Last week, I bared it all, showing my unorganized closet in all its glory. I decided to ask for help and enlisted the help of Peggy Barnes, a fellow blogger and professional in the organization business, who was happy to step up and offer advice on organizing a closet. Clearing out clutter takes a plan that involves time, effort and decisions.
In Part One of clearing out closet clutter, we covered the basics, which included taking everything out and deciding what to do with each piece. Now in Part Two, we will address moving back into the closet. Once again, Peggy has come to the rescue and offered some great tips on move-in day. Just remember, if one option doesn’t work, try another. I’ve had many failed attempts at organizing workout clothes and much to my surprise the one I thought was least likely to work actually stuck. Some solutions are only found through trial and error. And as Peggy says one size does not fit all!
Paralysis by Analysis
Don’t overthink this process. Stick to the basics and get going, otherwise, you run the risk of not getting it done or even getting started.
- Keep the closet for clothes, shoes, belts and jewelry.
- Categorize by item(s) and color(s). Tip: I separate fall/winter spring/summer clothes as I have space but if you don’t have space, it’s okay to mix the seasons. Don’t overthink it.
- Once you’ve organized by item and color, organize sleeveless, short sleeve and long sleeve.
Start out knowing what belongs in your closet and what is going to get the boot! Bahaha don’t you love my play on words.
- I like to keep a box handy with “find a new home” written on it. I just toss what’s not staying in the closet, in the box. As someone who gets sidetracked easily, this helps me stay on task and save the secondary task for another day.
- Store shoes heel to toe as it takes up less space. Genius!
- Special occasion clothing should be stored away from everyday clothes or in a separate closet (if you have space).
- Use clear buckets and bins for storage. If they aren’t clear you run the risk of it being a bottomless pit!
- Use hanging sweater organizers for sweaters, workout clothes, rolled jeans or purses. In my case, I have to hang them up!
- Hang up workout clothes. This works best for me because all my black stuff gets mixed up and it’s difficult for me to find my favorite blackout workout wear if it’s in a dresser.
- Fold workout clothes and put them in a hanging sweater organizer and separate by color.
- Keep workout clothes in the dresser. They usually don’t wrinkle.
Get Husband or Friend on Board to Help!
Figure out the best storage systems for your closet size and follow through in getting it set up. In that case, I need to get my husband on board. Uh… that’s a different article, LOL! But back to ideas and storage systems, check out Peggy’s Pinterest boards here and here. Lots of great ideas that might just suit you. They are on my Pinterest boards too:) Now I just need to know what my husband will do for me?
The Final Step
Take the clothes to donate or consignment or give to a friend. If it’s designer clothing, check out Material World. I’ve used them for years. They mail you a bag to send your gently worn clothes with a pre-paid label, e-mail you an offer and pay you up front. It’s so easy and it’s a great place to shop for second-hand designer clothing.
Pitfall: Be aware of what you bring into the closet once it’s cleared. If you buy three new shirts, get rid of three shirts.
Focus on the move in this week and then enjoy the peace you will experience after a closet clean-out! I would love to see some before and after photos! And be sure to follow Peggy. She is truly a rockstar at organizing it all!
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