How to Cleanse and Refresh your Wardrobe with Jane

January 13, 2020

In our last post, expert organizer Sara Pedersen gave us great advice for cleansing and organizing our closets, like sorting clothing into categories and paring down our amount of clothing, but what if you can’t decide what clothes should stay or go? We’ve created a closet cleanse checklist to help with these difficult decisions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now that we’ve cleared all the clutter, it’s time to refresh our closets with the best basics from Jane!

 

Tees

A basic tee is your go-to for the start of any outfit. Running to the grocery store? Pair with your favorite jeans or comfy leggings. Heading to a job interview? Tuck your tee into a dressy skirt and add a blazer.

 

Go for solid, neutral colors, such as black, gray or white, as these colors tend to match just about anything. If your closet is already too full of black, (I don’t blame you) aim for muted colors, like olive green rather than neon green.

 

Bottoms

You can’t go wrong with black leggings or blue jeans

 

Black leggings are versatile. They can exude anything from ultra-casual to semi-formal vibes depending on what you wear them with. They’ll match most of your tops and are less likely to be see-through compared to other colors. If you want a casual look, simply put on a basic tee and sneakers. If you want to dress up your leggings, but still be comfortable, wear with a tunic or long cardigan.

 

Like leggings, jeans can be casual or a bit more formal depending on your other clothing pieces and even what style of jeans you’re wearing. Distressed jeans (you know, the ones your grandma offers to sew up) should probably stay out of the office, but regular blue skinnies are generally acceptable in most everyday environments.

 

Cardigans

The perfect layer. Ice cold in the morning and blazing hot in the afternoon? Wear a cardigan. Walking through the freezer aisle at the grocery store? Cardigan.

 

Solid, neutral colors are the way to go for a basic cardigan, though some simple prints or patterns, such as horizontal stripes can also work. 

 

Sneakers

When you’re constantly on the go, you need a versatile pair of shoes. Sneakers are the shoes you’ll choose time and time again. Great for the gym, keeping up with the kids and looking stylish all at the same time, you need a pair that will take you anywhere. 

 

Download our checklist to help you cleanse your closet and then shop Jane’s great selection of basics.

 

Don’t forget to enter our huge giveaway to win Jane credit, a gift card to the container store and free expert organizing services!

 

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GIVEAWAY! After you’ve cleansed your closet of all the clutter, you’ll need a wardrobe refresher! We’re giving away everything you need to keep your closet organized and fill it up with the latest Jane trends. 5 winners will win $100 Jane Credit + $50 gift card to The Container Store + free consultation with @simply_better_org. 3 winners will win $500 Jane credit + $100 gift card to The Container Store + free consultation with @simply_better_org. 1 winner will win $1000 Jane credit + $200 gift card to The Container Store + $200 towards organizing services with @simply_better_org. Entering is easy. First, follow @veryjane and @simply_better_org on Instagram. Tag your friends and let us know in the comments what you’ll be shopping for on Jane to refresh your wardrobe. Next, share your before and after photos of your closet cleanse in your Instagram Stories tagging @veryjane and using #JaneClosetCleanse. If your account is private, DM us your photos. For extra entries, tag us in an in-feed post using #JaneClosetCleanse. Entries begin on January 14th, and winners will be announced on January 21st on @veryjane’s Instagram Story.

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New Year, New Closet: How to Create A Pretty, Perfectly Organized Space

January 12, 2020

We’ve teamed up with Sara Pedersen, Owner of Time to Organize, to bring you all the tips and tricks for cleansing your closet and create a perfectly, organized space.

Having a fabulous wardrobe can boost a girl’s confidence and outlook on life! But if those gorgeous new outfits are tossed in a disorganized mess, it’s difficult to make order of the piles of t-shirts, scarves and skinny jeans. Sound familiar? Follow these simple tips to bring order and beauty to your closet. 

 

DO THE LAUNDRY

Before you begin your closet organizing project, make sure to launder any dirty

clothing before you start the process so you can see everything you have.

 

ROUND UP AND START SORTING

Pull out everything from the closet and dressers, creating logical categories. Sort

out casual clothing by category (t-shirts, tanks, yoga wear, shorts, pajamas, etc.)

and dressier clothing in another (skirts, dresses, dressy pants, button-downs,

sweaters, jackets). Also, group accessories such as shoes, belts, scarves and

purses. Sort socks, bras and underwear.

 

 

organized space

 

 

PARE DOWN

Once you have everything sorted, you may discover that you own multiples of

the same item. How many white t-shirts do you need? This is your chance to get

rid of those items that don’t fit, are out of style or are not practical. Toss out

anything stained, ripped or out of shape. Donate or consign items that don’t

flatter you. If you haven’t worn it in the past 12 months, let someone else enjoy it!

 

SHIFT OFF-SEASON AND OFF-SIZE

Where will off-season clothing go? Only keep your “A” team or current clothes in

your main closet and dresser. Shift seasonal clothes, maternity and “other size”

items to another storage space, such as under your bed. Many people can

reduce the amount of clothing in their closet by half if they follow this guideline.

 

ASSIGN A HOME

Consider the storage spaces in your bedroom. Both your closet and dresser(s)

will come into play. Plan how you’ll designate a shelf, closet rod section or drawer

for each category of clothing.

 

RECONFIGURE YOUR CLOSET

Consider redesigning your closet for maximum space efficiency. You may be

able to adjust your shelves and rods to accommodate your space needs better.

Be sure to use the entire closet space, including the space under hanging

clothes. For instance, underneath short-hanging garments, place a low trunk full 

of sweaters. A set of plastic drawers or a low-profile dresser could hold lingerie,

swimsuits and socks creating an organized space for the smaller items.

