I was recently reading an article about closet organization that was full of great expert advice. While the article gave some great tips, it lacked the how-to pointers necessary for actually executing a well-organized closet. Personally, organization is a hobby for me – I love figuring out where things should go and how they should be arranged in the smallest and strangest places. But for some people, organizing a space effectively can be a daunting task. In an attempt to help my readers organize their beloved closet, I am going to take you through the 3-part process:
1) Organization Prep; 2) Organizing; 3) Maintaining Organization.
First things first. I know, it seems tedious, but preparing to organize will make this process a breeze. Go through your clothing, shoes, and accessories piece by piece and ask these questions:
– Do I even like this?
– Did I wear it in the last year?
– If you were in the store right now, would you buy this?
If you answered “no” to these questions, get rid of it – donate, sell, trash.
Now it’s time to get down to business. How do you organize shoes vs. sweaters? Here are my tips for different pieces:
– Tops: Hang them! If you have space, hanging them shows you what you have.
– Sweaters: Fold, fold, fold! Sweaters are often chunky and are prone to the dreaded shoulder nipple. I love to organize by color and fabric type, but do what makes sense to you.
– Dresses: Again, hang them! I like to organize by occasion (dressy vs. day) and by color.
– Jeans: There are many different ways to organize jeans: wash, brand, shape.
– Pants/Skirts/Shorts: Hanging them with clipped hangers makes the items easy to see and you can stack them, giving you more space.
– Shoes: Shoe shelves are my favorite. I like to use bookcases as shoe shelves – it adds a bit of glamour and makes me feel like I’m shopping in my own closet. If you need more space, face one shoe out and one shoe in to make more room.
Above all else, just do what makes sense to you and give each and every thing it’s own space!
This is probably the hardest part of the process. Keeping up with all of your hard work can seem hard, but remember: everything already has a place. You know where to put it. I would recommend going through this process at least twice a year for winter/fall clothes and spring summer clothes.