.
Here’s how to clean your jewellery at home!
In this technology-driven world we live in, it’s refreshing to just write things down sometimes. Get yourself a pretty 2015 datebook (so that you’ll actually want to write in it), and start jotting down your daily schedule and to do lists. Bonus: It feels really good to cross things off once they’re done.
Check out our sister site Domaine’s favourite options for 2015!
It’s important to set aside a monthly budget for clothing, based on your income and expenses. As much as we resolve to not spend money on clothes at the start of each year, it’s not going to happen. So you might as well budget and shop smartly.
Here’s a handy guide to help you set your budget.
Go through your closet at the start of every season, or at least annually, and decide what to keep, sell, and donate. You’ll free up room for new purchases, and maybe even make a little extra cash on those unworn items you can sell.
Here’s some closet organisation motivation to get you started:
Your Guide to Editing Your Closet
New Year, New Closet: The Best Way to Keep Your Wardrobe Organised
7 Signs It’s Time to Clean Out Your Closet
All the Tools You Need to Organise Your Closet
The Experts Spill Their Tips for a Clean, Well-Organised Closet
If there’s no method to your receipt organisation madness, now is the time to weed out your old ones. If an item is past the return policy period, or if you’ve already worn it, throw away those receipts to make room for new ones. We recommend using a divided accordion folder and organising them by month.
Do away with the frustrating feeling of seeing something you needed/wanted online and not being able to remember where you spotted it. Create Pinterest boards to keep track of your shopping lists, outfit ideas, gift ideas, and wish lists, all in one place! Get as specific as you want—you can even set boards to private if you wish.
There’s no room in a fashion girl’s life for stretched-out, snagged, ill-fitting undergarments. If yours have seen better days, throw them away and put pretty new undergarments on your shopping list!
By keeping abreast of the trends for each season (via Who What Wear, of course!), you’ll be able to make smart decisions when shopping. Of course, it’s never a good idea to spend your entire shopping budget on trendy pieces, so stick to those with staying power that will work with the rest of your wardrobe.
Similar to the jewellery organisation strategy, take stock of your shoes and handbags and separate them into categories: those you’d like to keep, those you can donate or sell, and those in need repairs and/or cleaning. Take the ones that are in need of TLC to a professional for a little rejuvenation.
Which of these tips will be the most helpful in keeping you fashionably organised in 2015? Tell us in the comments below!