Organizing Closets

by Brooke Tolman
(last updated April 12, 2017)

It's easy, when you're tired from a long day, to just throw what you're wearing into your closet and not hang or fold it up. You figure you can just do it in the morning, no big deal. Usually it never gets done, and your closet ends up being a mess, with shoes and clothes all over the place. Follow these easy steps to help clean up that mess and make your closet organized again.

  1. First thing you have to do is to commit to do it. Pick out an afternoon or a night and block out a few hours to just get it done. If you don't, you'll get halfway through organizing your closet, go do something else, and then it'll end up looking worse than when you started.
  2. So the day of organization is finally here, what do you do now? Start first by going through all your clothes, shoes, and accessories and putting them into piles. Sort them according to if you for sure know you want to keep it (it's something you wear on a regular basis), things you maybe keep (you haven't worn it in awhile but you still sort of like it), and things it's definitely time to get rid of ( you haven't worn it in at least 6 months, and odds are you won't wear it for another 6 months).
  3. Now that you've pulled everything from your closet, you're ready to start fresh. Decide how you want to organize your closet now. Do you want to organize by color, seasonal, or occasion? After you've decided that, start hanging things up and putting them back in your closet according to the order you wish. Make sure to hang pants on pant hangers, and skirts with skirt hangers, this helps to keep those specific clothes from wrinkling or being stretched out.
  4. After getting everything hung out and put in order, make a commitment to yourself to hang up your clothes and put them where to go, you'll be grateful a few months from now when you have a free afternoon and you don't have to spend it reorganizing your closet.

Keep in mind that if you have a lot of shoes, it might be helpful to keep them in their shoe boxes so you can stack them to create more room and save space. If the shoe box doesn't clearly identify which shoe is inside, go ahead and label the outside, so you know which one you're getting out. Things such as sweaters are better to be folded up and stacked instead of hung. Hanging sweaters over time can ruin the shape of it, so save your hangers for clothes that won't be ruined by it. Don't waste space by hanging up things like t-shirts, sweats, or jeans. They don't need to be hung up, and they are better placed in your drawers. Don't keep things such as snow gear, raingear, or any other outdoor gear in your closet, move those to your front closet that lowers the chance of getting snow, mud or rain on your other clothes when you come back from some adventure.

Author Bio

Brooke Tolman

Brooke is a graduate of Brigham Young University with a Bachelors of Science degree in Exercise Science. She currently resides in Seattle where she works as a freelance data analyst and personal trainer. She hopes to spend her life camping and traveling the world. ...

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