Closets are often one of the most cluttered parts of the home because it’s so easy to close the door forget about it. But, having a tidy and organized closet can help save you time and money in the long run by making the most out of your space and wardrobe. Follow these 5 steps for a total refresh of your closet organization:
- Get rid of the unwanted. My biggest tip for a clutter free closet is to get rid of the stuff you don’t wear. If it doesn’t fit or you didn’t wear it this season, it’s time to donate or resell. I am someone who is really emotional about clothing so this is really hard, but your closet should be filled with things you love to wear, not a graveyard for clutter!
- Consider renting instead of buying. I typically hold onto items “just in case” I might need them for an event, but I’ve stopped buying special occasion items all together and have started renting them on Rent the Runway. You can rent designer formal dresses for as little as $20, which is often cheaper than what I would spend on something that I would wear once and hang onto for the next 5 years.
- Organization is key. I sort my hanging clothes by color because it’s easy to find what I am looking for. You could also sort by item type if that system works better for how you dress. I keep sweaters, pants, and jeans folded in stacks on the shelf in my closet. I purchased a bookcase so that I could organize and display my shoes and bags. If you don’t want this visible in your house, you could always get a small bookcase and place it inside your closet.
- Get the right organization tools. In addition to my shoe storage bookcase, I use big rubbermaid bins for the clothes I plan to sell. Whenever I see fabric storage bins on sale, I buy a bunch to organize hats, gloves, and scarves. When everything has a designated place, it’s so much easier to put it back where it belongs, instead of wherever you can find a spot.
- Keep on top of closet maintenance. Assess your wardrobe each season to decide what you need and what you need to get rid of. It’s much easier to pull a few things here and there and be smart about what you are replacing, than buying a bunch of new items to try to stuff in. Instead of thinking “I need an entire new fall wardrobe”, I assessed what I had, and realized all I really needed was a new pair of black pants and a few neutral sweaters this year. Looking through what you already have also helps remind you what you don’t need– especially impulse purchases like accessories!
Following and repeating these steps will have you on your way to a more-efficient closet and wardrobe system. It can also make you some cash or help you do some good by getting rid of things you simply aren’t going to use. Happy organizing!