Organize Your Closet!

Yes….staying inside is a new reality for the next few weeks so why not make the best of it??  Tackle some projects you otherwise had no time for and we can ALL use some organization tips for our closets!  Here is a step by step guide on having the best bedroom closet going!

1.      Declutter Your Clothing by Categories


Instead of tossing every piece of clothing into a heaping pile, separate them into categories like pants, dresses, tops, outwear, accessories and undergarments.  It is way easier to compare similar clothes when they’re all grouped together in front of you, making it easier to get rid of the things you know you have too much of or don’t want.

As you go through your stuff, make a commitment to only keep the clothes you know you love and wear with frequency.  If anything gives you reason to hesitate, toss it in a pile for donation.

2.     Store Your Clothes by Category

After you have CLEANED your closet and come up with a vision and plan for the layout of the closet, its time to put it back together….in categories!!!!!  This tip may seem obvious, but it makes all the difference when you want to locate your cozy sweater in a flash…or simply want to know where to find what!  Keep like items with like items.  Store all your belts in the same spot, hang your sundresses alongside each other, and keep your workout shirts separate from your golf shirts.

3.     Prioritize What You Hang and Use Coordinating Hangers

Maybe you have enough space to hang every single T-shirt you own, but if you don’t, then stick with hanging the obvious stuff.  That means delicate items like dresses, skirts, and lingerie, fancy items like suits, and sturdy, structured pieces like coats and blazers.  Fun tip:  Hang everything facing the same direction, with longer items on the left and shorter items on the right so the bottom of your clothes creates an upward sloping line. 

Nothing screams closet chaos quite like a collection of wire and neon plastic hangers trying to peacefully coexist alongside one another.  Make sure to invest in hangers that actually work for you…Opt for sturdy velvet hangers over the thin plastic varieties if you have heavy suits to hang and steer clear of wooden hangers if you have lots of slippery silk blouses.

 4.     Stack Items like Denim and Sweaters

Save yourself precious drawer and hanging space by stacking bulky winter sweaters and stiff denim jeans (in separate piles, of course). These items make perfect stacks for your shelf space because they’re sturdy and thick, meaning they won’t slump, crinkle, or lose their shape when you stack them.  Not only that, you’ll be able to see each item in a stack clearly, making it that much easier to find what you’re looking for.

5.     Roll T-Shirts, Pajamas and Workout Clothes into Bins

Things like cotton shirts, leggings, and polyester shorts tend to be thin and pliable, making them perfect candidates for the roll and tuck technique.  This technique is a major space-saver if you do it right. Rather than folding and stacking your softer, thinner clothes, simply fold them in half and roll them into neat little tubes.  Tuck your rolled clothing into shoe boxes (great for sliding into drawers), or use wire baskets or clear bins (perfect for shelves).

 6.     Color-code Your Wardrobe

Organizing your clothes by color can be tedious, but the end result will make picking out an outfit SO much easier, especially if you’re a visual person.  Even creating the most general color distinction will make your closet totally Pinterest-worthy and easy to navigate.

7.     Maximize Your Vertical Storage Space

Every closet has a secret storage weapon that, when used properly, changes the entire layout of your closet: vertical space.  This means walls, top shelves, doors, and even that dead space between your floor and the hems of your hanging dresses.  Hang an over-the-door shoe rack or hang it facing sideways on a tension rod.  You can also use extra wall space to install DIY shelves that hold jewelry boxes or handbags or hanging scarves.

8.     Use Empty Wall Space for Hanging Jewelry and Accessories

Got a few spare inches of wall space? Get creative and use this area to hang accessories like belts, jewelry, hats or ties.

How do you hang everything?  You can use nails or towel hooks or opt for a more personalized approach like a stylish coat rack.

Other cool ideas?  A pegboard, canvas jewelry organizer, piece of burlap with safety pins attached or even a repurposed metal rake head!

9.     Use the One in One out Rule to Keep Your Collection in Check

Now that you have your closet in perfect order, lets keep it that way!  For every new item you bring into your closet, you get rid of another.  Got a new pair of sassy fall boots?  Let go of the black strappy heels you haven’t worn in two years.  Bought a new jacket? Say goodbye to an old shirt.  It’s simple, easy, and ensures your collection of clothes never gets too large to manage. 

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