Six Tips for Organizing Your Closet

Six Tips for Organizing Your Closet 1

Six Tips for Organizing Your Closet 2Cleaning up your closet and keeping it organized can seem like a monumental undertaking but it doesn’t have to be. And the effort it takes will pay off in the long run. An organized closet will end up saving you time and keeping your clothes in good shape longer.

1) Start by clearing out everything from your closet and taking inventory (it is beneficial to take time to do this about once a year). Assess what clothing items still fit, are still in good shape, and are still in style. If you’re never going to wear something again there is no reason to waste valuable space in your closet.

2) As you sort through your clothing put each item into one of four piles: keep, throw away, mend, or donate. Also, if you live in a place with distinct seasons, you will want to separate clothing that you won’t be wearing for several months in the “keep” pile. If it is summer, for example, wash or dry clean all of your winter clothing and store it in boxes or bags that can be kept elsewhere. Do this same thing as each season changes.

3) Before returning worthwhile clothing to your closet you will want to clean up your hangers and storage containers. Toss out mismatched hangers and get a coordinated set so they fit together better and free up space. You will also find it beneficial to get the right hangers for the right type of clothing. Use padded hangers for delicate fabrics, sturdy wooden hangers for suit coats, and plastic hangers for all other shirts. You can also find good skirt hangers that clamp softly onto the top of the skirt and keep it from wrinkling. Whatever you do, don’t use the wire hangers from the dry cleaners. They are hard on clothing and will cost you in ruined clothing.

4) Storage containers don’t need to be fancy or expensive and you don’t need to spend a fortune on custom closets. Use quality boxes that are see-through or labeled to maximize floor and shelf space. There are hundreds of innovative space-saving options out there to store shoes, hats, belts, ties, and more. Most of them are inexpensive and will make a huge difference in creating available space.

5) As you start moving your clothing back into the closet, remember that different occasions require different types of clothing. Hang similar clothing together so you can quickly assess the options you have for whatever outing you are getting ready for. For example, all your dress shirts should be grouped together so that finding the right shirt for your business meeting doesn’t require a search through the entire closet. Do the same for shoes, pants and skirts. It is also helpful to arrange specific categories according to color so that piecing together matching outfits is quicker and easier.

6) Possibly the most important step in keeping your closet organized comes each night as you undress and put back clothing. It is easy at the end of a long day to want to jam clothing into the first available space. If clothing does not need to be laundered then take a few extra seconds to return items to the place they were taken from that morning. A little bit of effort everyday will go a long way in maintaining a closet that is easy to use and keeps your clothing in good shape.

About the author: Diane Johnson primarily writes about distance learning, pell grants, and anything else that interests her. She enjoys traveling, reading, shopping, and sports.

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