Closet organization isn’t always the most fun job. Here are some tips that might help make the task easier!
My closets have never been the kind you see in the pages of magazines. Well, I take that back – they ARE like the magazine BEFORE shots LOL. I don’t know how you clean your closet, but I usually end up doing mine two or three times a year. Of course, in some of the places where we’ve lived, my closet has done double and triple duty, so clothes weren’t always the first priority!
I wanted to share some tips in this post to help you organize your closets, if yours is one of the “BEFORE” shots too. It seems that, no matter how nice my closet looks when it’s organized, two days later – BAM – it looks like Tornado Alley again! And closet organization shouldn’t be something you dread!
I’ve also learned when your closet is organized, and your clothes are easy to find, you can save money. Sometimes when you search for clothes, and you think “I don’t have a thing to wear” (even when your closet is so packed you can’t find anything), you decide to go shopping and spend money on things you really don’t need. Getting your closet clean can eliminate that issue.
Check out these closet organization tips and see if any of them can help you get a handle on your closet chaos and turn it into the showpiece for closet organization!
15 QUICK AND EASY CLOSET ORGANIZATION TIPS
Make a plan for organizing before you jump in.
So I’ve made the mistake of jumping in with both feet and pulled everything out of the closet, without correctly planning and estimating the time it would take. It’s hard to go to bed when you have all your clothes spread out! So take a few minutes and make a plan. Decide if you want to work in sections or try to tackle it all. You’ll be glad you planned ahead instead of having piles of clothes to dodge for days!
Make sure your closet is well lit.
I don’t know how many times I’ve tried to find something in a poorly lit closet and ended up using a flashlight to find what I wanted! Use “stick up” lights or the LED lights that can be attached with tape to the wall of the closet to help light up the closet so you can find what you want to wear and help you get a handle on your closet organization.
Spruce your closet up.
Improve your closet as you go, so you’ll be more apt to keep it organized. Get rid of wire hangers and invest in some good, sturdy, plastic hangers. Install double rods to increase closet space. Use multi-tiered hangers for pants if you want. Add a nice closet organizer. Even put a fresh coat of paint on the walls. Do whatever it takes for you to be motivated to keep your closet organized.
Use hooks for more room.
You can add hooks to the back of your door – or even the walls of your closet, if you have room – to hang things up and create more room for hanging items. Even an over-the-door shoe organizer can help hold things like belts and scarves.
Get a clear picture of your closet.
Whether you’re organizing in stages, or you’re doing the whole closet at ones, clean out the space to be sure you can see clearly. That way, you’ll know just how much space you’re working with in the closet – AND – you can look at each piece of clothing closely before returning it to the closet. And that leads into the next suggestion …..
Make a decision about every item BEFORE you put it back.
When you remove the clothes from the closet, look at each piece carefully to make a decision. Sort the clothes into 3 piles: KEEP, THROW AWAY, GIVE AWAY. And these decisions lead directly into…..
Ask questions to decide what to keep.
Does the item fit? Do you like the item on you? Have you worn it in the last year? Does it fit well or is it comfortable? Does it need mending or tailoring? If you don’t like it – or it doesn’t fit – or you only bought it because it was on sale – or maybe you bought it for when you lose the last of the baby weight (which I’ve done, but my baby is now 15!) , the item might need to go into the donate pile. Or maybe it’s beyond repair and really should go in the throw away pile. Be brutal and keep only what you really love and really wear.
Let go of clothes that aren’t your size.
Okay – I think we may all be guilty of this (or maybe I’m the only one?). I hang on to items because I liked it when I could wear it. And it sits in my closet, taking up space, making me feel bad for not being THAT size, instead of being content at my size. Get rid of it and bless someone else who may need it! Besides, clothing that fits PROPERLY is much more flattering on you – and finding nice clothes for a fraction of the cost is easy when you visit thrift stores!
Learn how often you wear an item.
When you wear something and hang it back in your closet, turn the hanger the opposite way of “normal.” That way you can see what you actually wear. If you don’t move a hanger, and wear the item, in 2 or 3 months, then make plans to donate the item.
Give new life to sentimental clothes.
Do you have things in your closet that are just there for the memories? Decide if they are worth the space the take up. If they aren’t, then take pictures of them and save to an SD card so you can have the memory forever, but you can free up the space. If you want to keep them, you can make a shadow box picture. Or make a pillow. Or make a quilt by putting the item in the quilt, or making a patchwork quilt with pieces of the clothes. Use your imagination and I bet you can come up with more ideas than this!
Organize your closet by type of item.
Put all the skirts together, then pants, then shirts, etc. You can even go so far as to hang like colors together. I will freely admit I am NOT always that organized! Mostly I just try to keep like items together to make it easier to see what’s in my closet and choose outfits that match together. And, as stated above, as you begin to put items into the closet only put the items in you REALLY LIKE. If you only kinda like it or you only keep it “because it was a great deal,” it’s really not worth keeping if it’s just taking up space.
Fix any problems with clothes before you hang them up.
If you have clothing items you want to keep but they need repair – a button, a loose hem, a small rip – fix them before you put them back. I don’t know how many times I’ve put something away, thinking “Oh, I’ll fix it next time,” only to pull it out to wear and then find the same problem, because I forgot! So now I just eliminate that problem and fix it, or put it aside to fix!
Find creative storage solutions for unusual items.
Use empty shoe boxes to roll and store scarves. Put an old silverware storage container to use for jewelry, belts, or other odd items. Use an old necktie to store earrings. Use milk crates on the floor to stack your shoes. Or you can even use a wine bottle storage rage to slide sandals or flip flips in for storing. If you look around, and think outside the box you’ll be surprised at the ideas that will pop into your head to use as unconventional storage.
Make a spot where you can lay out clothes for the next day.
If you have room, make a spot where you can lay out your clothes for the next day, making it easier to get dressed in the morning. You can put anything you need there, even items you need to remember to take with you the next day.
Enjoy the fruits of your labor.
Your closet will look so fantastic that you can enjoy being able to find your clothes easily, enjoy every piece you pull from your closet and know that everything in the closet will fit and be in good repair. How awesome is that? See? Closet organization isn’t so bad after all!
There ya have it – 15 tips to help you organize your closet and make life easier by having your clothes situated in a way you can find them without digging through piles of clothes you never wear. Check out some of my other tips that I’ve shared about working in the kitchen and using baking soda to save money.
Have you ever done any closet organization with any of these tips? Or are you motivated to try? Let me know in the comments below how it turns out!
Until next time