Closet organized and completely under control by tomorrow. Don’t think that’s possible, well we’ve got 10 tricks that will help you clear the clutter and help you get your closet tidy in no time.
- Start by editing. Pull out everything you have section by section and ask yourself two questions? Do I LOVE this piece? And have I worn this piece? If you don’t immediately feel a positive emotion holding it then it shouldn’t go back in the closet. If you love it, but you haven’t worn it the past year, it shouldn’t go back in the closet. Keep only the things that make you look and feel good and you’ll find it easier to get dressed every day. Everything else should be discarded or donated.
- Organizing supplies. Buy new hangers, the thin ones that hold onto your clothing and help you save space. Baskets and bins to sort smaller items and store above and below eye level. Also, now is a good time to order a few basics that will help you keep your clothes ready to wear. A hand steamer can make a world of difference in the way clothing looks and save you money by avoiding the dry cleaners. A good lint brush is a necessity and a mending kit for quick repairs.
- Designate areas. Decide on a system that works best for the way you get dressed. If you are more of a minimalist and most of your clothing pieces are day-to-day transitional wear then sort by type: shirts, pants, skirts, etc. If you tend to follow trends and have lots of seasonal styles then separate your summer and winter items first. It’s also a great idea leave an open space to hang your plan to wear items. This way you can cluster a week’s worth of clothing together and coordinate your outfits ahead of time.
- Use shelf space for stacking folded items. Jeans and pants will be easier to find if you store them on shelves. Same with tee shirts and basics.
- Make a list. Keep a pad and pen nearby and make note of any styles that are missing or need to be replaced.
- Maximize space. Store seasonal items in boxes or bins up above. Use over-the-door hangers or hang Command hooks for extra space.
- Add lighting. Make sure you have good lighting so you can see everything and also double check for stains and damage for you dash out the door.
- Don’t forget laundry baskets. If part of your problem is doing the laundry or putting away clean clothes, it’s time to think of a better way. Buy a laundry sorter so that you can easily separate your lights from darks. Keep hangers by the dryer so you can hang them right when you pull them out instead of creating another pile.
- Hang it up. Hang up purses, belts and scarves so they are in sight.
- Reward yourself for a job well done! Now that you’ve made some room you can shop for any items on your list that are missing. Or pour yourself a glass of wine and hop on Pinterest to find some outfit inspiration.
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