Everyone dreams of a picture perfect closet, neatly organized and filled only with clothes that look great. The type of closet that not only looks great, but is fully functional. Your daily outfits would be easy to style and find, and time would never be wasted digging through clothes that haven’t fit since high school. Luckily, your perfect closet is just 10 steps away.
- Start with the shoes. If the floor space of your closet seems cluttered, odds are there are way too many shoes in there. Immediately ditch duplicates- there’s just no need for five pairs of black flats, even if they each have a different detail or two. Then, remove anything that is falling apart. Everyone has a tendency to hold onto their favorite shoes a little too long, but torn soles are never in style. And last, anything you’ve never worn or only wore once should be sold or donated. If you haven’t found a reason to wear a pair of shoes within your first month of owning them, you’re likely to never wear them.
- Separate the basics. You will always need white blouses, black trousers, and plain cardigans. They go with everything and can be mixed and matched for outfits ranging from casual to professional. These items are priceless. Put these outfit bases aside from the rest of your clothes and only get rid of them if they are stained, torn, or don’t fit.
- Compare your fun pieces. If you have three floral dresses that are almost the same with just slight differences in the pattern or color, then it’s time to pick favorites. It is easy to fall into the trap of buying too many of the same piece because they look good on you. However, these duplicates cause more clutter than they’re worth. Compare patterns, colors, and how many times you’ve worn each item to decide if it stays or goes. Like shoes, if you haven’t worn it yet, you won’t wear it later.
- Scan your scarves. Scarves are the easiest item to stain. They are constantly exposed to your hands and mouth, and any interactions between the two. Fortunately and unfortunately stains on scarves can be hard to spot since they are always tied or draped in different ways. Spots can hide away in the shadows of folds and knots, so take a few minutes to really look over each scarf. The easiest and quickest way to do this is by laying them out on your bed, as flat as possible. Take the flashlight on your phone and give each scarf a close inspection. Flip them over and repeat. Put anything beyond a dry cleaning fix straight in the trash.
- Double up on rods. Make the most of your closet space by having two tiers of clothing. On one side of the closet, have your blazers, cardigans, and blouses on top. Directly below them, hang your trousers, slacks, and skirts. You’ll notice outfits are quite literally lined up right in front of you. On the other side of the closet hang dresses and rompers on the upper rod, giving them space to hang without wrinkling. Below them, hang any two piece sets you have, which leads into the next step…
- Share hangers for sets. As an easy way to keep them together, keep your sets on one hanger. Utilize the bottom part of the hanger to hang pants on, while slipping the top over the hanger as you normally would. For skirts and shorts, use hangers with clips to hold them straight and secure. Hang the matching top on a regular hanger and slip the hook of the other hanger around it. The skirt or shorts will hang from the same hanger as the top without falling.
- Hang scarves using shower curtain rings. Slip shower curtain rings across the bottom of a hanger and use the loops to slide your scarves through. This will take very little space while also keeping the scarves from wrinkling.
- Organize shoes by season. Buy a few cheap bins from Walmart and use them to hold spring/summer and fall/winter shoes. By doing this, you will be able to grab the appropriate shoes and pull them to an easy to access area for the season.
- Utilize top shelf storage. If you have it, top shelf storage is the perfect place for items you want to keep but don’t have a place for. This includes seasonal items like bathing suits, hats, and gloves, as well as items difficult to hang like fluffy blanket scarves.
- Commit yourself to keeping it clean. Your closet is now clean, perfectly organized, and everything has a place. Take a photo of your tidy closet for reference, and do your best to iron, hang, and repeat after every load of laundry. You’ve already done all the work, now do your best to maintain it!
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