We’ve teamed up with Sara Pedersen, Owner of Time to Organize, to bring you all the tips and tricks for cleansing your closet and create a perfectly, organized space.
Having a fabulous wardrobe can boost a girl’s confidence and outlook on life! But if those gorgeous new outfits are tossed in a disorganized mess, it’s difficult to make order of the piles of t-shirts, scarves and skinny jeans. Sound familiar? Follow these simple tips to bring order and beauty to your closet.
DO THE LAUNDRY
Before you begin your closet organizing project, make sure to launder any dirty clothing before you start the process so you can see everything you have.
ROUND UP AND START SORTING
Pull out everything from the closet and dressers, creating logical categories. Sort out casual clothing by category (t-shirts, tanks, yoga wear, shorts, pajamas, etc.)
and dressier clothing in another (skirts, dresses, dressy pants, button-downs, sweaters, jackets). Also, group accessories such as shoes, belts, scarves and purses. Sort socks, bras and underwear.
Once you have everything sorted, you may discover that you own multiples of the same item. How many white t-shirts do you need? This is your chance to get rid of those items that don’t fit, are out of style or are not practical. Toss out anything stained, ripped or out of shape. Donate or consign items that don’t flatter you. If you haven’t worn it in the past 12 months, let someone else enjoy it!
SHIFT OFF-SEASON AND OFF-SIZE
Where will off-season clothing go? Only keep your “A” team or current clothes in your main closet and dresser. Shift seasonal clothes, maternity and “other size” items to another storage space, such as under your bed. Many people can reduce the amount of clothing in their closet by half if they follow this guideline.
ASSIGN A HOME
Consider the storage spaces in your bedroom. Both your closet and dresser(s) will come into play. Plan how you’ll designate a shelf, closet rod section or drawer for each category of clothing.
RECONFIGURE YOUR CLOSET
Consider redesigning your closet for maximum space efficiency. You may be able to adjust your shelves and rods to accommodate your space needs better. Be sure to use the entire closet space, including the space under hanging clothes. For instance, underneath short-hanging garments, place a low trunk full of sweaters. A set of plastic drawers or a low-profile dresser could hold lingerie, swimsuits and socks creating an organized space for the smaller items.
MAKE IT PINTEREST PRETTY
Get rid of all your wire dry cleaner’s hangers! They get tangled and are not sturdy enough. For a Pinterest vibe, replace them with one or two standard types. Try white plastic tube, velvet “huggable,” sturdy wooden, metal pants or whatever suits your fancy. Be sure to face them all the same direction!
HANG CLOTHING TO WORK WITH YOUR LIFESTYLE
Section garments by type, then by color, so you can always easily see what you have. Hang pants, jackets, button-front shirts, dresses and skirts. Don’t put matching tops and bottoms together, since this stops you from seeing other ways to combine them. Arrange clothes so that those you wear most often are nearest to the front of the closet.
FOLD & CONTAINERIZE LIKE CRAZY
T-shirts, pajamas, sweaters, sweatshirts, yoga wear and underthings should be folded and put in dresser drawers. They can also line up neatly on shelves with the help of vertical shelf dividers or when placed in clear plastic boxes or hanging canvas shelves. Stash accessories, such as purses and scarves, in clear boxes or wicker baskets on open shelves. Place hooks on the back of the closet door to hang bathrobes or belts, or to lay out your next day’s wardrobe. This will help you create an organized space.
KEEP IT TIDY
Build closet maintenance into your weekly routine to reduce time and stress. It will also allow you to make the most of your wardrobe and feel great about getting maximum use out of clothes you already own. And, of course, now you have a little extra room to go shopping on Jane!
Sara Pedersen is a Minneapolis-based professional organizer, career coach and blogger who believes that when you’re organized, you have more time to do what you love. She is also the author of Born to Organize and Learn to Organize, both available on Amazon. Visit her website at www.TimeToOrganize.com for helpful organizing tips, donation resources and access to her free set of Organized Acts of Kindness Cards.