Organizing your closet can make the difference between the joy of getting dressed in the morning versus wanting to crawl back under the covers! Remember, quality versus quantity when it comes making the most of your wardrobe.
Wear the clothes, don’t let them wear you. If you’re tugging and pulling at your clothing all day long, that’s a good indicator that the clothes are wearing you! Consult with a professional stylist, or buy Bridgette Rae’s Style RX
to dress the body you have!
Here are the Six Steps to effectively organizing your closet. These six steps will simplify the process of making the most of your closet space by deciding what stays, what goes and where it all should live.
1. Clear your bed or floor space
2. Begin by Grouping like pieces together (removing them from the closet), for example shirts, pants, suits, dresses, etc.
3. Then go through each pile and separate the clothing into one of the following categories:
a. Keep—these items will return to the closet
b. Donate—give these pieces to a charity. Make sure they’re still wearable (no stains or missing buttons)
c. Consign—This pile will go to a consignment store. Check the local store’s guidelines for consigning.
d. Give away—These items go to friends or family members
4. Next, zone your closet (which should be empty at this step)—choose specific areas for each category of clothing/shoes/purses. By placing like items together, you gain a clear perspective on what you actually own.
5. Load clothing into established zones in the closet
6. Color separate—this gives you a good perspective on how many black t-shirts you actually own and whether or not you really need to keep all of them.
To maximize closet space, consider a rod extender
to double your vertical closet space in some areas where you can hang shirts up top and skirts or pants on folded hangers below. Add hanging closet organizers
to expand and utilize vertical space. Hanging shoe organizers
are a great way to keep shoes from getting kicked to the back of the closet too. They can also be used to hold handbags or rolled up t-shirts if you’re short on drawer space. Try clear shoe containers
, which accomplish two tasks: containing and not having to label because you can see through the container. Be consistent with the hangers and avoid wire hangers whenever possible.
for tips on purging. Also, look for my book, The Organized Mom
, due out 2009 that contains detailed information on organizing your closet. In the mean time, if you’d like to hear more about organizing your wardrobe and closet, let me know!For more ideas and information, see The Organizing Mama