What if you could save tons of time and money, and boost your mood to boot, just by organizing your closet? Wouldn’t you jump at the idea? Too often the answer is no because of the enormous amount of tedium involved that quite frankly most of us just can’t push through. What if you could organize your closet like a pro with just a few steps? Here are a few tips the professionals use every day to make an often overwhelming job go smoothly. By this time tomorrow you could be wearing long lost outfits you forgot you loved and checking your closet off of that long list of things to do this year. Let’s get started.
When it comes to our closets, the number one problem is that we keep too much stuff. Most people only use 20 percent of their clothes eighty percent of the time. The rule of thumb to thinning things out is to look at your clothes and if you haven’t worn it in a full season, give it away, place it in a consignment shop, or sell it at a yard sale. It’s so important to only keep those outfits you love and that fit properly. It’s even a good idea to take everything out of your closet every six months and only put back the things you know you love and need. This can work for seasonal organizing also.
Secondly, it is important to use the right hangers. Too often the closet ends up looking like a hodge-podge of mis-matched hangers. Use space saving hangers if at all possible. These are either made of wire or some other plush non-slip variety. Wooden hangers take up the most space but give the most structure to clothing. Only use these for heavy items like coats or evening gowns with lost of built in structure. Shorter skirt or pant hangers can save six to eight inches in the length, making it possible to add another shelf, drawer or perhaps even another rod for shorter items.
Thirdly, to maximize space be sure to use bins, boxes, shelf dividers or even shelf racks will give you more utilized space on the shelves. For shoes, the shelf racks that you find in housewares by the kitchen items are great for allowing you to place four pairs of shoes on one shelf instead of two. Boxes and bins are great for organizing T-shirts or sweat pants. If you don’t have shelves, consider using modular drawers that are either made of wood or plastic. The benefit of the plastic drawers is that you can take them apart and arrange the drawers of different sizes in any arrangement in order to achieve a place for everything from shoes, to clothes, to jewelry and scarves, and you can add the accompanying wheels for mobility
Fourthly, don’t forget about the doors of your closet. This is a great place to add a mirror on the outside. You can place an over-the-door shoe rack on the back if you need more space for shoes. It’s a good idea to stick with the shoe racks that have clear pockets so you can always see what you have. If you don’t need all of the pockets for shoes, think outside the box and place scarves, socks, or even bracelets in the pockets. If shoe racks on the doors don’t appeal to you, think about other organizational racks that are nearly flat to store jewelry, scarves etc. The options are endless.
And finally, it is important to always remember to label boxes or bins that you stash in the back corners of the closet so you know exactly what is in them at all times. Keep seasonal items at arms reach, and store the rest in the back or sides for convenience. If you must store off season clothes somewhere else, it is a good idea to keep a notebook or spreadsheet in a clear protector in your closet so you know what you have. It is also a great idea to take pictures of your closet and even your individual clothes and keep them accessible on your phone. There are Apps to help you with this if you don’t want to keep a few pictures on your phone.
These ideas not only can give you a stress free experience each and every time you have to get dressed, but also when it comes time to put all of your clean clothes away. There is nothing worse than having piles of clothes or laundry baskets of clothes that you don’t know where to put and yet need to access every day, cluttering up your room. And who wants to iron every time you need to get dressed? So, do yourself a favor and organize your closet to save yourself time and money.