Psst... This is Part 3 of our Closet Clean-Out series. So before you dive in, take a few minutes to read Part 1: How to Spring Clean Your Closet Sustainably, and Part 2: How To Responsibly Recycle the Clothes You Just Don’t Want Anymore.
We all know the benefits of an organized closet — even if we can’t seem to stay on top of keeping it that way. An organized closet helps you put outfits together easily, and helps you make sure you’re wearing pieces you haven’t worn in awhile.
Not to mention that contented sigh of relief you breathe every time you open your closet door. Ahhh.
The absolute first thing you need to do when organizing your closet is a simple two-step closet assessment.
Step 1: Assess your closet space.
How much can you actually fit in your closet without it feeling crowded? You want to be able to see what you own and find what you need. And you want to be able to pull it out of your closet with ease.
Step 2: Assess your storage and organization solutions.
What do you already own (hangers, baskets, bins, shelves, etc) that you love, that are working for you? What do you not love? What isn’t working? What storage solutions would you have in your dream closet? How can you get creative (and sustainable) with your organizational system?
Once you’ve assessed your space and storage solutions, take everything out of your closet and lay it on the bed. Then, follow these helpful tips for putting everything back together in a way that really works for you and your life.
Tip #1: Store away seasonal clothes.
When it’s summer, and you’re looking for the perfect outfit, you really don’t want to have to sort through all your winter clothes to find your favorite little summer dress. Getting out-of-season clothes out of your way is a huge time saver.
You can add calendar reminders for when to take out your season-specific clothes and put away clothes you won’t be wearing in the upcoming season. This will quickly become something you look forward to with each change in season. It’s like getting a brand new wardrobe every few months!
Where can you store clothes that are out of season? How about under your bed — in a storage container or vacuum bag? Or perhaps in another part of your closet, if you have a walk-in. Or maybe another closet or storage unit if you’ve got one. This can be anywhere that you can keep your clothes safe and dry, and out of your way, until you’re ready to wear them again.
Tip #2: Organize your clothes by category and sub-category.
Take your tops, for example. You can group them according to sleeve length: sleeveless, short-sleeve, mid-sleeve, and long-sleeve. You can also organize your clothing by color or by type (casual/formal, or work/home/going out). Choose whichever method makes sense for your lifestyle and will help you find what you’re looking for more quickly - eliminating unnecessary stress.
Be sure to keep like-items in the same area, and keep PJs, activewear, and swimwear separate from your other clothes. Then, anytime you need a specific type of clothing, you only have to look in one spot.
Tip #3: Use hangers and other storage solutions wisely.
- If your hangers don’t match, I recommend investing in some good quality hangers that are all the same. A streamlined look is the best look. And remember that great tip from Part 1 of this series? Hang all your clothes in the same direction (or if you’re using drawers, place them on one side of the drawer); then hang them in the opposite direction (or place them on another side of the drawer) once you’ve worn them. This makes it easy to tell at a glance which items you’ve worn most recently.
- Drawers and baskets can be great organization solutions — if you use them wisely. Don’t just toss your clothes into a basket and call it a day! Take a moment to roll your clothes into tubes and stack them vertically. This saves space and you’re able to see what you have easily.
- Use drawer dividers for your undergarments — and roll your socks and underwear, too.
- Use a shoe rack, hat rack, belt organizer, scarf organizers, or drawer dividers for your shoes and accessories. If you’re big on accessories, you really need a great plan for keeping them where you can find them quickly.
Tip #4: Know yourself and your closet space.
If you’re a planner and like to plan out your clothes for the week, you can dedicate a space in your closet that’s easily accessible and hang the planned-out outfits for easy reach.
If space is an issue for you, and you don’t want your closet to be overflowing with clothes, make rules for yourself to limit what you bring into your closet. For example, set a rule that every time you bring something in, you remove something you haven’t been wearing from your closet (and donate those pieces responsibly using our tips in this blog post). If you use our hanger-direction tip, you’ll easily be able to identify the clothes you haven’t worn in a while.
And that’s it - you now have an organized closet. Doesn’t that feel good?
Now you can sit back, relax, and enjoy all the benefits we mentioned to an organized closet.
P.S. — If you’ve used any of the tips mentioned above, DM us on Instagram and tell us about your closet organization success. We’d love to feature you and share your success with the rest of the community!