Twice a year, religiously, every member of my family is politely asked (translation: forced!) to weed through their closet and drawers for items that they have not worn in the past 12 months, including shoes, belts and accessories. We do this at the end of the summer and the beginning of spring each year. Anything that doesn’t fit or we just don’t wear any longer is either boxed up and taken to a local charity or passed on to relatives with younger children.
*At this time we also pull out any items that need repairs, like mending or to have buttons replaced.
Sort Clothing by Color
If the owner of this closet wants a red t-shirt, for example, it’s just a matter of heading to that section of the closet. As a bonus, you always know what items you might want to wear later in the week will need laundering.Via College Fashion
Sort Clothing by Type
Dull wardrobe, but great organization!
Again, take your cues from your favorite department store. You wouldn’t see slacks, sweaters and blouses all hung on the same rack. That would make it difficult for the shopper to find what he or she was looking for. If you place all of your white blouses, for instance, in one section of the closet, you can head straight there and selecting your clothing for the day will take just seconds, no frustration necessary.
To make things even easier, sort clothing in sub-categories as well. Long sleeve shirts, short sleeve shirts and sleeveless tops can be placed side-by-side, but each in their own designated space on the rack. As well, for the ladies, give dress pants, capris and jeans each their own section of the closet.
Use Your Vertical Space
Don’t waste an inch, even those few inches at the top of a shelf can provide much needed storage space.
When storage space is at a premium, make use of every square inch by using the space at the top of your closet to house items that aren’t used frequently. If possible, keep a small step stool handy to make pulling down those items easier.
Find Storage Solutions that Work OvertimeThere are all sorts of clever storage pieces available at retailers like Target and Ikea that do double duty in the closet. You can find hanging shoe storage, over-the-door pieces that can house items large and small and a variety of boxes where items, like seasonal sweaters, can be stacked when not needed.
A scarf hanger from Ikea , $7.99, allows you to hang multiple scarves while using just inches of valuable space.
Another Ikea find, the Brallis Clothes Hanger is just $3.99 and will hold several pairs of pants.
Function might be the goal, but it never hurts to make your closet a little more attractive. Just for fun, add a few pretty or decorative storage solutions to your closets. My blogging friend Laura from Journey Chic created a practical and good looking solution for jewelry storage. Using an inexpensive bulletin board, a small remnant of fabric and some decorative nails, Laura made a hanging storage piece for her jewelry. It could be attached to the inside of a closet door, but it’s so pretty that she could display it on a wall to add a decorative touch to a room.
Pretty, yet practical, the Shoe Wheel from Rakku , $65, can hold up to 30 pairs of shoes.
In our often chaotic life, an organized closet is one way to help make life a little more relaxing. If you have children, teaching them the skills necessary to organize a closet can spill over into other areas of their life and show them that organization makes every day life easier.
Do you have a favorite tip for organizing your closets?
As always if you have a tip or advice you’d like to share about organization, entertaining, meal ideas, or any other shortcuts to save time & energy and would like to be a guest poster on ANKON, please shoot me an email! I would love to have you!