10 Tips to Keep Your Clothes Organized
I crave clothes. They are really important to me. I don’t like them just because they keep me covered or make me look good. I love them because once I put them on they are part of me, part of my day, and part of where I am. Picking out the outfits I am going to wear, for wherever I am going, is one of my favorite things to do. After putting together the perfect outfit, along with accessories, shoes, and jewelry, it helps me feel confident for the day. Confident not because I look really “hot” or “sexy”, but because the outfit I have selected fits with my agenda and destinations for the day. My outfits are my artwork.
What other way to show your love and appreciation for your clothes than giving them a nice home? To best dress yourself, know your clothing and accessory inventory, and keep them visible and easy to get to. In other words, have a well organized, functional closet, and try to add creative storage around your room to help keep all your clothes visible and easily accessible. I am constantly reorganizing my closet by color, season, size, etc. I like to keep my closets pleasant to look at and functional. Here are some tips that can help you keep your closet looking good enough to be displays in a retail store!
Always clear out everything from the space you are reorganizing before you begin. I know it sounds like a pain, but take all your clothes and throw them on the ground. Do it! It gives you a clear, open vision to begin your reorganization.
Get all your clothes ready to go. For example, the clothes that will go on your shelves, like t-shirts, fold them in piles by color and size. For hanging clothes, leave those laying flat in a pile on your bed, desk, wherever it’s clean and flat.
Separate your clothes by occasion/use. I keep all my dresses in one area, jeans in another, and so on. Nothing is harder than searching through a drawer mixed with t-shirts, casual tops, and nice tops. If you don’t have the room to put them each in a separate area come up with a way to keep them apart from each other. That way when you are getting ready in the morning, you don’t have to dig frantically through a drawer hoping to pull out your purple and white striped tee, and then having to refold and put everything back in the drawer.
If you have the hanging space available, use it!!! I’m telling you, hanging things up is the best way to go. For one, everything is visible and easy to find and two, all your friends can see all your cute clothes, providing a fun back drop to help each other with wardrobe advice and tips. If you can afford it, buy all new hangars that are alike. This makes for a much neater closet and allows you to organize by length of items.
More color coordination & use of space
Use up every bit of space you have. Do not waste by hanging skirts in an open area that could fit long pants. Get creative and make your own hanging racks to use up the entire open space!
If possible, use hanging space and open shelves for all clothes that need to be hung or folded. There is nothing worse than looking for a t-shirt that is at the bottom of a drawer under your 8 favorite tees. Store items such as socks, bras, undies, bathing suits, and p.j.s in drawers.
Use open shelves
Keep your shoes organized by style. I like to separate my shoes by sandals, flats, heels, tennis shoes, slippers, and boots. If you do not have shelving space for shoes, buy a shoe rack that displays and keeps your shoes more organized. Never just throw your shoes on the floor! I promise you they will never stay in the right place and you will end up never wearing half your shoes because they are hidden under your ever-growing shoe pile!
Organize shoes by style
Get rid of clothes you do not wear! They are taking up much needed space for clothes you do wear. You can always give old clothes to friends, sell them on E-Bay, consign them, or give them to charity!
Its okay to steal organizational ideas from stores. An idea I used in my room was to hang towel racks on my closet doors to hang my scarves. They were too hard to find hidden in drawers, not to mention how wrinkled they were getting.
Clever way to hang scarves!
I hope after reading this you have learned some new and/or better ways to keep your closet organized! You may not always have the motivation to begin organizing your clothes, but once you begin and start seeing improvements you will feel so much better! “Have a place for everything and keep the thing somewhere else; this is not a piece of advice, it is merely a custom.” —Mark Twain.