Welcome to a new series on ShorttNSweet.com called Declutter Your Life. I believe whether consciously or not, our surrounding aesthetic environments influence us for better or for worse. That’s why we are told to avoid sensory stimulating colors in our bedroom such as red, but instead lean towards soothing blues or blush shades. That’s why fast food restaurants use fluorescent lights and uncomfortable seating to encourage the whole idea of it being “fast” while restaurants promoting health will opt for bright clean spaces with a lot of white, green, and natural tones and elements.
Interior spaces tell a story and influence our response. When my room is disorganized and untidy, my whole life feels like it is a mess. I can not even sleep if there is clutter because my brain then feels cluttered. Declutter Your Life is about making sure whatever story you are trying to tell with your space, comes through clearly without any sort of unnecessary, untidy, or unorganized excess getting in the way.
Our first order of business is tackling probably one of my least favorite things to organize–the closet! I admit, I am a shopaholic, but only because I love to see and try out the new pieces coming in to stores and figuring out ways to pair them with pieces I own or even better, shop some more to find new, fun, and fresh pieces to try and work together! I find it so exciting and such a creative outlet to constantly be styling new outfits. However, that means over the years I have accumulated too many clothes that I just do not need. So, I have compiled my top tips for organizing your closet to make it as efficient and painless as possible, even for those who despise it like me!
- Give Away What You Don’t Use
The best first step you can take when embarking on the journey of organizing your closet is to first clean out anything you no longer wear. My rule is if I have not worn it in the past year, it’s time for it to go. You can customize the time frame for yourself whether it be the past 6 or even 3 months! An efficient way to track this is by flipping your hanger the other way so the end of the hook is facing you after wearing an item. At the end of the time period, the items on hangers that were not flipped GO! Also, while a tedious task, I will even try on every piece in my closet to make sure it still fits and if I even still like it! If the answer is no, I hand it down to a sibling, friend, or I donate it immediately.
2. Hang Items Strategically
One of my favorite ways to make sure my closet stays organized and functional is by hanging the clothes in my closet strategically. Of course, I will organize everything first according to category so tank tops, t-shirts, blouses, pants, skirts, jackets, etc. Then, in each category, I like to color code my pieces starting with light to dark. Personally, I find this to not only make my closet look more clean and organized (which is half the battle), but also makes it extremely functional and easy for me to find what I am looking for! In addition, even the simplest thing as having all matching hangers makes your closet look and feel way more put together.
3. Use Baskets
I love using baskets in my closet to keep all of my purses, scarves, sunglasses, etc in! I personally use these baskets from The Container Store (every organized persons dream), but they have so many different options that are also adorable! They not only look super cute, but they also add some more dimension to your closet while making it look more organized as well. It keeps my closet functional so I never have to scramble while looking for the perfect accessory to complete an outfit.
4. Maximize On Space
There are so many different ways to make sure you are maximizing on the space in your closet to ensure it is organized. I personally have shelves I placed on the floor to store all of my shoes. It’s maximizing on all of the extra space I have under my hanging clothes while still looking very clean. Also, a pro tip when storing your shoes is to stagger them to leave even more space to shop for more shoes! 😉 You can also use the doors and walls in your closet to store scarves, jewelry, or even purses!
5. Manage Bulky Items
Bulky pieces in our closets such as sweaters and winter coats can take up way too much unnecessary space and give our closet a cluttered and chaotic feel. When it comes to my big sweaters I fold them and place them in a drawer whether in my closet or a dresser. It not only ensure the fabrics do not stretch from being hung on a hanger, but also makes my closet much more open and organized. My winter coats I leave out of my room entirely and keep them in a separate coat closet.
I hope these tips inspire you to organize your closet and let whatever story you are trying to convey come through clearly. I also hope they give you a peace of mind knowing your closet is organized more functional!
//What are your tips for organizing your closet?// Let me know in the comments below!