One of the most disorganized places in my home is our closets. It’s so easy to just shove things in there with the “out of sight, out of mind” philosophy around here. The problem is, after a while there is no where to put anything else and soon you are finding it hard to even put what is meant to be in there; your clothes. If you are trying to kick off the new year with a more organized way of life, here are some tips to organize your closet like a pro.
Organize Your Closets like a Pro
Pull everything out. This is probably the most daunting of the steps, but it is very important. I don’t know how many times I have done this and I am amazed at what was lurking in my closet. There were several boxes full of clothes I could donate that I hadn’t even worn in years. Plus, in order to get a clean slate and begin the organization process, you need to know what you are working with.
To get through everything quickly: make 3 piles. One for things you will keep, one for things you will donate and one for things you are undecided about. These simple rules to organize your home will help as well.
Put away anything that doesn’t belong in a closet. Those Christmas ornaments or scrapbooks don’t go there. Find another place for them or decide what you can live without and get rid of it.
Carefully decide what should be hung and what can be folded. T-shirts and Jeans do not need to be hung in most cases. Make more room for the things that do by taking them off hangers. If you still want them easily accessible, but don’t have room for them in your dresser, purchase some low-cost shelving units for your closet that you can place these items on and be honest about the ones you keep. Most people don’t really need more than 5-7 T-shirts, so if you have more than that, it’s time to do a bit of thinning out.
If you wear certain outfits often, pair them together in your closet. You can create an entire outfit, even down to the jewelry on one hanger. This not only helps you be super organized, but it will take up less space and saves you time when it comes to getting ready in the morning.
Additionally, you can place like items together or by color too. For instance, place all of your sweaters in one section, dresses in another and slacks in one more section. This will make creating outfits super easy.
Think about seasons. Do you have a lot of summer clothing in your closet during the winter that is just taking up space? Find a way to organize it and put it away to open up more room for the seasonal clothing you have that you are currently wearing.
Space saving vacuum seal bags work great for this. If you won’t wear it in the next 3-4 months, it needs to be taken off the hangers. Leaving clothing on hangers for too long can lead to them being stretched and misshapen as well.
Finally, consider splurging on some high quality hangers. It really does matter as far as keeping your clothing in good shape. If you can’t afford to buy them all at once, consider just buying a set each month and tossing out the cheap ones as you go.
My personal favorite hangers are the slim cloth hangers. They take up less space in my closet and I love that I can color code them for each person in my family too.