Closet Organization

It’s that time of year to cleanout. It’s snowy here, what better way to spend your time inside. I donate a lot of unwanted items to our kids’ school garage sale which is coming up in March. This means it’s the perfect time to organize my closet. I love heading into the new season with a fresh, clean start. A closet cleanout can be overwhelming but here are some tips to get you started and hopefully keep you rolling.

Step 1:  Purge

  • Remove items you don’t wear. If you didn’t wear it last season you’re not going to wear it this season.  Example: You haven’t worn a sweater yet this fall or winter and you didn’t wear it last fall or winter, get rid of it. The likelihood you’re going to wear it again is next to zero.
  • Do not keep items you’re going to fit into after your new diet or exercise program.  I give you permission to keep a pair of your ‘skinny’ jeans that you may use as a goal to fit back into, but don’t keep multiple items with this as a reason to keep them.  In reality, after a weight loss or after having a baby, your body changes and these items may never fit properly again. In a way, you are torturing yourself. Your closet should be a place you go to make yourself feel good, not down about the extra weight you may be carrying for any of life’s crazy reasons. Plus, in a year, styles change, and these items may not be current. Meeting weight goals or body changing goals is a great time to reward yourself with a few new clothing items!
  • Take a minute to reflect on what you purged. Is there a theme? Was it the quick and affordable Target finds? Items on super sale you didn’t love? Make a note and be more conscious when you are in making those types of purchases again. I know for me, I stopped shopping at TJ Maxx, Marshalls and for the most part Target. I liked the instant gratification, but often they are not my favorite items.

Create 4 Piles

  • Keep – I like this item, I feel good wearing it.
  • Donate – Stained, stretched out, not much value to it, not a name-brand.
  • Sell – Great condition, name-brand.
  • Mend/Fix – A zipper on a designer pair of jeans, a heel of a great classic pump are items probably worth paying for a fix. A Target or Marshalls purchase, probably not.

Selling Used Clothing:

My favorite ways to sell name brand, great conditioned clothing, shoes, and accessories are Poshmark, ThredUP, and eBay.

Poshmark is perfect for the designer or name brand items. Think that Lululemon tank you don’t love, or that designer pair of jeans that just aren’t comfortable but are in excellent condition. It is SO easy and the money you can get it the best out there.

ThreadUP is really easy. They send you a free, large bag with pre-paid shipping, you load it up and drop it off at a UPS Store. Sometimes they will pay an upfront fee for your entire bag. Other times {or certain items} they will list to sell and when it does you get the money. When utilizing ThredUP, I don’t think you get top dollar for name-brand items, but it is easy and very convenient.

Ebay is where I list a lot of my children’s clothing. eBay is a little more time consuming than Poshmark, but it’s a good place to list children’s items. Gap, H&M, Target brands all do well.

**If you have items that are stained or torn and are not donate-able. Don’t throw them away, bring them to H&M. They recycle any fabric materials. Bring these items to your H&M and receive a 15% off coupon.

Step 2: Clean

Since your closet is empty from the purging that just happened, take the time to vacuum thoroughly, wipe down shelves, and change/check light bulbs.  It never fails, when I clean out my closet, I realize a light bulb has been burned out and I so appreciate the extra light.

Step 3: Organize

  1.  Sort clothes into categories when putting them back into your closet. I organize by category then color within that category. These are my categories:
    • Tops {sleeveless, button-down, long sleeve}
    • Dresses
    • Skirts
    • Outerwear {jackets, fleeces, cardigans, vests}
    • Pants {jeans, dress}
    • Sweaters
  2. Use cohesive hangers: This one small change can make a huge difference! Two years ago I changed my closet over to the non-slip space saver hangers and I can’t believe what a difference it makes! **To preserve your clothing and keep it in great condition, make sure you are using appropriate hangers for each type of item. Skirt hangers for skirts, a thicker, wooden hanger for suit jackets, and so on.
  3. Hanging shelves: My rule of thumb is to not stack things you’ll be reaching for over your head of more than three items high. The stack tends to fall over and always be messy. Instead, try bringing some of your popular folded items {such as sweaters} down to eye level with one of these hanging shelves.  I added this to my closet last winter and it has been a game-changer.
  4. Clear Dividers: These can have so many uses! I use mine to organize my purses. These handy little dividers keep them all upright and easy to grab for a night out. They can also be used to keep stacks of folded clothes in place – think little cubbies.
  5. Scarf Hanger: I love my scarves! I hang my huge blanket scarves on regular hangers, but the smaller ones I put on this handy little scarf hanger.  Keeps them looking organized and easy to see.
  6. Jewelry: I wouldn’t say I have discovered the prettiest way to keep my jewels, but this way really does work! Keeping your baubles accessible and easily visible is key. I like to display my bracelets and necklaces on hanging hooks – like a coat hanging rack. One, it makes it really easy to put things away and, two, I am able to get a whole picture of my options when deciding what to pair with outfits. I honestly have never met a jewelry box large enough for it all….have you? I also think these little peg hooks would be neat.
  7. Shoes: Store your shoes one facing towards you one away from you.  This saves quite a bit of room!  A little trick from my shoe selling days at Nordstrom.
Clear Dividers Help Purses Stay Organized

Perhaps you have a gorgeous custom closet, maybe a closet with little space. I hope you can take one or two of these easy, affordable tips, apply it, and make your closet a little more enjoyable. After all, it’s a place we go every day. Make it a place you’re proud of and that makes you feel good.

Coat Hooks as Jewelry Hangers

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