Closet inventory + digital organization

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I’ve been overhauling my wardrobe for about the past year, but I haven’t really been aware of how much I owned until now. I figured it was time to do a closet inventory to figure out where I’m at after a year of purging and buying items that fit better and that better fit my personal style. I’ve been slowly but steadily selling and donating things that no longer work for me, but I thought I was doing a pretty good job at ridding of things and not buying as much in order to decrease the size of my wardrobe, but I’m not sure if that has actually been happening…

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Here’s where I’m at right now!

TOPS: 81
Sleeveless: 5
Short-sleeved tees: 10
Long-sleeved tees: 12
Blouses: 9
Collared shirts: 6
Cardigans: 17
Sweaters: 18
Sweatshirts: 4

BOTTOMS: 32
Shorts: 6
Skirts: 13
Pants: 6
Jeans: 7

DRESSES: 30

OUTERWEAR: 13
Vests: 1
Blazers: 1
Jackets: 4
Coats: 7

SHOES: 34
Sandals: 6
Sneakers: 2
Flats: 12
Heels: 6
Boots: 8

These numbers don’t include a bunch of shirts and shorts I have around for sleeping and working out, leggings, tights, pajama pants, and a lot of old shirts I have on probation and will probably be donating in the near future. I also have a basket of older shoes that weren’t counted because I don’t really wear them, but I can’t bring myself to get rid of them just yet (they’re on probation too…or just not currently in style!). A good number of items in my closet I count as “utility” items–necessary because of just typical day-to-day life: snow boots, running sneakers, my down coat, etc.–and were not counted in the total.

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In all, I have 190 items that I wear regularly. That’s more than what I was expecting, but it’s not too bad considering how much I’ve gotten rid of the past year. I’m pretty happy with everything I have right now; there’s only a few things I’m hoping to add before we dive head-on into fall and winter (though I have to try and hold off on buying anything until next month!).

The photos don’t show everything I own. My stuff is split between the bedroom closet, which I share with Chris, and a dresser. My jackets and coats live in a closet by the front door, and my shoes are scattered between the bedroom closet, the spare bedroom closet, and the closet downstairs. (I also have a bad habit of kicking my shoes off and leaving them in the living room, so you can pretty much find shoes everywhere…) I’ve been trying to better organize my things. The things I wear regularly are in the bedroom closet, and they are organized first by type and then by color. I keep the things I’ve worn but that aren’t yet dirty in the front of the closet separate from the clean clothes. I don’t have good organization for my shoes, though the shoes I baby more (my leather shoes) are in the bedroom and spare bedroom closets so they are away from the cats and getting banged up by other shoes.

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Speaking of organization, I’m kind of a freak about it. I have three different ways of organizing my closet (besides actually organizing it): I am building an Excel spreadsheet with details about everything I own including whether the item is a core piece, spring/summer piece, or fall/winter piece; I have secret Pinterest boards with the actual items in my closet (and links to them if applicable); and I recently downloaded the StyleBook app on my phone, because I’ve been wanting a way to digitize my closet and keep track of what I’m actually wearing.

After using StyleBook for just over a month, I can say I’m really pleased with how it’s been working for me so far!

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With StyleBook, you add the individual pieces of your wardrobe, and then with those you can create looks. My favorite part is keeping track of what I’m wearing every day by adding looks to the calendar. Once looks (or individual pieces) are added to your calendar, it keeps track of how often you wear the pieces as well as calculate the cost-per-wear of each item (you can input the price of each item when you view it). I love that feature because I’ve been wanting to know cost-per-wear, but I didn’t want to calculate it myself. It’s much more fun (and much easier!) to create looks and add them to the calendar–then all the hard work is done for you!

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I LOVE seeing how often I’m wearing pieces. Since I just started keeping track of my outfits on August 1st, it doesn’t look like I’ve worn my clothes that much, but I know in a year it will really be telling. If I get sick of an item before I get a lot of wears in (which is subjective because it depends on cost-per-wear), I’ll know it wasn’t a good buy and I need to be more mindful in the future. The app also shows you your 25 Least Worn items. (Note that I wore the shorts six times in August but they have been worn seven times according to this list. That’s because I wore them today!)

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Here’s what my best cost-per-wears look like after August (and two days of September). Of course, my cheaper pieces, even if only worn once, have the best cost-per-wears right now. See my tan sandals, though? I’ve worn those so much in just the past month (six times) that my cost-per-wear is looking quite good! I generally aim for a cost-per-wear of $1, but it would be fabulous to have cost-per-wears that are below $1. That is what I’m hoping for with the (hopefully) better quality pieces I’ve been picking up recently. StyleBook also keeps a list of the 25 Worst Value.

I’m planning on doing another closet inventory and StyleBook update in about a year. I’m excited to see what my most/least worn pieces are and all the various looks I can come up with. I’m also hoping to reduce the size of my closet a bit more–think I can do it?! 😉

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10 thoughts on “Closet inventory + digital organization

    • You should totally play with it! The hardest/most time consuming part is getting everything you own into the app (I’ve been doing a lot of Googling/searching on Pinterest for stock images), but once you’ve got them in, it’s fun and very useful!

  1. Oh my gosh that app sounds incredible! Mostly just to help make and keep track of outfits. I thrift a lot so Im not worried about money per a wear cause a lot of my clothes were dollars worth.

    • It’s super cool! 🙂 I definitely recommend it. I’m so impressed by thrifters; I can never find something I like when I go and I get super overwhelmed by everything, haha. I need to go in with a game plan I suppose!

  2. Hi! I just came across you blog today for the first time, because I was searching for someone’s review on the Madewell Texturework sweater and Skinny Skinny sateen pants, because I too am wanting those items when they go on further sale! Coincidentally, today you also posted this great post about closet inventory, which I have been aiming to do as well! Thanks for sharing about the StyleBook apps and your approach to closet cleansing-I’m going to try to do it for mine!

    • Haha, awesome! I’m so glad you stopped by. 🙂 You’re welcome! I’m happy to have inspired you. Hopefully I do a better job at actually getting rid of things and not buying more “replacements” in the next year.

  3. PS all sweaters and tops are 25% off now until Monday at Madewell! (Includes texturework sweater!) Now I’m just trying to figure out what color(s) I want…:X

  4. I use closet+ but Stylebook looks like it might be easier to use. I like that you can see all the items. Cost per wear is my absolute favorite thing to see. When items get down to cents per wear I get giddy that I’ve gotten so much use out of an item. I have an inventory post in the works too! It looks like everyone is curbing their shopping and refining their closet.

    • I can’t wait until I’ve been using this enough to see cost-per-wears that low!! (And hopefully what I have will last that long, haha.) I’ve had my inventory post planned for about a month, but I was really dragging my feet counting everything because I was still listing things on Ebay and I’m just lazy in general. I had to quickly count everything the last couple of days before my post went up! I’m such a procrastinator…

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