How it works:
Oddly enough, the first step of my closet audit process doesn’t include an inventory count (you can bet that’s changing!). Since this season was my first time doing a closet inventory count, it may change and be perfected over time, but for now it remains very simple:
1 - Choose a section of your closet to count. You can do this by season, occasion, or simply by type of garment. Depending on the size of your closet and how it’s organized, choose whatever works for you. Alternatively if your closet feels manageable enough to do so, count the whole thing! Just remember to divide it into categories so that you can numerically identify where the deficits and surpluses are. (OMG when did this turn into accounting, I’m so sorry)
Don’t forget to include accessories like bags, purses, belts, glasses, jewelry, and shoes (divide those into style or seasonal categories to get a true picture of your needs).
2 - Write your totals down and assess. Head over to your shopping list and adjust as needed, or if you have time and are feeling ambitious (you keener, you) jump into a closet audit and ask yourself some questions which can help streamline your closet and create some conscious habits. If you haven’t already downloaded it, my free closet audit guide is here.
Here’s why this helps:
Numbers Don’t Lie: HOW many times have I argued with my husband about something based on a “feeling” only to be hit with the cold hard truth after he makes me backup my argument with numeric data (My husband is a wonderful human I swear, he just also happens to be an accountant with a whiz computer brain). My point is, having an actual tally of the different items you have is an eye opener for uncovering some hidden truths about why you may be uninspired by your closet:
You have too much of one type of item and don’t have enough complementary pieces to mix and match (deficit!)
The majority of items you have don’t match your lifestyle (guilty!)
The majority of items you have don’t match your climate (also guilty!)
If you’re into it; creating capsules or seasonal collections limited by numbers are a lot easier to organize because you know exactly how many pieces are realistic to allocate to each capsule (if you want to get reallllly analytical)
Dress and Shop Smart: Armed with your closet inventory, your shopping list becomes even more accurate than just a list of items you think you might need. Knowing some loose numbers in your head is also a great trick to help pause before a purchase. It’s a lot easier to think to yourself: Ok, I already have 8 sweaters - do I need this one? Instead of trying to mentally run through your closet inventory. Of course, there are apps that can help you keep track of your closet but this is a great start.