The first thing you will want to do before even attempting to organize your closet is to:
1. CLEAN YOUR ROOM
Your room will get very cluttered in the process of editing your closet, so you are going to want to have a clean space where you can operate freely.
2. REMOVE EVERYTHING FROM YOUR CLOSET
This is the main reason why you cleaned your room before hand. You will need to remove everything you can see in your closet. This is where the process begins!
3. TRY EVERYTHING ON & SEPARATE ITEMS INTO ORGANIZED PILES
A. All items that are ripped or stained beyond repair need to be thrown in a trash bag to be discarded at a later time.
B. If you try on something that you're no longer attached to place it in a second pile - this pile will be for clothes you no longer want and are willing to donate to a second hand shop like Goodwill or the Salvation Army.
D. If you have an article of clothing that you're not so in love with but think a friend could benefit from, place that in your fourth pile. You can have a clothing swap party, where you bring refreshments, have music, and you and your friends trade articles of clothing from your closets that you no longer want or wear. That way you can add new pieces of clothing to your closet without spending a dime, and you can enjoy the company of great friends, good music, and tasty food! You can't beat that.
F. The last pile is for those clothes that are clear winners. These are the clothes in your closet that you can't live without.
4. ORGANIZE & PRIORITIZE
A. Group all of your clothing by types: all dresses should be together, all blazers, all blouses, all pants etc.
B. Once all your clothes are grouped it's time to strategically figure out where your clothes will take stake in your closet. The items you wear most should be most visible (i.e. jeans or shirts). The items you don't wear as often (formal gowns etc.) should be placed further out of reach.
If you have dressers in your room (in addition to your closet) use the same method of editing mentioned in steps 1 - 4 (except for undergarments and socks, if you have undergarments or socks you don't want anymore just throw them away).
5. MAKE IT LAST FOREVER
To give your clothing longevity here are a few tips on how to store them in your closet.
- If you get things dry cleaned take the items out the bag immediately so that your garments are jeopardized by the chemicals used to get your garments in tip top shape
- Do not hang your heavy garments (such as sweaters) on hangers as it will stretch them out
- Have everything facing the same way
- Place your bulkiest clothing on the bottom of a folding pile so the piles won't teeter over
- Use cedar balls in between sweaters to prevent moths from having a feast on your garment (keep your folded articles of clothing clean because moths are drawn to body odor)
Put things in drawers that are better left unseen such as:
- Bathing Suits
- Tank Tops
- Plain Tees
- Workout Gear
After seeing Carrie Bradshaw's dream closet in Sex In The City I've fantasized about how I want my future closet to look. Unfortunately, I'm not there yet...so as I prepare to relocate to Georgia (where my husband resides)...I recently had to do some editing to my closet. Here is the finished product. No (wo)man has ever been in this uncharted area before. I am giving you exclusive access lol...don't judge me. I know I have a problem! :)
|Front view of 2/3 of my closet|
|Black, brown, silver pumps|
|Black and brown boots and colored shoes|
|Faux Fur, pants (trousers, slacks, jeans, leggings), and skirts|
|More blazers and shirts|
|All my winter coats, leather coats, and blazers|
I hope this post helps you when you are ready to edit your closet for the Fall. Good luck ladies (and gents).