A few weeks ago, I shared my tips for how to store bags and purses so that they are easy to find, protected, and use minimal space. Today, I’m going to share how I do this with my clothes. My goal is not only to be able to find things, but also to take care of clothes so that they stay in great shape!
Step #1: Get your sweaters off of those hangers
Hanging sweaters and cardigans is terrible for the fabric, and it stretches out your shoulders. If you don’t have space in your dresser and you don’t have infinite shelf storage, I recommend grabbing a hanging sweater organizer. The foot of horizontal space you lose is nothing compared to the space bulky sweaters take up in your closet, and it makes it easy to see them all at once. I organize mine by color and weight, and use the very bottom slot for my sewing kit.
Step #2: Make room for what you love
Something no one tells you about finishing college and/or graduate school? You have to overhaul your closet. After I moved in with my boyfriend, I completed a Great Purge of clothing, getting rid of most of my show Bar-trotting tops, anything that wasn’t in peak condition, or anything that I just didn’t love. It makes for a much leaner wardrobe, but I can honestly say that I love and wear everything in my closet. Even if you’re skeptical about purging your closet, I highly recommend reading Ruth’s article about The 40 Hanger Closet and Becky’s list of tips for a Grown Up Closet.
Side note: yes, that is all of my in-season clothing. Everything is visible!
Step #3: Take it off the top
Below, you can see a picture of what the top of my closet looks like. This space should be manageable — nothing too high for you to get to easily, and no crazy stacks. My bag of bags lives there for easy access, as does a stack of sweatshirts and fleeces. The paper box stores my out-of-season clothing (shorts, sweaters, etc). I keep our mattress pad up there during the winter since we have a heated version to use during the cold months. I wrapped it with a ribbon so that it looks a tiny bit nicer!
Tip #4: Wearable wall art
This project started out when I wanted something inexpensive to dress up my dorm room wall in college. Now, I love seeing my scarf collection every day, and I definitely wear them more because of it. Added bonus? They’re protected from snags that result from baskets and splintery dresser drawers. If you’re not into scarves, you could hang any number of other things — jewelry, belts, or purses. Easy!
What tips do you have for organizing your wardrobe?