Spring Cleaning: Organizing Your Closet
Have you ever frantically searched through your closet for your favorite workout wear before your scheduled spin class? Or tried to find the soccer uniform in your 8-year-old’s closet? We’ve all been there.
With Spring right around the corner and the Netflix series Tidying Up With Marie Kondo as popular as ever, now is the perfect time to tackle any—ahem—clutter in your closet. Just like a clean inbox, an organized space can help make you feel more productive, reduce stress and even “spark joy.”
Best of all, you don’t have to be a cleaning megastar to organize your closet. Here are some easy ways to get started.
Let it go.
The first step to having an organized closet may seem obvious, but it is surprisingly hard to execute. Paring down to what you really love and wear is the answer. A good rule of thumb is if you haven’t worn a garment in six months, it should go. Just remember, if your closet contains only items that make you feel great and work for your lifestyle, getting ready in the morning will be a breeze.
Match your closet to your life.
Take some time to select the clothes that make sense for your weekly routine—work, fitness and extracurricular activities. Also, choose items that fit and flatter your current body. Toss, donate or consign the rest. Keep a basket or tote bag accessible for storing donations. When the bag is full, drop off the donations so you can maintain your streamlined space.
Create usage zones.
For a Pinterest-worthy closet in no time, organize clothes by color, season or style. Keep everyday wardrobe staples visible for easy access. Store seasonal and occasional items, such as formal wear, purses or winter coats, in the back of your closet or on a high shelf when not in use.
Take advantage of built-in shelving and drawers.
Many Trendmaker homes offer ample built-in storage spaces in the closets. They’re perfect for housing shoes, boots and folded items like sweaters, so they can be easily accessed.
Vacuum seal bulky items.
Storage bags and a vacuum can compress bulky items taking up valuable storage space.
Create a stylish, streamlined look.
Use uniform hangers and arrange hanging items by type, style and color. Pick one kind of bin or basket for accessories to keep everything looking clean and consistent.
Make the most of the space that you have.
Whether you’re blessed with an ample walk-in closet or challenged by a smaller space, you can make your closet work for you. Take tips from bloggers on how to use every available inch you have.
- Place inserts in drawers to corral unruly socks and undergarments. Inserts can help you maximize drawer space, including the depth and height, which are often underutilized.
- Use wine racks or acrylic holders for clutches and totes.
- Flip-flops and sandals work well in a floor basket to grab on the go.
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