I love a clean, well-organized closet. Who doesn’t?!
The task of decluttering your wardrobe can be overwhelming though, so I’ve come up with a few pointers that I use when it comes to closet organization.
Step 1: Empty out your closet
Start with a blank slate. Remove everything from your closet. And I mean Eve-ry-thing! While you’re removing items try to place like items together. For example, put sweaters with sweaters, and jackets with jackets, short sleeve blouses with….ok, you get the picture!
Step 2: Get rid of old clothes
As you’re putting likes with likes, toss out old, unworn, or out of style clothing to make room. Anything you haven’t worn in more than 2 years or if it’s two sizes too small or large, get rid of it! Ask yourself, if you’d buy this item today, or if it has any sentimental value that warrants storage.
Step 3: Find Adequate Storage
The container store has numerous options as far as clothing storage. I personally just use large Rubbermaid totes to store my kids clothing by size (i.e. nb-6 mo, 6 mo-1yr) and clear ,under-the-bed storage totes for my seasonal items (i.e. sweaters, boots, etc.)
Step 4: Label, Label, Label
Once you have everything placed in the proper storage container(s), be sure to label EACH individual tote so you can easily find needed items later on. This takes the hassle out of guessing or wasting time opening each individual tote to see what’s in it.
Step 5: Start Organizing
Now it’s time to start filling your closet with what’s left of your wardrobe.
I keep my hoodies, t-shirts, shorts, jeans, and sweatpants folded in drawers to save hanging space for the dressier items. Remember to only hang, fold, and place items that you will wear according to season. Now that we are in full spring and summer mode, I placed all my bulky sweaters, winter boots, and heavy coats in clear, under-the-bed storage totes.
Hang everything, again keeping likes with likes in sections. Remember to not over crowd; if you can’t see it, you won’t wear it! Long-sleeve shirts, short-sleeve shirts, tank-tops, work out, dresses, skirts, jackets, and slacks.
I choose to arrange dresses by length. But you could also arrange them from strapless to long-sleeve.
I like hang my pants and skirts with clips so it gives a clean side profile.
Shoes go right shoe toe out and left shoe heel out so you can see both ends.
Necklaces can be hung to keep things neat and decluttered and it’s a great way to see what you have.
Hang scarves on a scarf organizer (I usually hang my scarf holder in my coat closet close to the front door along with jackets).
The ultimate goal when organizing your closet is to come up with a solution and functional system that can be easily maintained on a daily basis. A quick update every season and small decluttering at least twice a year will help to keep things organized and tidy.