Keeping your closet organized is often an impossible feat with a busy job, family obligations and all those daily responsibilities. Things just end up cramped into every corner of our closets. Then in the mornings, you can’t find that shirt, pair of shoes or necklace you need to complete your outfit.
Analyze what you have
It might seem like a daunting task, but first you should go through your entire closet and try every garment on in front of the mirror. The things that are ripped, stained, or just don’t fit anymore should be thrown away or donated.
Also, a good rule of thumb is if you haven’t worn something in a year, then it’s time to let it go to the donation pile. Put clothing and shoes into four categories: keep, mend, donate and toss.
As you reorganize your closet, flip all the hangers one way. As you wear items, flip the hanger the opposite direction. So next year, it will be clear what you wear regularly and what you don’t.
Organize those pieces that you plan to keep, by style and season (short sleeve, long sleeve, sleeveless, shorts, skirts, dresses, pants, etc.). Also put more everyday items in front and more formal, less-used items closer to the back. Another way to quickly find items is to color coordinate those categories.
A helpful time saver in the mornings is to create different outfits for the week beforehand and hang them together. Or just hang what you plan to wear the next day on a hook on your closet door.
Use the same type of hanger throughout to provide a more consistent look and save space. Also, remember to toss those wire hangers from the dry cleaners that are not best for your clothes.
Be smart about storage
Use clear containers and bins to hold accessories like scarves, belts and hats so you can grab things quickly off your closet shelves. Use smaller wooden trays to keep track of jewelry and other really small pieces.
Display your shoes on the ground or on floating shelves to free up more space for hanging items. Wash and store out-of-season clothing in boxes or bags and keep them on higher shelves.
Take advantage of your vertical space by adding shelves and keeping a step-stool to grab items that are used less often. Doors also provide valuable space to add hooks for purses and other hanging items.
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