What if there was a way to organize your closet without having to do way too much work? Sounds too good to be true, right? Wrong.
With the help of this article, you’ll learn how to get your clothes and shoes organized with just a few simple steps. You’ll also learn how one organization system can save you time, money, and space in your home. Let's get started.
Figure out what you have too much of and purge it
Give your closet a quick once over. What do you have too much of? Do you have too many button-down shirts? Maybe it's time for a purge. Throw away, give away or sell items that are not in season or that don't fit into your lifestyle. Do not keep these items just to have them. Getting rid of things you don't use will save space and money in the long run.
Purge your old hangers, get new ones
Your closet looks like a hanger graveyard. The wire is poking out everywhere.
It’s time for some new hangers. Throw away all those old plastic or wood wire hangers that are no longer usable because they've become bent or misshapen from being under a dress or shirt that was too tight.
By getting rid of these bad hangers, you'll find your clothing hanging more neatly and saving valuable space within your closet. For all those shirts that require “special” shaped wooden or plastic hangers – you can quickly purchase these at the local dollar store for a buck each.
Buy some cheap drawer organizers and baskets
A great way to save space in your closet is by using these inexpensive forms of storage so you can get more out without seeing all that clutter. Just be sure to have a good set of clear boxes or bins at the ready.
These can be found at any store for something that’s very cheap. You'll find them quite useful as they provide easy access to your undergarments and allow you to “see” what's inside, organizing all those lacy things into one place instead of making guessing games with unknown contents.
By keeping these items grouped together and away from other clothing items you'll have an easier time matching them up in case of a need for that “special” item. You should also use boxes to hold your scarves, belts, hats, and other accessories on the off chance that they are not being worn at the moment. Shoes generally do fine stored in their original boxes or existing shoe shelves within the closet itself.
Rearrange by category
Now's when it gets fun. Take everything out of your closet and sort it according to type: pants & skirts, shirts, jackets/coats, etc… Put all similar items together into one place so you can visually see what you've got and make sure it is easy to get to. Remember, our goal is an organization with little to no effort.
Once you get everything out you will be able to make the best decisions on what to keep, sell or donate. If any items need to be repaired then this is a good time to do so also.
You'll find that some articles of clothing go together naturally (pants and shirts), while others will only look good if paired with other items (shoes and purses). Try to separate these from each other.
Aside from pants and shirts, you can organize your closet using category-specific methods such as color, season, or type of item. These techniques are all based on how you'd like your options laid out so that it is easy to get dressed in the morning.
Finally get some clear boxes or bins – all those items in your closet need to go somewhere
You can also purchase these inexpensively at any dollar store, but if you are on a budget you can also use old plastic storage containers that are no longer useful for food. Having a readily accessible area for easy access to shoes and accessories (such as belts, hats, scarves, etc…), it will make getting dressed much easier in the morning.
If you have extra room inside of your shoe boxes then you'll be able to organize accessories into smaller slots instead of making random piles or storing them out of sight. If you are tired of never finding that pair of shoes or belt again when getting dressed – this will solve your problems.
Know where to keep what
Not only will this make finding things easier, but it will also help you hang your clothes properly. Shirts and pants should be hung on dedicated hangers. These can vary in design according to preference, though thin wire ones are the most durable. You may choose to purchase multi-packs of cheaper shirt hangers for holding multiple articles of clothing.These work well even when filled with full-sized shirts as they distribute weight evenly over a larger area and won't pull on any individual shoulders.
Shoulder stress is often the leading cause of damaged shirt sleeves or collar damage due to poorly supported garments so by hanging them properly you'll extend their life span. Jackets should have designated space in a closet or designated hooks without any other garments hanging nearby.
This will keep them from being scuffed up by contact with clothing and fellow hangers. If you choose to hang jackets on bars then be sure to use a plastic covering to protect the shoulders of your garments, just as with shirts.
Clothes that belong together should also go together when it comes to storage in bags/boxes/bins. Pants and skirts can be folded into pairs and stacked atop one another (in an appropriate sized bin or box) while shirts can go in flat unless you have something that needs special care such as those made of delicate materials like silk or lace which should be folded.
Tops such as sweaters, blouses, etc… are often items that can be folded into a small shape when put on hangers. They should have designated space in one of the hanging categories mentioned above and can then remain on those hooks until they are needed (with all other tops).
Shoes should not go directly onto the closet floor unless they have special design features which make them easy to maintain such as slip-resistant soles or fabric that resists damage from water and scuffs. Shoes can also create slip hazards, but by storing them properly on shelves you'll prevent this problem.
What is the most efficient way to organize my closet?
The best way to organize your closet is all about having a system. Think of your closet as a big puzzle and you are the person who has to figure it out. Having a set of rules and guidelines will be extremely helpful in creating this top-notch “puzzle”. So what do we need to get started? Let's take a look at these three steps:
1.) Measure your space. Make sure that every inch of space counts. Knowing how much area you are working with will help determine how many clothes hangers there should be, or perhaps how much shelf space you should set aside for shoes. Keep in mind that things can stack and lay out in different ways so sit back and contemplate before making any moves at first glance.
2.) Determine how to organize your closet. What could you do to make this area more efficient? Will you utilize every square inch of space or will it be effective to leave a little room for movement and access? Do they need separate storage areas for belts, scarves, pants/jeans, shirts, dresses, etc.?
These are the types of questions that should run through your head before you begin organizing anything. Leave yourself open to change and don't get discouraged if things don't seem perfect at first..remember it's all about being organized. (And by the way, you aren't supposed to know exactly what it is going to look like until the end.)
3.) Start being organized. This step comes with practice but go slow and make sure you know what it is you are doing. One of the most important things to remember before you start getting serious about putting everything in its place is this: Make sure it will fit. Put some thought into how things can be stacked, organized, or laid out..and always leave yourself room for growth (getting new clothes).
How long does it take to organize your closet?
This is going to be determined by how big your closet is and how much you have in it. If you have a small walk-in closet then things will go quickly with little work, but if it's just a bigger wardrobe, then prepare yourself for long hours of laboring.
The best way to get past this question is to set goals for yourself. Set a timer or goal number of clothes/shoes that you intend on organizing each day. Make sure though that this fits into your schedule so that you don't burn out too early.
How do I get everything to fit?
This is a tricky question for most people because they often overlook the things that seem insignificant.
If you are going to organize your clothes then don't forget about your hats, belts, scarves, shoe bags, etc. Also, keep in mind that some things can be folded and laid out on shelves or hung up such as shirts that have hangers attached already (such as those typical plain and simple ones).
The key here is to maximize space. Use items like over-the-door organizers for storing brooms and other cleaning supplies or baskets underneath furniture to store blankets or pillows (or whatever else you have laying around waiting to be put away.). Keep yourself open to new ideas but most importantly, enjoy the process and don't forget to have fun.
Final thoughts on how to organize your closet
In conclusion, the key to organizing your closet is finding a system that works for you. Whether it’s a hanger organization system or an over-the-door shoe organizer, the important thing is to find what works and stick with it.
When you’re ready from organizing your closet, it’s time to move on to your kitchen – here’s all you need to know on how to organize kitchen drawers.