Hello and Happy Happy Friday!
I hope that you are enjoying this How To Series as much as I love talking and writing about it! Today’s topic of organization is your closet. Some people dread this area while others simply look forward to it.
Winter is right around the corner so this weekend could be the a great time for you to complete this project!
As I said in yesterday’s blog you need to be able to see what you have in the fridge and pantry so it doesn’t go to waste. This is so it doesn’t go bad. Well the same thing goes for your clothes. I like to to see everything in a clean and organized fashion. Pun intended.
There are so many ways to put together a closet and depending on the style and size of your closet will depend on how you catalogue it aka put it together.
I have put together many closets for clients over the years so I can tell you that I am an expert in this department. And when I tell you that I once spent three 12 plus hour days putting together two closets I am not kidding. Literally truck loads of clothes and accessories. So I think that all this experience qualifies me to be an Expert in this field right?
Let’s get to it. I want to be able to help you from the very beginning but if you don’t have the time then just pick up from where you would prefer to!
Here are my steps in creating the perfect closet…
First take everything out. I mean everything. Shoes, belts, hats. All of it. Lay it on your bed or sofas in an organized fashion.
Give it a good clean. I know this may sound annoying and a bigger project than expected but if you start with a clean and fresh smelling closet you will feel ten times more accomplished by the end of this.
Hangars. If you don’t have all of the same. Eventually invest. It looks and feels better. I prefer black hangars for a more sleek look but feel free to choose YOUR favorite.
Before you start putting together your closet go grab a few boxes or large trash bags and a garbage can. These will be for donating the items you no longer need and the garbage can so you don’t make a crazy mess. Hello…You know you have to stay organized while you organize. Honestly, if it is too much then just do it at the end. These are just my tips.
When you begin to put your pieces back into the closet you want to group all of your pieces together. I prefer them to start at tanks and work my way up to heavy jackets. I also like to color code them. I lay sweaters flat on a shelf because they are too bulky to hang and hangar marks are awful! By the way if you haven’t worn a piece in a year and/or it doesn’t fit this is the time to drop it in the donate box!
Other items I fold are yoga pants, shorts, bulky sweatshirts and t-shirts. Although if you have the space feel free to hang. Again this is just how I prefer styling a closet.
If you have capsule wardrobes this project just became a lot easier. A capsule wardrobe consists of a limited number of items in your wardrobe. They usually consist of denim, grey, beige, black and white. Neutrals that you can rotate the pieces within your little collection. This wardrobe isn’t for everyone but is becoming more popular by the day. This is wardrobe is great for someone who travels a lot or a minimalist.
As far as pants, skirts and athletic wear I like to hang in half on a hangar and put to the left before my tank top section starts.
Before that I have all of my scarves. I have quite a large collection of those so they take up about 6 hangars worth.
If you have lots of behind the door space or extra room you can always hang belts and scarves there. If you are using hangars you can usually fit 4-6 on each. Use less space.
Now on to shoes. Shoe trees are the best for flats. I also love clear shoe boxes again so I am able to see all the pairs that I have. If you have a great shelf space line up the heels color coded of course. If not, stack them up on the floor under hanging clothes.
Sneakers always on a shelf or somewhere you won’t mind germs. I’ve had mine in an empty laundry basket before. This space was designated just for that reason. See I used what I had again. By doing this it will allow you to be creative as well as spend a lot less money.
If money is no object or you need some personal tips for your closet then lets talk! I can help you create a list of must have pro organizing equipment from on a budget to no budget costs.
Always set aside a formal section apart from your every day wardrobe. I prefer to have them after my coats. formal gowns, suit jackets, pant suits etc. If it is something like fur or vintage; cedar blocks are great for keeping them fresh!
I know this is a lot to read so if you made it to the end congrats!
Wishing you a wonderful Friday and if you have any questions just leave them below in the comments…