If you’ve been style obsessed since you were young, like me, your dream closet looks something like Cher’s from clueless. With the carousel of clothes and the very primitive computer program to help you pick out an outfit, life was a little more glamorous for our favourite Beverly Hills resident.
Well, since we don’t live in a movie, let’s get real about how to make the most of the closet you do have. If you follow me on my blog, you know that I have a lot of pastels and florals that need good homes in my apartment. Admittedly, most of the time it feels like my house is 80% closet 19% living space, and 1% fridge. Luckily, the spaces my clothes have conquered are organized in a way to make getting ready in the morning a breeze.
My 9 Tips for Closet Organization:
1. STORE OFF-SEASON PIECES
Do you ever get frustrated when you are looking for that perfect summer top and all you can find are heavy sweaters? If you store your clothes that are currently off season in a Rubbermaid bin it will cut down your time for picking out your outfit in the morning.
Use all the same hangers! Specifically, the thin velvet no-slip hangers. You’ll be surprised how much room you can save by switching to these hangers. Also, take advantage of the thinness of the hangers by not over-stuffing your closet. Try leaving about a finger width between so you can move the hangers from side to side without having to use a crowbar.
3. KEEP IT TIDY
To make sure you can see everything in your closet, try folding in the arms of jackets and shirts so that you can clearly see what is on either side of the piece. All you have to do is fold the sleeve forward and the clothes around it will hold it in place.
4. CLEANING OUT
For this one I need to resort to a neat trick since I have the hardest time giving away clothes. I spend so much time picking out each piece that the thought of just getting rid of it breaks my heart a little. I know that a lot of my closet doesn’t get worn and it’s not practical to keep those items when I can be making room for new beautiful pieces. So here’s my trick: when you hang up all your clothes put the hangers in backwards with the hook going back-to-front. Then anytime you wear a piece, hang it back up regularly. After six months see which hangers are still hanging back to front, and those that are you can pretty confidently get rid of.
5. ALTERNATIVE HANGERS
When hanging pants or skirts look for hangers that provide space for multiple items. You can also find these hangers for accessories like belts and scarves.
This is the best way to make sure that you can see what is in your closet. If your closet is in an unlit corner, it can be unpleasant to look through. Try installing lighting in your closet, it can be a simple touch light or rope lighting like in my closet that is set to turn off when the doors are closed.
7. FOLD YOUR KNITS
You should be folding your knits and jersey pieces as much as possible, because when you hang them they stretch out and become disfigured. If you don’t have a dresser, try folding them in a bin or basket or even folded on a shelf.
8. THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX
One of my biggest issues when organizing was my bags. I would store them in bins, never see them and forget to use them (This makes bags very sad…haha). So, I went out and bought an over the door pantry organizer (typically used to store spices) and found a new home for my seasonal bags to be displayed. I also have found a hanging system for my jewelry since I wasn’t wearing most of what I had because it was hidden at the bottom of a box.
9. GET REALLY CRAZY
Since I was younger I have organized my closets quite eccentrically. This closet features most of my go-to pieces, but on my other clothing racks and closets I not only have my pieces organized by type (tops, dress, skirts, etc.), but by colour! So when I am looking for a pink dress, I know it is with all the others.
I find keeping your closet organized one of the best ways to streamline your morning routine and to get out of the door even faster. What are your favorite ways to organize your closet?
By Amanda Montgomery