Nearly 2 years after purchasing my house, I finally decided to organize my closet! Why didn't I do this a year ago? Literally, the best decision I ever made because I can go into my closet and know exactly where everything is. It was not an easy process, but I am so happy with the results.
Want to know my secret to organizing a closet? Keep Reading!
The Secret Guide to Organizing Your Closet
SHOP MY CLOSET
Purchase Closet Organizers Items
When organizing your closet it is essential to make sure that you have all the right supplies to do so. When organizing my closet I made a nice little trip to Target and HomeGoods. Both of these stores have ample supplies to get you started with closet organization. When it comes to organizing your closet, it does not happen on a whim. It takes momentum to build up having the energy to manage your closet. Personally, it took me nearly a whole two weeks because I was waiting for the shoe racks to arrive via mail.
The essential items that I need for my closet include (but are not limited to):
Hangers (preferably velvet fabric hangers because they are better for clothes)
Declutter Your Clothes, Shoes, and Accessories
Before jumping into organizing your closet, it is vital that you cut ties with the clothes, shoes, and accessories that you are no longer interested in. Personally, I declutter my closet after every season. Therefore, when organizing my closet I did not have to get rid of anything because I do it frequently. Normally, I separate my clothes into multiple pills: donate, sell, or trash. It can be hard to get rid of clothes. Trust me, I understand! But, when getting rid of clothes, you have to ask yourself "How often do I wear this?", "Is it the same outfit that I promised I would fit in 2 years ago and still haven't", or "Does this outfit hold some type of important memory?".
Empty and Organize Your Closet
Now that you have gone through the hardest step of deep cleaning your closet, it is time for the fun part... organizing your clothes! When it came to organizing my clothes, shoes, and accessories, I did it in a way that made sense to me and so should you. I've recently been wearing dresses over everything so when hanging my clothes up I decided to start from there. I grouped my liked items together and proceeded to do that with the rest of my clothes. The order is as followed: long maxi dresses, midi + mini dresses, and organized by color. From there I went to maxi + midi + mini skirts. Preceded by my decorative shorts, then no sleeve, short sleeve, and long sleeve shirts. From there, I went to work pants, denim jeans, and then two of my most frequently used jackets in the far back.
When organizing your closet it is important that you make the most use of the prime real estate. However, it is also important that you don't over-clutter your closet because it takes away from the whole aesthetic of a clean and organized space. So, when hanging up my clothes I made sure the hangers had proper spacing in between. Therefore, the hangers would not look cluttered and grouped together.
To me, dividers are an important part of organizing a closet, especially a small one like mine. They help give each area their own space such as shoes or purses. Fabric storage bins are also essential with shelving. I use fabric bins to tuck away items that are the least used in my closets (ie: hats, scarves, and other items). The use of these fabric bins allows them to be properly put away without having my closet look disorganized. This provides more room for other items.
Maintain Your Organized Closet
I understand that it can be hard maintaining a closet. However, maintaining a clean closet will help prevent re-organizing your closet in the future. A good way to keep your closet organized is to put items back immediately in their proper place. My motto is "if you see it, place it". A helpful tip! When you are washing and putting up your clothes, hang your clothes on the hangers and then put them in the proper location within the closet.