“For every minute you spent organizing, an hour is earned,” says Benjamin Franklin. That’s absolutely true. If you learn how to clean up and organize your closet, you’ll save your time spent on rummaging for clothes for a longer sleep instead.
Having said that, here are closet clean-up hacks to help you achieve a more organized wardrobe:
- Determine what’s in and what’s out.
Ask yourself this, “Do I still wear all the clothes inside my closet?” If your answer is “no”, then, you have to re-evaluate your closet and remove the items you don’t wear anymore. This simple move will free a huge space in your closet to give way to more frequently used clothing items.
Donate the clothes to a charity, sell them through a garage sale, or store them elsewhere. Determine what needs to be removed from your closet to eliminate the “I-have-nothing-to-wear” feeling you get every time you look into your pile of clothes inside your fully-packed wardrobe.
- Maximize all available closet space.
Utilize every available space inside your closet. But, maximizing all available closet space entails eliminating clothes that don’t fit anymore, removing clutter, using the closet doors, utilizing the upper shelf, etc. In doing this, you’ll need storage bins, hooks, shelf dividers, rods, rings, etc.
- Arrange your wardrobe by color or style.
A wardrobe closet arranged by color or style isn’t only pleasing to the eyes; it also makes it more convenient to look for a specific type of clothing. Arrange clothes of the same type together (ex. shorts, pants, skirts, tops, jackets, blouses, dresses, undergarments, sleepwear, etc.)
Besides organizing your wardrobe per type, color, and style, you can also group them according to use. Set apart the clothes you use for work so you wouldn’t have a hard time looking for what to wear every morning when dressing up. By doing this, dressing up will be easy peasy.
- Place most-used clothing at eye level.
Keep your most frequently used clothes at eye level and easy reach. You can also display them on a rack outside your closet to give your closet a free space. This way, you won’t have to rummage and disorganize other parts of your closet to look for specific clothes especially when in a hurry.
- Group hanged clothes accdg. to length.
Group your clothes according to length; hang together long dresses or coats on one side, and shorter clothes together on another side. Then, utilize the free space underneath the short clothes for other items such as storage boxes, bags, shoes, etc. With this, you can maximize your closet space.
- Organize folded items using old boxes.
To organize folded items inside your closet drawers, you can cut out old boxes such as cereal boxes, shoe boxes, etc. and use them as drawer dividers. You can also create smaller versions of these for undies and socks. Wrap or line them with different colored papers for a more stylish look.
- Use coordinated hangers for brassieres.
Free your closet drawers and hang brassieres in coordinated hangers instead. More than the free space you’ll create, you’ll also keep the brassieres in tip top shape. Use soda can tabs to connect hangers together to form one vertical line. Then, you can hang your brassieres on your closet door.
- Use bins or baskets for unused clothes.
If you can’t seem to let go certain pieces of clothing that you don’t anymore use because of their sentimental value, store them in bins or baskets instead for a more organized closet. Don’t let them accumulate the precious closet space you’ll need for your most frequently used clothing items.
- Use shower curtain rings for scarves.
For huge scarves collectors, attach shower curtain rings to hangers to organize your collection. Then, hang your scarves in the shower curtain rings. More than saving closet space, it can keep the scarves from getting wrinkled. It will also be easier to store them like this than merely folding them.
- Use frames and hooks for accessories.
To clean up some space from your closet, artfully display your accessories instead. Attach hooks and strings to unused border frames, then use it to hang your sunglasses, necklaces, and other accessories. More than the space-saving benefits, it will also add personality to your room as well.
A huge walk-in closet isn’t necessarily needed to have an organized wardrobe. With just a few cleanup and organization hacks, you can have a wardrobe that doesn’t look like a dumpster. Follow the closet clean-up hacks above, and there won’t ever be a day again when you’ll say, “I’ve got nothing to wear.”