The change of the season is great time to reorganize your closets. Here are a few tips to help you make quick work of the task.
Begin by evaluating each item in your closet (including shoes and accessories) and then ask yourself these questions:
– Have I worn it in the past year?
– Does it still fit or does it look worn?
– Does it still suit my fashion sense and life style?
– Do I feel good about the way I look when I wear this item?
Only keep what you love, need and wear and donate or consign the rest. If you decide to keep clothing that fits snug in the hopes that you will lose weight be sure to only keep the “best”. Store items in a storage container labeled with clothing size and the date in a different location. If you haven’t worn them by the next year let them go. Besides – wouldn’t you want to reward yourself with a new outfit after all the hard work to lose that weight?
If you are switching your summer/winter clothing to and from your seasonal storage be sure to ask yourself the same questions before storing anything for the coming year.
Sort the remaining items by style, i.e. dressy, casual, pants, dresses, skirts, blouses, long or short-sleeved, etc. Then take it one step further by grouping all items by color. Store lesser worn items toward the back of the closet and always face clothing on hangers in the same direction to assure a uniform look.
A great investment, when organizing your closet are matching hangers. I prefer slim line hangers which are sleek and will keep your garment from slipping while protecting its shape. Stronger wooden hangers are great for heavier items such as jackets, coats or suits.
A few items, such as sweaters are better stored folded on shelves or in drawers. Some homeowners prefer to use shelf dividers to keep rows of folded clothing neat and separated.
3. Organizing accessories
Some smaller items are best kept in baskets or bins up on shelves. Scarves and belts can be stored on specialty hanging organizers. Store shoes on shelves sorted by style and color. Avoid storing anything on the floors – your closet will look neater while making cleaning easier as well.
Did you ever put something on but ended up taking it off because you didn’t like the way it made you look or feel? Then you proceeded to return it back in the closet? Why do we do this? Do we really expect that the item will look or feel differently when we try it on again? From now on let’s donate the item – it’s actually a great idea to have a designated donation box in your home. Once it’s full take a trip your local charity to help someone in need while getting a tax deduction.
Feeling overwhelmed or pressed for time? Organize your closet in stages.
Google and Pinterest are great resources to give you inspiration when deciding how to organize and store items.
Take time to straighten things up from time to time to maintain your newly organized closet.
As always, feel free to leave your comments or questions below, I would love to hear your favorite organizing technique.