As the weather pushes towards fall and winter, it’s the perfect time to PURGE and ORGANIZE!! So as you tuck your shorts and flip flops away in preparation for the colder months, take the time to sort through both your outgoing (Spring) and incoming (Fall) wardrobe. Not only will you have less to store, but making the switch in the spring will be easier too!
Some of these tips are staples and have been written here before, but they are definitely worth re-stating!
For your wardrobe:
1. Pull everything out from your closet. This sounds extreme and yes, it will create a mess, but it’s easier to work with an empty space.
2. Show your closet some love and wipe down the shelves with Windex or even a wet rag. Putting your fall clothes into a clean closet is a wonderful thing!
3. Go through and be BRUTALLY honest about everything in your closet. Try things on if necessary and use this criteria: Does it fit? Do you feel good in it? Is it in good condition? Can you make at least 3 outfits with it? If you answered yes to these questions, put it in your Keep pile. If you love it but it has a hole or missing button, put it in your Repair pile. Things that are damaged or stained, put in the Trash pile and anything in reasonably good shape that you are eliminating, put in the Donate or Consign pile. Remember to check the soles and heels of your shoes as well. You can get shoes or boots re-heeled or re-soled at most cobblers.
4. Now that you have your wardrobe whittled down, observe your closet and figure out the arrangement that best works for you. Decide which items you want to remain folded and how much space is needed for those items. Having an idea of how much hanging and shelf space you need will allow you to purchase (or re-purpose!) the proper organizing tools such as an unused bookcase or bureau taking up space in your bedroom.
5. Invest in matching hangers. It sounds silly, but you’ll feel like you’re walking into your own personal boutique. Plus, you’ll always know where your missing garments go when you’re putting away your laundry!!
6. Return your Keep items to your closet in an organized fashion. Arrange tops and pants by sleeve/pant length then color, boots and shoes by type (booties vs. mid-calf) then color. To save space, arrange your footwear heel to toe. If you use bins or containers to store out-of-season goodies, make sure to LABEL what’s in each so if you need an item you can find it easily. There are a variety of ways to label but I’m partial to a good ole label maker!
To make the most of your space, read on:
FOR YOUR CLOSET:
Here’s one of my all-time favorite tips. Are you ready? THINK VERTICAL! A lot of closets have a ton of wasted space. Even if you can’t invest in a custom closet, there are great options to maximize even a rented closet space. If you only have one rod in your closet, find a rod with brackets that loop over your existing rod and hangs below, creating an instant double hang section.
If you need more shelf space, there are many options for shoe shelves or shelving units that you can slide into the empty space below your hanging clothes. Or, use a dresser to keep your undergarments in with the rest of your clothes. You can also use hanging canvas shelves for sweaters, T-Shirts or jeans. For shoes, clear shoeboxes can be stacked either below or above your hanging. Tape a picture of each pair to the front of the shoebox so you can find the right kicks instantly.
7. Look for wasted space. You would be shocked at how much useable space there is in a room. Use over-the-door hanging racks for your shoes, jewelry (I like the ones with clear pockets), scarves or even undergarments if you don’t have drawers. Hang a framed piece of chicken wire on your wall and let your jewelry decorate your room as well as your neck. This is all space you can put to use.
If this project seems intimidating (and don’t feel bad if it does, it can be overwhelming!), start with one part. Cut out 15 minutes of your day and focus on paring down one part of your closet. When you get through everything, then focus on switching out your wardrobe.
To really maximize your space, call Closet Factory for a free consultation and let one of our designers make the most of your closet! Call (303) 690-6901 or visit us online at http://www.closetfactory.com.