Closets: the space that can either fill our hearts with ease or dread. As a professional organizer, I often work with my home-organizing clients on the closets in their homes. It is so easy for these tiny little rooms of ours to become overwhelming, cluttered, and messy because of all that we try to fit in them. Plus, closets are easy to hide from visitors. We just shut the door and blissfully ignore the truth that lies inside.
Never fear, Candi is here! I have listed below my top five tips to make your closet an organized dream. I am positive that if you follow and commit to the following advice, you are sure to have a functional, organized closet.
1. Use slim hangers
We've all seen the slim, velvety hangers but I promise you, they are NOT a gimmick! They will reduce how much space your hangers are taking up now by 30%. WOW! Now, I know what you're thinking, "But wire hangers are thin too." And yes, wire hangers are thin but they do not hold onto clothes well. Once clothes start slipping off of hangers, your closet is bound for chaos. The slim velvet hangers keep your clothes from going anywhere and the best part about them is they are CHEAP! You can find them at Target, Walmart, Amazon, HomeGoods, TJ Maxx, and plenty of other places. I included a shopping link below for your convenience.
2. Organize shorter garments closest to the door and longer garments furthest away
To give your closet a far more organized aesthetic, place your shortest garments closer to your closet door entrance and gradually work your way back with longer clothing. Not only does this look better, but it is easier for you to find the shorter clothing items when they aren't hiding in between your longer garments. This tip will help you find the garment you're looking for, clearly see all the clothing you have hanging, and create a more pleasing and organized closet.
3. Ratios- The One for One Rule
Having trouble with a cluttered closet? Still feel like your closet is STUFFED even after switching to slim hangers? You need the One-for-One rule in your life. Every time you buy a new dress, shirt, skirt, pair of pants, whatever is may be, you donate another piece of clothing from your closet. This rule prevents you from cluttering up your closet and helps you let go of the clothes you aren't using. What I love about this rule is once I give away one piece of clothing, I start to notice other garments I should donate too which is a great habit to get into. If you are really committed to sizing down your closet, make it a One-for-Two rule and get rid of two garments for every new one you bring home.
4. Keep the floor as clean as possible
This may seem like an obvious organizing tip, but it's essential to keep this one in mind! If possible, try to keep your clothes from draping on the floor. When your floor isn't visible, it is bound to become messy in those hidden areas. Some people are able to keep their shoes lined up and neatly organized on the floor, but this is difficult for most people. I highly recommend using shoe racks to keep your shoes off the floor and organized.
5. Utilize storage boxes to store seldom used or off-season garments
I absolutely LOVE this closet organization tip. I have had many clients tell me that their closet is too small or they can't fit all of their things in their closets even after decluttering. Storing seldom used or off-season garments is the key to getting your closet in tip-top shape. You can either grab plastic bins from the dollar store and add labels or go for some pretty fabric boxes to store your clothes. There are also plenty of under bed storage boxes that work great as well. But don't forget: if you store your bulky sweaters, make sure to throw replace them with your summer clothes when you pull those sweaters out. And for a seldom used bin of clothes: be sure to put them back in their designated bin once you're done wearing them so that they don't sneak into your closet space!
Those are the 5 tips to get your closet in order! It isn't as hard as it sounds, I promise. Closets can be daunting, but I hope these five snippets of advice will help get you and your closet on track to an organized haven.
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1: Always keep donation bags in your closet. If you have to go searching for a grocery bag to bag up your stuff, you’ll lose the momentum and quit. Just stash some extra bags in the closet and fill them as needed. Trust me, it works.
2: Take your full donation bags to your car immediately. If you leave it sitting on your closet floor, it’s never leaving. Go throw it in the back of your car and drop it by Goodwill (or wherever) the next time you’re out running errands.
Commandment two: Arrange what is left over
They are an eyesore, but they also don’t support your garments well. In time, they will bend and bow and ruin the lines of your garment. Ladies, you have nice things, so treat them well. I don't care if it is a Target t-shirt: treat your clothes nicely!
Have all your hangers match.
This eliminates the visual clutter in your closet. If you can afford it, slowly invest in and build up a supply of the velvet lined slimline hangers. (Better Homes and Gardens makes a box set of 30 that you can purchase at Walmart). Slimline hangers allow you to hang more garments in the same amount of space. I also love that garments don't slip off the hanger.
Use dead space in your closet. Most average closets I’ve seen have the hang bar, then one shelf above it. But truly, there is usually room for a second shelf above that. If you can add another row of shelving, you’ve just doubled the number of items you can store. Get yourself to Home Depot, buy more shelving, and put in another row. You’ll end up using that top shelf for your lesser used items.
Use the floor to your advantage too. Tuck your laundry baskets underneath your short hang items.
If you work 40 hours a week, put your nice work clothes up front. If you seldom dress up, put your casual things closest to the door. I personally like to put the trendy seasonal items at the front of my closet, and the classic pieces further back. However you dress is the way you should organize your closet.
Stand Back, Admire Your Progress
Let's move on to the third Commandment of Closet Organization.
The Third Commandment: Maintain it, yo.
Follow the One In, One Out rule. It’s easy. If you buy one new shirt, you must get rid of one old shirt. Two new dresses? Gotta donate 2 old dresses, pal. If you can make yourself follow this rule, your closet will never again get out of control. PREACH~!
Need to thin out your items quicker? Try a One In, TWO Out ratio.
Want to be even a little more hardcore? Don’t keep extra hangers around. That way you can’t “cheat” the One In, One Out rule because there aren’t extra hangers. It’s brutal, but I’m here to tell you, it works.
Wilt thou follow the 3 commandments of closet Organization?
Let's hear your questions in the comments section! Do you think the 3 Commandments will work for you?!?
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