How to Organize Your Closet
Now that spring has officially sprung, chances are some of you are either preparing to spring-clean your closet, or are getting your spring clothes out of storage, ready to be worn. Even if you haven’t been bitten by the spring-cleaning bug, we recommend taking a good, long look at your closet at least a couple of times per year, to clear out the items that aren’t earning their keep, and take stock of what you have, and what you need. A well-organized closet is one failsafe way to make sure you always have something to wear, so here are some quick, basic tips on how to organize your closet, and make the most of your clothes.
Invest in some decent hangers
Good quality hangers not only make your closet LOOK better (a ramshackle collection of differently shaped and coloured hangers will make even the best organized closet look messy), they’ll also help keep your clothes in the best possible condition, making sure they don’t lose their shape or get too wrinkled. Our top tip here is to buy all of your hangers from the same brand, if possible: you may think one wooden hanger is much the same as another, but subtle differences in size and shape will make your clothes hang at different heights, and look messy, so bulk-buy your hangers for an organized effect.
Group items by type…
So skirts hang beside other skirts, trousers with trousers, dresses with dresses, and so on.
… And then by colour…
Not only does it look neat and make it quicker and easier to find what you’re looking for, it also lets you see at a glance that you really don’t need ANOTHER black cardigan/striped top/whatever else it is you tend to hoard.
… and finally by length
Again, grouping items of a similar length together (within their ‘type’ and ‘colour’ groups) will crease a more pleasing visual effect, and will save you having to rummage to find things. Something like this…
… looks better, and will be much easier to use, than the ragged effect created when the items are all different lengths.
Put the most frequently-worn items at the front
No one has time to rummage for the clothes they wear every day, so store the most frequently-used items close to hand. If you’re short on space, consider storing rarely-worn (Occasion wear, swimwear etc) or out-of-season items out-with the closet, so that your useable space isn’t taken up with items you rarely wear, and is filled instead with your hardest-working items. If you are storing clothing in attics/basements etc, make sure you protect them by packing them away in air-tight containers or vacuum bags.
If you never want to find yourself saying “I have nothing to wear!” ever again, it’s important to make sure that every single item in your closet fits well, looks good and makes you feel your absolute best. Before taking any of the above steps, go through your closet and ruthlessly discard anything that doesn’t meet those three conditions, right down to that washed-out workout gear and the ancient sweater you wear when no one else is home. Get rid of them and replace them (if you need to) with items which DO fulfil the criteria, and you’ll always have something to wear.
What are your closet organisation tips?