Waking up is hard enough. Simplify your mornings by making your closet a happy place to be.
Here are some tips to create an organized closet. Use the tips that work for you and forget the ones that don't. The point is to make a space that serves you well.
- Have less stuff than you can fit in it. Leave room so that you can push the clothes back to look at them.
- Get rid of any clothes that are more than 10 lbs away from fitting correctly. Some people add to this suggestion: "unless you are currently dieting". But seriously...who isn't dieting by the time they are halfway through trying on all their clothes to see if they fit.... Clear out the clothes you can't wear and make room for things that will look fabulous on your current body size.
- Use matching hangers. They're cheap and it looks tidy. We actually use too types of hangers: pricier wooden hangers to hold the weight of my husbands jeans, and inexpensive white ones for everything else.
- Alternate types of clothing. It may seem to make sense to put short sleeve shirts beside long sleeve shirts, but that is a difficult difference to see when putting clothes away. It's much easier to see the sections if you put a different type of clothing in between the two. Here's an example of what I mean:
- Know thyself. I'd like to be the kind of person who, when running late and indecisively trying on half a dozen outfits, puts them all back nicely on their hangers. But I'm not that kind of person. There's a good chance you aren't either. I have a bin at the bottom of my closet to throw these items in. Next time I'm putting away laundry, I'll put the items in that bin away. Assess what habits cause your order to turn to disorder and come up with solutions you can actually live with.
- Hang a valet hook. It's a handy spot to plan an outfit. I got this one at the dollar store.
- Avoid putting things on the floor. If you must use the floor for storage, place things in a box or basket. A few loose items quickly turns into a mass of loose items.
- Arrange any folded items so that you can remove the item you need without disturbing the things you don't. Try rolling items, or laying them in a single layer in a basket or drawer organizer. When things are buried the items on top of them tend to get disrupted. Think single layers whenever possible.
- Use what you've got to store accessories. I've hung my scarves on a simple wooden hanger. A lot of fancy organizing devices solve a problem that was never actually a problem at all. There are a million and one ways to organize your stuff, and most of them don't cost much.
Don't forget that there will be a linky party on October 27th so that you can show off your own organized spaces!
[This is day 15 in a 31 day series called 31 days to an Organized Home. Thanks for Visiting!]