We all want a beautiful closet full of clothes we love to wear…
It’s just not always easy to make the time to organize it.
If you have the time, it’s always best to empty out your closet completely and do the job the right away so it will really last. See THIS post to give you the steps to organize your closet the way a professional organizer would.
But for most of us, we need some quick solutions that we can do in 10 minutes or less. It doesn’t take much to freshen up your closet, and you’ll be surprised at how quickly you can give your closet a little facelift using these tips:
1. Throw or give away clothes you don’t love. This one is a no-brainer. We accumulate excess stuff without even trying! If we don’t eliminate the excess, we are really just organizing clutter. So whether you have 2 minutes or 20, you should be able to find plenty of items in your closet that you no longer want. Start by tossing clothes that are out of style, don’t fit, or are worn out. Next look at eliminating duplicates – too many pairs of jeans, for example. Get rid of socks with holes or without a match, broken jewelry, and old shoes. Reducing the overall volume of your closet is a fast way to feel more organized.
2. Group like clothes together. Whether folded or hanging, putting like things together will bring a sense of order to your closet. You’ll be able to find what you need, and it will be much easier to put things away. Designate a section for sweaters, for workout clothes, for jackets. You might even consider color-coding your hanging clothes. For years I’ve hung my clothes in categories – long sleeves together, blouses together, t-shirts together. But recently I sorted my clothes into colors, and the result has been magical. I love how coordinated my closet looks!
3. Consistent hangers are a must. Nothing clutters up a closet quicker than a mishmash of hangers. Ditch the ones from the dry-cleaner and if you must keep the plastic ones, insist they all match. Better yet, invest in classic wood hangers like THESE and you’ll be so in love with the effect that you’ll actually enjoy hanging your clothes up.
4. Use plastic shoe boxes to store shoes. Once you’ve whittled down your shoes to a collection you love, store them in shoe boxes like THESE or THESE. Simple and inexpensive, these boxes erase an eyesore while helping you easily view your selection of shoes. Plus you’ll keep the dust off your shoes and create clean lines your eye will appreciate.
5. Store off-season clothes on high shelves. There is no sense in keeping sweaters on the most convenient shelf in the summer or swimsuits in your main drawer in the winter. Rotate clothing seasonally and utilize storage totes like THESE or THESE to keep clothes fresh and the shelf pretty.