How to Organize Your Closet

When you open your closet door, do boxes, clothing, or hangers tumble out? If so, it’s time to organize your closet. Since getting dressed is typically the first thing you do to start your day, wouldn’t it be nice to begin each day stress-free, by not having to rush around in a panic or become frustrated because you can’t find what you are looking for?  Wouldn’t it be easier to decide which shoes, shirt, pants, skirt or etc. to wear and which top or shoes goes best with this or that if you could view all your clothing in an orderly manner? Organizing your closet can make all this possible.

The first step you need to take when starting a closet makeover is purge.  Get rid of all the items you no longer wear or want, worn out or no longer fit you.  The One Year Rule:  is commonly used – if you haven’t worn it in one year, throw it out.  Some people will hold onto clothing they haven’t worn or items they haven’t used for a little longer than one year, but this time frame is a good reference point that works for many, but not all.  For example, if you take a major ski trip every two or three years and thus need to hold onto your ski equipment for those future events even though you haven’t used the clothing and equipment in the last year, it clearly makes sense to do that.  Use your best judgment here and do what works best for you and your lifestyle. Sell, donate, give away or throw away the items you’re purging from your closet.

The second step is to evaluate each section of the closet that you want to organize and formulate a plan about which items you want placed in which area. Make written or mental notes of all the things you are keeping, place them in certain sections and add labels if you like.  Labels can be added to both shelving, boxes and bins to help you get organized and stay that way.  You purged thing in the previous step so now divide the remaining items and clothing into two categories: things/clothing you presently use in a regular basis, things/clothing reserved for future use.

Once you have sorted everything divided upt, you can start putting things in their new places in the closet by organizing them in a way that makes the most sense to you.  For example you can arrange your clothes by season, by garment type outdoor vs indoor clothing or by color all white shirts together or by practicality such as having a grab-and-go section. For example the items found in this section are those that can be worn everyday; your favorite pair of jeans, a plain white shirt that can be mixed and matched with anything. Then another section could be allotted for items you will wear for special occasions such as ruffled or beaded blouses.

If all the items don’t f it, it’s time to invest in shelving or storage bins to help organize and store shoes, sweaters, workout clothing, or other items you don’t use on a regular basis.  The inside of the closet door can be used for hanging ties, scarves, belts, purses and other accessories. You can also change your hanging clothes rod placement.  For example, instead of one rod, you might be better off with two parallel rods at different heights to accommodate more clothes in your newly organized closet.  Most closets have one shelf, a second shelf can easily be added, It is essential to put things back into the area of the closet where it came from. It may seem like a time saver, just to shove the stuff in where ever it’ll fit. It’s that kind of thinking that got you where you were in the first place. Concentrate on how much quicker and stress free it will be when you open that closet door and effortlessly find what you want.

Having a newly organized closet can help you save time, money and lower your stress level. You might also find that you save money, because you won’t be buying identical items by mistake and you’ll find that you can give new life to some of your old classics in your wardrobe by accessorizing with newer trends.  Best of all, your new and organized closet will make it a pleasure to get dressed every morning, it’s like having a private little boutique right in your own home that’s open 24 hours a day!
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