Last week I started a conversation with you about your closet. I compared the closet to a container. When a container is full, you can’t put anything more in it. Likewise in a closet, when it is full, it becomes difficult to put clothes away neatly.
I promised to give you tips on how to organize your closet after spending some time culling your collection of clothes. So, here they are!
- Group like with like. Put all your slacks/pants together. Put all your blouses/shirts, skirts, dresses and jackets together too.
- Once you have them grouped together separate the colors within each group.
- Take the time to separate the dressy clothes from the everyday clothes
You will be amazed by how easy it is to spot the clothes you are looking for when your clothes are group by type and by color.
Are you wondering what to do with your shoes?
Depending on the space in your closet you can get a shoe rack and put the shoes you wear most often in the shoe rack.
For the shoes you wear only occasionally, consider storing them in an under the bed shoe storage drawer or in clear plastic boxes on a high shelf in your closet.
Another option is to get an over the door shoe rack.
Here are a few more tips courtesy of my friend and colleague, Geralin Thomas from Metropolitan Organizing. I love these tips because they are so easy to remember!
Geralin says look for anything that needs Mending. Ask yourself a few questions: Are you going to take the time to fix this yourself or get it fixed? If so, schedule it in your calendar. If not, remove it from your closet.
Next, look for anything that needs to be Ironed. Will you actually iron it? Will you get someone to iron it for you? If you answered ‘yes’ then schedule the ironing. If the answer was ‘no’ remove the item from your closet and try to buy wrinkle free clothes!
Finally, is there anything hanging in your closet that needs an Alteration? Is it too long, too short? Does the waist need to be let out or taken in? Is it worth fixing? If the answer is ‘yes’ then schedule a trip to the tailor. If the answer is ‘no’ remove the clothes from your closet.
I hope these tips help you keep your closet in good order. Remember, your closet can only hold so many clothes. When you plan to go shopping also plan what you will be removing from your closet to make room for the new clothes!