Organizing Tip: Closet O’ Color

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Want a way to make the clothes in your closet or wardrobe look like new? Or at least want to look at your clothes in a different way? Try this closet o’ color experiment.

First things first, this is not a closet makeover, but rather a brief experiment to show that with just some simple changes, even the most familiar items can look completely different. I don’t know why this works so well, but it does (eerily well, in fact).

Ok, are you ready? Here’s what to do:

  • Take a quick look at your closet/wardrobe/dresser and make a mental note of the colors you see (you could even take a quick photo if you like).
  • Pull out 7 articles of clothing from your closet/wardrobe/dresser. Each article of clothing should be a different color, with no repeats. Try and see if you can pull something: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet. You can also swap out a color for white, black or gray. Feel free to use prints and patterns for this exercise as long as there’s a strong dominant color running through them.
  • Organize the articles of clothing one by one starting at red and ending in violet (or white, black, gray). Either lay the clothes out on a table or counter, place them on hangers, hang ‘em up on a clothing rack, or drape them over a chair.
  • Now, take a step back from your handy work (you can take a quick photo here too). What do you see? Compare what you see now versus the quick scan that you did of your wardrobe at the beginning of the exercise.

It’s amazing what a little organizing can do to change your point of view.

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Rashelle Isip is a New York City-based professional organizer and productivity consultant who helps people get organized so they can stress less, have more fun, and be happier at home. Her work has been featured in Good Housekeeping, Fast Company, Cosmopolitan, The Washington Post, Business Insider, and The Atlantic. Get access to her free guide, 3 Smart Steps to Organizing Your Home, by clicking here.
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