Clothes, we all have them and wear them, it’s one of the last things that hasn’t gone digital and hopefully won’t 😉
I’ve been re-organizing my closet on a consistent basis since high school. Always trying out new techniques to see if they will work. I’ve had a variety of different sizes of closets from large to small, most of them have been small. While I dream of having a large beautiful closet, I will admit a smaller one is much easier to manage because you are only allowed to keep so much.
Taking the time to organize your closet can take hours, especially if you do it Konmari Style. If you’re not sure what Konmari is it’s from Marie Kondo and her method of organizing. She recommends taking out every piece of clothing and putting them all in a pile, then picking up every single piece to see if it “sparks joy”. I did this method and loved it, I think it’s great to help you declutter your closet but it did take me a total of 4 hours. I ended up breaking it up into sessions because it felt like it was taking forever and we can have kids that are young.
Here are some tips to help you declutter and organize your closet:
- Keep only what you LOVE. If you take anything out of this post, this is it. Having only what you love makes managing your closet more enjoyable and you’ll love looking at it. Keeping only what you love can be hard. You’ll find yourself saying “I know I’ll wear this again” or “if I get rid of these shirts, I won’t have as many”. Create a maybe pile, it helps ease the pain because when you go through it again, you’ll get a better idea of what you really love.
- Use sturdy hangers. Felt or wood hangers work great. Whatever you use, keep it consistent so your closet doesn’t consist of some plastic hangers, wire hangers, and felt hangers.
- Color code. Keep the same colors together. Blues and light blues should be with each other. Arrange your closet so it looks like a rainbow. Another option is to organize your clothes from light to dark which is what Marie Kondo recommends. I tried this but prefer the rainbow method, it systematically looks better and is easier to find what I want.
- Arrange shoes side-by-side. This is the easiest and most effective way to organize your shoes. They do take up more space using this method but it’s easier to grab them and put them away quickly. It systematically works best. Staying organizing is about using methods that are simple and easy to use.
- Keep a donation box in your closet. Once you’ve done an overhaul of your closet, keep a box or bin whatever you prefer in your closet and label it donation. You’ll be able to put in pieces throughout the month or year, this will help prevent your closet from filling up with items you don’t love.
If you have the ability to invest in closet organization, do it. The Container Store has sales on their ELFA system at the beginning of the year and usually do another one through out the year. IKEA has some other great and affordable options. Using a built-in closet organization system will help you stay organized.
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