Organizing your closet can make your life much easier. You want to be able to open the closet door, see all there is to see, and make quick choices about what to wear without having to hunt through a jumbled mess.
But the process of organizing your closet can also help you see the holes in your wardrobe that need to be filled. As you toss, donate, or store your clothing you are going to get a pretty good idea of what pieces of clothing you need to replace.
Keep a pad of paper and a pen handy as you are sorting. If you notice that your two best white t-shirts really aren’t your best anymore and have decided to either make them into rags or toss them – write down that you need to purchase two white t-shirts. This will save you some time and a headache the next time you’re searching for an item that’s not in your closet before you remember, “oh yeah, I got rid of that.” This is the same for the rest of the things you don’t put back in your closet.
When you’ve finished deciding what to keep and what to toss, and have made your list, put all of your clothing that remains back in the closet and have another look. When you have your entire pant collection grouped together, do you see any holes that could be filled? Maybe you have lots of black dress pants but no casual ones, so add that to your list too.
When your list is complete you might not be able to go out and buy everything on it at the same time, but it’ll help you when you’re out shopping to decide what you need first. To that end, keep your list with you at all times.