Organizing closets can be a pain for everyone. Especially if you have limited space or you have too many clothes. I have tried a lot of tips over the years and these are the ones that have stuck with me the most. I still struggle occassionally with my wardrobe and closet space but not as much as I used to. Today I am going to be sharing some of my favorite closet organizing tips with you 🙂
It’s time to start organizing!
One small step you need to do before starting ANYTHING is to take EVERYTHING out of your closet and wipe down all of your drawers and shelves to get out all of dust/dirt that could have gotten in there. You don’t want to be putting clean clothes back into a dirty closet.
Also bring in 4 large trash bags or baskets for organizing your stuff.
Start sorting through everything
The first bag/basket is going to be for donation/giving away
The second bag/basket will be for throwing away/trash
The third bag/basket will be for keep
The last bag/basket is going to be for dirty/needs to be washed items
Once you have your bags/baskets set up, it’s time to start looking through everything. You can follow my steps below for organizing your clothes.
You can also use your bags/baskets for scarves, hats, socks, and pretty much anything else you have in your closet.
Putting everything away
Putting all of your things away is key to keeping your closet organized. If you just toss all of your things back in your closet when you’re done organizing, then all of this was a waste of time.
Make designated spots for everything in your closet. My tops/shirts have one drawer while my jeans/pants have another drawer. You should organize your closet similarly so that ways everything has its place and it is easy to find what you are looking for in the future.
Hanging your clothes in a smart way
Don’t just grab a hanger, out your sweater on it and toss it back in your closet. That’s a good way to make your closet messy again. Focus on how to organize the hanging part of you closet. I try to hang by clothes type. So long dresses, jackets go on the very left of my closet because there is enough space for it to hang fully down. My smallest items like sweaters or summer shirts are on the far right because I have a small fixture in my closet and the clothes fit perfectly there.
Organizing bags or purses
Finding places for your bags and purses that you aren’t currently using can be difficult but not anymore! You should buy some shower hooks or small hangers so you can hang your bags in your closet. I find hanging my bags up helps me feel more organized than if they were laying on the bottom of my closet or underneath my bed.
Organizing your shoes
I have a separate shoe closet in the entry way of my apartment but its absolutely crazy in there. I haven’t organized it since I moved in almost a year ago. One good way to organize your shoes and to save space in your closet is to stagger your shoes. Staggering if have the right and left shoe facing opposite directions of each other.
Buy storage boxes/containers
Buying small containers or boxes can definitely help keep your things more clean and organized. I have small boxes I use for my socks and undergarments. I use boxes for those because they are a bit flimsy and won’t stay folded in the small drawers that they are in.
I also use boxes organizing my nightstand, underneath my bed, and for seasonal clothes that I keep in my basement half of the year.
Maintain your closet
Maintaining your closet is another key thing you need to do to make sure your closet is still organized. A few ways I maintain my closet by looking through clothes every few months and getting rid of things I haven’t worn in a while or things that don’t fit anymore.
going through your clothes
Turn hangers around
This is a classic but useful tips when figuring out what clothes to get rid of. So what you do is take all of your clothes and turn the hangers around in the opposite direction. That way when you take something out to wear it and put it back in, you know what you’re wearing and what you’re not. After 6 months, donate or throw out what you haven’t worn (unless it is seasonal clothes of course).
I do this for summer and winter seasons and I have donated a lot of clothes by doing this. I have a very small closet with limited hanging space so I don’t want a bunch of useless clothes in there if I don’t need them.
Try on your clothes
This is probably the easiest and quickest way to determine if you want to keep something or donate it. It might not be the quickest that day but it is better than waiting months to toss something. I try my clothes on every few months and sometimes I get rid of stuff or I don’t. It depends on the season and what clothes I end up buying that year. Make sure the clothes you are keeping fit well, you’re comfortable in, and you feel overall good in it. If you are having trouble deciding on if you should keep something, feel free to message a friend and ask what they think of the item. But only ask someone who’s opinions and thoughts you really trust.
Ask yourself some questions while you are trying on your clothes
-Does this fit me properly?
-Do I feel comfortable in this?
-Does this fit in with my other clothes?
-Will I wear this more than once?
-Do I look good in this?
-Can this go with more than 1 other thing?
Stop buying more clothes
If you keep buying more clothes to add to your wardrobe, then your closet will never stay clean and organized. Once you have all of your clothes sorted out, then you can figure out what items you need to purchase to fill out your wardrobe. But be smart about purchasing new items. You don’t need to buy everything at once. Take your time and buy things of higher quality so that way the items end up lasting longer. Also focus on what colors and styles you tend to buy more than others so that way you don’t end up buying something you won’t wear in the future.
I really hope after reading my blog post, you feel motivated to go work on your own closet! Let me know what you think in the comments below!