A clean closet is a great thing to wake up to each morning. Organized clothes make choosing outfits and finding specific articles of clothing much simpler. However, the process of getting organized can be difficult –individuals with too many clothes and not enough space can have a hard time figuring out how to organize their wardrobe. There are many easy tips and tricks to use when getting a bedroom and wardrobe organized.
Cleaning A Closet
Before the closet can be organized, it needs to be clean. Remove all clothes from the closet and clean it out. Remove any items of clutter that don’t belong in the closet and put them where they belong –store books, shoes and electronic items in places other than a clothes closet.
Vacuum and dust the closet to remove dirt and space for insects that can damage clothes. Replace old, worn-out or metal hangers with new plastic hangers that won’t damage clothes.
Get Rid Of Clothes
Dispose of clothes. A good rule of thumb for organizing clothes is to get rid of anything that hasn’t been worn in a year. Take unused or ill-fitting clothes to donation centers like Goodwill. Many donation centers offer receipts for tax deductions.
Separate clothes into seasonal groups, and store off-season clothes when they can’t be worn. This can reduce the amount of clothing stored in a closet throughout the year, and free up space. Store items like infrequently worn dresses, suits or dressy items in airtight bags so that they are accessible but out of the closet.
Getting rid of clothes and storing off-season items is a great way to free up space in the closet and leave it open for better organization.
Pick Clothes To Keep In the Closet
Not all clothes need to be hung up. T-shirts, jeans, shorts, and camisoles can be folded and stored in a dresser or on top of a closet shelf to keep them out of the way and organized. Blouses, easily wrinkled shirts, skirts, dresses, and slacks should all be hung up.
Here are a few ideas on how to choose the right closet organization system.
Simply hanging clothes in a closet does not make for a good organizational scheme, however. There are a number of simple organizing tricks that can be applied to any individual closet to make it organized and help keep it that way.
Organize Clothes By Style
Organizing clothes by type allows them to be kept neat and next to clothes of a similar style. This allows individuals to see what clothes they can cull from their collection, what styles are no longer flattering or what they may have in duplicates. Additionally, hanging clothes by type allows them to be seen and sorted into outfits more easily.
Hang clothes in a way that allows them to be easily accessible. Place frequently worn styles at the center of the closet and clothes worn less often at the sides. This makes clothes easy to find, and can help sort out what styles of clothes are worn less often.
Organize Clothes By Color
Organizing clothes by color is visually appealing and helps keep clothes in order. This is a useful organizational scheme for mixing and matching color schemes when planning outfits. Additionally, organizing clothes by color and type –for example, grouping blouses, skirts, and sweaters by the color –can help organize a closet more thoroughly.
Organize Clothes By Outfit
Organizing by outfit is more complicated than using style or color as a guide. However, for people with busy, on-the-go schedules, having a readymade outfit at hand can be a lifesaver.
Choose a basic starting point for each outfit, such as a skirt or pair of pants that can be worn to work. Hang it, and hang a group of shirts, sweaters or tops that can go with it. Repeat this process with several basic pieces so that there are a group of outfits ready to go at any moment.
This type of organizing scheme is a great way to sort out those items of clothing that don’t seem to match anything else. If they can’t be matched to one of the basic pieces, odds are these items won’t be worn and should be donated.
Organizing a clothes closet can take time and patience. Once clothes have been worn, they need to be returned to the organizational scheme of the closet to ensure that the closet stays neat and orderly. Having an organized closet is a great benefit to anyone, and the effort it takes to get organized is well worth the time.
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