Anatomy of an organized closet [Infographic]
One of the most exciting parts of the seasons changing is the opportunity to update your wardrobe. However, many women struggle with having ample space to put their new staples since their closet is so full of stuff! Here are a few tips to keep your closet organized so you’ll have plenty of space for the next time you go shopping:
While nobody has time to clean their closet out too frequently, it’s easy to make the time to clean it out seasonally. Consider turning all of your clothes around so the hanger faces the opposite way. Whenever you wear a piece of clothing, hang it back up correctly. This method will allow you to see what items you wear and which ones you don’t. When the season ends, donate all of the things you didn’t wear!
Determine a system
Some people prefer to organize their closet by color, while others like to keep all of the T-shirts in one spot and the work blouses in another. Figure out what system works best for you and organize your closet around it. This will make it easy for you to find specific items when you’re in a rush.
Different odds and ends around your house can make it easy to organize your closet. For instance, cut an old pool noodle in half and use it to make your boots stand straight up so you don’t crease the leather. You can also use shelf dividers to help keep your folded garments in neat stacks.
Separate your laundry
If you’re lucky enough to have a large enough closet for your laundry hamper, consider getting two more. Instead of throwing all of your dirty clothes into one hamper that you have to dig through on laundry day, separate your dirty clothes into three separate baskets as you wear them. One for towels, socks and underwear, one for pants and shirts, and one for delicates and whites.
Don’t forget hooks
It can be difficult to determine where you should store items like handbags, scarves or belts. The solution to that problem is hooks! Fix hooks to the walls or inside of the closet door for these accessories. Just make sure the hooks are secured enough to hold the weight!
Use proper hangers
Toss those old wire hangers you got from the dry cleaners and the plastic ones you got free from stores. Invest in a set of flat, velvet hangers that lay flush together while keeping the shoulders of your favorite shirts in shape. Not only does this do wonders for your clothes, but it looks so much nicer.
Separate out-of-season items
You’re already cleaning your closet out seasonally, so while you’re at it, consider storing those out-of-season garments in a separate location. When fall rolls around, put your tank tops and sun dresses in a tote under your bed or the storage room in your basement to make room for all of your sweaters and jackets.