To me, the perfect space is all about balance. I don’t like to have too many things in my living area that I won’t use. Of course, when it comes to my closet – things have the potential to get out of hand. I truly love and use most of what’s in there, but I don’t like it to feel overwhelmed. I covered closets a bit in my book, but when it comes to your living space, there is always more to learn. If a disorganized closet has led to more time spent unearthing the perfect outfit (say, from a heap of clothes on the floor?), it’s time for an intervention. Here’s how to do it.
4 Ways to Create an Organized Closet
This old trick for storing depending on the seasons works wonders for those with a small closet but a little space for tucking unused clothes away. If you’ve got no room on the rack but plenty under your bed, then get to pulling everything you don’t need for the next 4-6 months out. Simply swap the box and closet stash when September rolls around, and your closet won’t get cluttered with things you won’t wear.
I learned this awhile back and it is once again so helpful if you don’t have a lot of room! Double up the clothes on your hangers by pairing the things you’re likely to layer on in real outfits, like your fave blazers and blouses for interviews, tank tops with cardigans, and so on. In essence, this method allows you to have double the items on the hangers without the row of clothes expanding as far. Don’t complicate it too much though, or you’ll never stay consistent with this new system, and end up with more on the ground.
Utilize Overhead Space
It’s there for a reason! And the space underneath too. I like to keep long dresses to the side so I can actually keep things on the ground underneath the clothing rack in plain sight (remember, out of sight, out of mind). It’s the perfect spot for shoes, bigger bags, and your laundry hamper if need be. Overhead is a great spot for those items you don’t wear too much but don’t exactly fit in the “store away” categories, like sweaters and your lesser-worn pants, and of course shoes to display. It never hurts to have your prettiest pieces on display above so that you can easily find them, and bonus… they can double as decor.
Color coordinating may sound like more of a pain than it’s worth, but I can’t count how many hours this alone has saved me. I’m a very visual person and more often than not I am going for a certain vibe rather than an exact type of top or dress. So knowing right away whether I should gravitate toward bright colors, black, or neutrals, helps out a ton!
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