 

MAKE IT PINTEREST PRETTY

Get rid of all your wire dry cleaner’s hangers! They get tangled and are not

sturdy enough. For a Pinterest vibe, replace them with one or two standard

types. Try white plastic tube, velvet “huggable,” sturdy wooden, metal pants or

whatever suits your fancy. Be sure to face them all the same direction!

organized space

 

 

 

HANG CLOTHING TO WORK WITH YOUR LIFESTYLE

Section garments by type, then by color, so you can always easily see what you

have. Hang pants, jackets, button-front shirts, dresses and skirts. Don’t put

matching tops and bottoms together, since this stops you from seeing other

ways to combine them. Arrange clothes so that those you wear most often are

nearest to the front of the closet.

 

organized space

 

 

FOLD & CONTAINERIZE LIKE CRAZY

T-shirts, pajamas, sweaters, sweatshirts, yoga wear and underthings should be

folded and put in dresser drawers. They can also line up neatly on shelves with

the help of vertical shelf dividers or when placed in clear plastic boxes or

hanging canvas shelves. Stash accessories, such as purses and scarves, in clear

boxes or wicker baskets on open shelves. Place hooks on the back of the closet

door to hang bathrobes or belts, or to lay out your next day’s wardrobe.

This will help you create an organized space.

 

KEEP IT TIDY

Build closet maintenance into your weekly routine to reduce time and stress. It

will also allow you to make the most of your wardrobe and feel great about

getting maximum use out of clothes you already own. And, of course, now you

have a little extra room to go shopping on Jane!

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Bio

Sara Pedersen is a Minneapolis-based professional organizer, career coach and

blogger who believes that when you’re organized, you have more time to do

what you love. She is also the author of Born to Organize and Learn to Organize,

both available on Amazon. Visit her website at www.TimeToOrganize.com for

helpful organizing tips, donation resources and access to her free set of

Organized Acts of Kindness Cards.

How To Make Your New Years Resolutions Last

December 26, 2019

 

As soon as ornaments are put away and the piles of wrapping paper are plucked from the ground and tossed out, our thoughts switch from wondering how many pounds of Christmas fudge we can inhale in under two minutes to freaking out that the new year is almost here.

 

The new year often pressures us to hit the ground running with a long list of resolutions and goals. However, our stamina doesn’t usually last long and we find ourselves crumpling up our lists and thinking, maybe next year. 

 

 

This year, we’ve decided to change that. We want to start this year with a bang, and we’re not letting the fire burn out.

 

Here are our ideas on how to make and keep your new year’s resolutions.

 

Don’t go overboard

Oftentimes when a new year rolls in, we start making lists of all the ways we want to change and improve. That’s great, but having too much on your plate can mean ending up with nothing done at all. When you’re making your goals, pick a handful that you really want to focus on. Our suggestion? Focus on no more than five resolutions.

Get specific

Vague goals like “be healthier” or “develop friendships” will be a lot harder to make happen than a specific goal. Narrow your goals down and get specific. You want to be healthy? Try a goal like: “have a vegetable at every meal,” or “join a yoga studio and go three times a week.” You want to develop friendships? Try, “compliment a new person each day,” or “reach out and plan to meet up with a friend every other week.”

Write goals down

Will you remember to pick up your clothes from the dry cleaners or grab that tin of cookies for your nephew’s birthday party if you don’t write it down? Same goes for your resolutions! Make sure you write them down. But don’t just make a list that you’ll never look at again. Make motivating sticky notes on places you’ll see them, like your fridge or bathroom mirror. Even little reminders in your phone could help. Writing your goals down and constantly reminding yourself of them will go a long way!

Tell people about them (or better yet do them with friends and family) 

Talk about your goals! The more you talk about your goals, not only will they naturally become a part of your life and schedule, but the people around you will keep you in check. It’s even better if you’re completing your goals with other people, as you’ll be able to motivate each other.

Plan follow-throughs and check ups

First and foremost, don’t make your goals just another box to check off on your to-do list. You have to make them a part of your day. If you wait until the morning of to decide whether or not you want to do it, chances are the novelty of a new goal will wear off sooner than you planned. So, for example, if your resolution is to drink five water bottles a day, make it a habit to drink a bottle before or after every meal.

Celebrate small successes

Reaching your big goals is made out of the small steps you take along the way. Celebrate those small successes! Give yourself motivation to keep moving forward by celebrating all the ways that you are improving.

Don’t choose a goal that’s negative (stop__) or (don’t __)

Positivity is key. By making a goal to be something or do something, you’re way more likely to succeed than if you make negative goals that tell you to stop doing something. If there are habits you want to break this coming year, rephrase the goal to make it positive. You want to have less wine before bed? Replace it. Instead of “don’t drink more than one glass of wine before bed,” try, “drink a glass of peppermint tea before bed.”

Don’t rely on others to get you where you want to go

The support of others can be a great motivator, but if it’s your only motivator, then the chances of you getting out of bed in the morning to hit that early spin class or opt for green juice instead of your favorite caramel mocha aren’t going to be very likely. Don’t rely on others as your pure source of motivation. Find the motivation within yourself. Be your own cheerleader.

Set the intention to succeed

If you make a goal with the thought that your goal will never actually happen, you’re already setting yourself up to fail. Set the intention to succeed, and you’ll be able to make it so.

Work on one at a time

Take it slow and tackle each goal one at a time. It’s a lot harder to make a habit out of anything if you have multiple goals you’re juggling at once.

 

 

Hopefully these tips will give you a better idea on how to make your goals and achieve them! Let us know which goals you decided to work on this year. We want to know how you’re planning on tackling 2020!