If you have followed my blog for awhile you would know that I believe that am a firm believer that clutter is a recipe for disaster. Having an unorganized space leads to an unorganized mind, which leads to an unorganized life. It may sound extreme, but it’s true. Most of us are okay at keeping our bedrooms tidy (just don’t look in the drawers!), but when it comes to the closet, all order usually goes out the window. How many times have you searched through your closet and found clothes that you forgot about? Or how many times have you looked through your closet and thought “I have nothing to wear,” even though the doors are bursting off the hinges because it’s so stuffed. If you have ever experienced a moment like that, it probably means it’s time to reevaluate how you’re organizing your space.
Get Color Conscious
Color coordination is probably the most game changing closet organization hack. Keeping your closet color coordinated reduces the time to spend searching for the perfect piece to compete and an outfit. If you’re looking for a black blouse to go with statement pants, you can quickly find the top best suited for the outfit by sorting through the part of your closet that has the black blouses. Without this hack, you may find that you forget what you have or find yourself searching forever for the article of clothing that you had in mind.
Long Live Length
This next tip has more to do with the aesthetic of your closet but it also helps with keeping order. Ever since I began working at Anthropologie I began to recognize the true beauty of organizing your closet by length. Having a long sleeve shirt next to a short leave shirt, that is next to a tank top, that is next to another long sleeve shirt, is an eyesore. Keeping lengths even is easier on the eye and helps you to quickly grab the clothing that you’re looking for. If you know you’re going to be in the office AC all day and you would rather opt for a long sleeve blouse, this tip will help you to reach all your long sleeve blouses faster instead of sorting through a mish-mosh of tanks and quarter zips. Extra points for sorting by both color AND length. You are #winning.
Sort By Season
If you live in a climate with season, this tip will save you a lot of space. Sorting by season has saved me a lot of space. Over the years I have accumulated a lot of clothes (working at Anthroplogie will do that!), and I find that I just don’t have the space to accommodate all of it. I have a lot of clothes that I am not yet ready to part with (first world problems, I know), yet I had having a jammed closet. I like being able to sort through it with ease, not having to rummage through everything. When I was a kid my mom taught me to move my seasonal clothing in storage bins and pack them away for the season. Because I wear a lot of knit sweaters and cardigans during the winter, these kinds of clothing takes up a ton of space in my closet. Putting my bulking clothes away has freed up space and allowed to move through my closet more comfortably.
Donate, Donate, Donate
If you want a more organized closet, you may have to make some sacrifices. Unfortunately those sacrifices may include parting ways with that old, nostalgic Macy’s top from high school. You gotta do, what you gotta. But seriously, donating clothes that you no longer wear is the best way to free up some space. Not only do you free up room, but you also give to someone who needs it more than you do. There are so many great organizations to donate to. Find a spot by searching for local charities and drop off boxes near you. You can even try to sell or donate to local consignment stores or thrift shops!
Bye, Bye Junk Chair
We all have that one chair in our room that is pretty much just there so we can throw our things on it when we’re feeling lazy. You know the one. Take some time out to find a place for everything on that chair and PUT IT AWAY. There is no need for a gateway chair. Once you clear the chair, make note of where everywhere goes (keep color coordination and length in mind) and make an effort to to put the clothes away as soon as they are ready to go back in the closet. This teeny tiny effort will save you a lot of time in the long run.
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