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Today, I would love to share some tips on how to turn an unorganized, stressful, crazy clothes closet into an organized, relaxing closet to get ready in, in the morning. Our clothes closet is something that I’ve always been super OCD and paranoid about. It’s funny that I’m so particular about the closet organization because I’m not up to date with fashion. I don’t care that much about what I am wearing most days.
I don’t care too much if my clothes are from this year or ten years ago. In fact, I have some martial arts tournament shirts that are well over ten years old. What can I say? They’re the most comfortable things I own. The vintage feel of t-shirts comes back in style every so often, so at least I’m good then, right? 😉 Style is something that I know I’m not a pro at and I’m first to admit that. However, I still have to have a well put together closet and I’m so excited to share my tips on how we keep our walk in closet nice and organized.
We have a beautiful walk-in closet in our master bedroom. My husband and I both share this walk in closet and we even have a little area for our daughter’s clothes. Her room is on the second floor and it has just been easier to keep her clothes that are her current size, down in our room so we have them at easy access to where we are most of the day.
Tips to Organize Your Clothes Closet
Find and use a built in organizer to organize clothes.
Honestly, the built in closet organizer and size of the walk in closet was one of the things that sold me on our house. We knew after walking through our house the first time, that this was the one we wanted to buy. Living at our last house, my husband used the closet in our bedroom. My clothes were next door, in the spare bedroom closet. We were exploding at the seams and this was a way to fix our small living space. I LOVE this built-in organizer and was super happy that we wouldn’t have to go looking for one.
When we were on the house hunt, I was finding that a lot of closets had these built-ins, I was so excited. This has made organizing our closet a lot easier. Everything is easily accessible and you can see where everything is. We are able to keep all of our clothing, for all of Maryland’s crazy seasons right here. You never know what kind of weather you’re going to get here. So, it’s nice to have your long pants, shorts and dresses all in one area- as you could be wearing each of those outfits in the same week- here in LOVELY Maryland.
Use storage cubes.
It kills me that our storage cubes aren’t all matching, but, I’m trying to let that go. That’s part of my OCD kicking in. I just have to remind myself that they are serving a purpose other than looking pretty. We use the storage cubes in the organizer to keep things together that don’t sit well by themselves on the shelves. Or to keep certain things hidden from the public eye, like underwear. This helps all the shelves be used to full capacity. Plus, it makes things look more organized and sleek.
Designate sides of the closet as His and Hers.
This seemed like a simple thing to me, but, I was surprised to find out how many people just mix and match clothes closet space. If we did that, I would lose half of my clothes. The hubs doesn’t care as much about the organizational process as I do. I often have to reorganize his side, mainly for my visual pleasure, but, sometimes so he can get to the clothes he has moved all over the place and can’t seem to find when he needs them. If my stuff was thrown into his mixed up mess, I’d never be able to find what I was looking for.
Organize clothing by color.
I’ve done this for as long as I can remember. First off, it is very visually appealing to the eye, when you walk into a closet and all the hanging clothes are sorted by colors. This makes finding that red shirt that I want to wear with these leggings so much easier and quicker. It takes an extra minute or so when you’re putting laundry away to make sure that it goes in the right spot, but, it saves you more time in the long run when you’re rushing to find a specific top to wear on another day.
Organize clothing by season.
Like I said, I’ve always sorted by color, plus, I have always sorted by season. I tend to keep all of the clothing in visible areas. As I said before, you never know what you’ll need with our State’s crazy weather. So, when you see my area of the closet for tops, you’ll see it sorted by color first. Then, each color is sorted by sleeve length- tank top to long sleeves. This makes finding that specific short-sleeved red top that you were looking for earlier– even EASIER to find now!
Keep hangers out when folding laundry.
Starting out prepared makes it a lot easier to keep organized. When I grab my load of laundry from the dryer, I grab some hangers and plop on the couch, so I can separate clothing as I go. My pile, his pile, undergarments, work clothes, and then tops or clothing that needs to be hung up. I keep my hangers at an arm’s distance and place each of them on their hangers, ready to go. This makes hanging them up and sorting them faster and easier. I always keep the used/extra hangers at the beginning of each closet area so they’re easy to find and I don’t have to sort through the clothes already hanging up.
BONUS TIP: To help go through your clothing throughout the year, flip each hanger backward at the beginning of the year. As you wear the item, you may return the hanger to its normal position. Any hangers still flipped backward at the end of the season, or end of the year are clothes you haven’t worn that season or year. You should go through these specific items and decide if it’s time to donate or sell them. This will help you keep track of clothing you think you are wearing but are not.
I hope these tips help you get that closet under control. I know having an organized, put together closet makes getting ready faster and easier in the morning. I need all the help I can get in the morning, especially during the week when I’m trying to get ready for work and get my 6 month old ready to head out the door to Gigi’s house. We’d love to hear the tips and tricks you use to help keep that closet visually appealing and easy to work with.
Thanks again for reading this post and I’d love for you to share how you keep your closets and clothes nice and organized! Leave a comment below to share your tips and tricks with us!