SOS - Reorganize Your Closet
Reorganize your closet.
Nothing is more frustrating than waking up late for work and having nothing to wear because you can’t find what you’re looking for, or it’s dirty or wrinkled or it’s at the dry cleaner or it doesn’t match, or fit, or ... you get the picture.
Find the time to organize your closet. It will provide you with instant gratification. It will give you more control over your life. You’ll feel better. You may even get to work a few minutes early.
Here are some tips to get started:
Clear it out - separate the clothing and shoes you wear and those you need to get rid of. Remember the golden rule of closet organizing: if you haven’t worn it for a year, get rid of it. Also, if it doesn’t fit, get rid of it. Instead of hanging on to your skinny jeans until you lose a few pounds, donate them. When you do reach your goal weight, treat yourself to a new pair of jeans.
If you can’t decide, put a piece of colored tape on the hanger. As you wear each item, remove the tape. At the end of the season if it still has the tape, donate it. If you paid a lot for it, think about bringing it to a local consignment shop.
Use every inch of available space in your closet. Assess the layout of your closet and the space you have. Use the back of doors, floor space, and interior walls as you shop for boxes, bins and necessary space savers. Before you shop, make sure you have the correct measurements. Hang shoe racks on the back of your closet door, use hangers with multiple hooks for scarves and belts. Be sure to group longer hanging clothes on one end and shorter hanging clothes on the other end of the rod. This increases the floor space below the short garments and you can then place a small dress or shoe rack to maximize that floor space.
Get the right hangers for your clothing. Get padded hangers for items made with delicate fabrics, plastic hangers for button-down shirts and sturdy wood hangers for suit jackets as they help retain the shape of the items. Get rid of the wire hangers and the plastic dry cleaning bags. They don’t allow fabric to breathe and they keep all the dry cleaning chemicals in your clothes.
Sort by type of clothing. Hang clothes by item type and then by color. For example, group together all tanks tops, short-sleeve shirts, long-sleeve shirts, pants, skirts and so on. It's also best to hang by length. Fold sweaters, jeans, and delicates.
Invest in some shoe racks. Find a shoe rack that best fits your space, quantity of shoes, and is easiest to access. If you store your shoes in their boxes, tape a picture of the enclosed shoes on the outside of the box so you can easily scan your shoe choices without opening boxes and making a mess. Organize your shoes by occasion or color.
Repeat each season. Aim for repeating the clearing process at the end of every season, And, think seriously every time you go to buy something new-do you really like it? Does it fit properly? Will you wear it regularly? Thinking more carefully about your clothing purchases will make it easier to keep your closet organized as time goes by.