Keeping an organized closet can be a challenge. For years, I’ve struggled with the best way to keep things organized but still be able to find everything! Have you been like me after organizing your closet and you can’t find ANYTHING? It’s the worst! After trying many methods of doing so, I rounded up five rules that have always made sure that I can look my best and feel my best without spending hours “figuring out what to wear.”
Splurge on good hangers
OK, this one isn’t essential but I do think this should not be missed. It’s an easy way to transform your daily “What am I going to wear?” routine into a lovely experience. About a year ago I upgraded all of my plastic hangers to velvet hangers and oh em gee. Not only do they look sleek, but they don’t take up as much space in my closet either. The best part is that they are more affordable than you would think. You can find them at Marshalls or Home Goods, or even order them online.
Have a theme for your hanging clothes
Having a theme for hanging your clothes is crucial to saving time and having some order. Some people like to organize by color! I am not one of those people. I organize my clothes by the type (i.e shirts, sweaters, dresses, pants) and THEN by color, from lightest to darkest. Hey, it may not make sense to others but I’m the only one perusing my closet. 😉 The same thing stands for you, so once you figure out your methodology, see how much easier it will be to find items in your closet!
Invest in smart organization products
Utilizing bins, shelf dividers and an actual standing cube have tremendously helped me keep things organized. Shelf dividers are nice because you can use them to section off anything: jeans, sweaters, athleisure. In the picture above, I’ve used clear ones from The Container Store to keep my purses in order. Also, I have a good amount of shoes and depending on the type, I will have them on a hanging rack or stashed away in a closet organizer. Lastly, bins are great for anything and everything! I used to use them for my purses, and now I use them for my workout gear, jeans and any miscellaneous closet items like my garment bags, lint rollers, etc.
Keep jewelry close by for easy mixing and matching
Some like to keep their jewelry in a drawer, in an organizer with squares for each piece. I keep my special occasion pieces in a drawer, but I like my everyday jewelry where I can see it! I’m so visual when it comes to the outfits that I will just lay it all out on my bed, or even the floor depending on how in a hurry I am. Utilizing hooks and jewelry stands have been super helpful! If you don’t want to buy a bracelet holder like I did, you can totally use a paper towel holder and it works just as well! You may even be able to fit more bracelets than you originally thought.
Switch out clothes at the change of seasons
This is crucial to keeping your closet organized and tidy. Take out the clothes that are not seasonally appropriate. If it’s summer, that means don’t have your sweaters, coats and boots in your closet. If it’s winter, that means don’t have sundresses, tank tops and your best sandals all over the place. Many items in my closet can be worn year-round, but the pieces that can’t be, I store in bins that go underneath my bed or in the garage. I make sure everything is clean and folded for ease when I unpack the items. Sometimes I hang them or place them in my drawer, and other times, I take them to Crossroads for trade.
I hope you found some of my tips helpful! Please feel free to share your hacks in the comments! xo
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Photos by Michelle Drewes