I love an organized closet! I mean, who doesn’t? Changing spring clothing into something more suitable for summer, however, can leave closets in a bit of disarray. With a household of six people, keeping closets in order is harder than you think. There’s no need to despair, though! I have a few tricks on how to organize a closet.
Out with the Old
In my home, I need to clean out the closets first before I can arrange my clothes neatly. Here are some ways you can empty out your closet of old clothes.
Decide which to keep and which to let go. I start with small, attainable chunks, breaking them down into categories—shirts, pants, dresses, sweaters, summer clothes, and so on. Put the clothes you no longer love or haven’t worn in a two-year period on the side. Before you know it, you’re done categorizing all your clothes!
A personal note: I don’t take out my clothes all at once. Instead, I simply go through my shirts and jeans and take out those that I haven’t used for a long time.
Use the two-year rule. I love the two-year rule! If you’re having trouble choosing which clothes to throw out or give away, use this principle. When organizing our closets, I make sure to give away clothes that we or the kids haven’t worn for two years. Fashion and personal tastes change so letting go of two-year-old clothes cuts down the clutter.
I know this may be hard, but keep reminding yourself of how frustrating it is to wade through clothes that you never wear or those that no longer fit.
Turn old clothes over to charity. Put all your “give away” clothes pile in a bag then call your local shelter or thrift store. They will gladly take your clothes and give them to the less fortunate. Giving your clothes to charity lets you dispose of your old clothes and help people in need at the same time.
There are some online resources for donating and consigning clothes as well. Recently, Gymboree, which has partnered with the online consignment store, thredUP, sent me a large bag to fill with gently used women and children’s clothes. In return, I earn Gymboree dollars for all the items they accept. Pretty cool option!
In with the New
For the clothes you decide to keep, here are some quick and easy ways to ensure that they stay organized all the time.
Organize by color or type. Arranging your clothes by color or type assures a set scheme to keeping your clothes in order. And I find that it helps maintain order in the long run if I follow my chosen system when putting away new clothes.
Buy new accessories. Not only are mismatched and broken hangers an eyesore, they also pull the fabric of your clothes. Throw out wire hangers and get wooden or plastic ones instead. They’re easier on sweaters and don’t pinch the shoulders of your clothes. You can also buy dividers for your drawers to keep your socks and underwear organized.
For your purses, neckties, and accessories, hooks are a lifesaver! Not only do they save you some closet space, they also keep your stuff from getting misshaped. If you have no space for the hooks on the wardrobe doors, tack the hooks at the back of the closet.
Don’t leave your shoes lying around. Try to put shoes away. I realize this is easier said than done, especially after crazy days or if you have kids at home. Shoes, when left lying around, not only take up a lot of floor space, but also get misplaced more easily. Just ask me how many times my kids have been late for school because we couldn’t find their shoes. It’s a big pain! Now, we’re working on taking shoes off and putting them where they belong—immediately!
Store shoes in clear boxes that you can stack on top of the other to save closet space. You can also arrange your shoes by pairs at the floor of your wardrobe to keep everything nice and tidy.