Although I am an extremely organized person, I always need some trips and tricks to keeping my closet clean. All of us can clean a closet, it’s the keeping the cleanliness and organization in place is the hardest part. I’ve broken it down into five simple steps that will help you closet actually stay clean.
1. Put it back. This is my biggest thing. My sister notoriously tries on 5 outfits and immediately throws each piece on the floor. It drives me crazy!! Sorry, Jessica. If you try on something, hang it back up. Put those jeans back in the drawer. It will make your life so much easier in the long run.
2. Use the same hangers (and NOT wire ones). Ok so welcome to my second closet pet peeve. Wire hangers. Why?! Don’t use them. They suck. Take your newly dry-cleaned clothes off those wire monstrosities and put them on your plastic/wood/whatever hangers. Not only will it help your closet appear uniform, but you can take the wire hangers back to the dry cleaners and recycle them.
3. If it isn’t working, fix it. At one point, I had all of my shoes on a tiny rack (I know, I wasn’t thinking clearly), and it just wasn’t working with my closet layout. I couldn’t access my shoes and they would constantly fall. Instead of dealing with it, I got another self, rearranged my closet and now I can see all of my beautiful shoes. Seeing everything helps me get dressed quickly and easily. The lesson of my interesting story is to make it work for yourself. Don’t just settle!
4. Make it special. Take pride in your space. I have a small rug in my closet – and my closet is by no means a huge closet. Think Carrie Bradshaw’s closet without the bathroom on the other side…and smaller…with no drawers or cabinets. BUT THAT’S OK. I can still make my space feel special. Maybe it’s a chandelier or a picture. Whatever makes you smile when you’re getting ready every morning.
5. Do a seasonal switch. It’s almost that time of the year! I do a closet switch twice a year – one for spring/summer and one for fall/winter. Maybe one day I’ll have enough clothes for a 4 times a year switch…but let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Clearing out the items I won’t wear helps me to reassess what I need to get rid of and what I need to save for next year.
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