Thanks to sites like Houzz, Pinterest and HGTV, we are regularly and sometimes painfully aware of just how luxurious and organized some rooms of the house can become.
And the master closet is no exception.
Sadly, lusting over images of backlit shoe storage and built in washer/dryers, though entertaining, will not increase the size of your own closet. Instead, focus on the space that you are working with – and make it work for you. Here are some great tips from the professionals at Organizers Northwest for organizing your closet and transitioning into the Fall and Winter seasons.
Do a bi-annual, season swap
Too much clothing to fit in your closet or dresser? Swap out your Summer threads for Winter ones. Large, see-through bins are useful to store off-season clothes. Label one side “summer” and the other side “winter”. When it comes time to do your swap, just turn the bin around so that the correct label faces out.
Organizing your closet, finding ways to recycle and making extra money are just a few of the reasons to consider consigning. Here are some reasons to consign or donate: “I love it BUT…”
- It will never fit me again
- It just isn’t my color
- My lifestyle has changed and I’ll never wear it again
- I’ve had it for a while and the tags are still on it
- It was an impulse buy and just isn’t “me”
Visual is Valued
What you can’t see – you won’t wear. Give your clothes the chance to be noticed; this will allow you to either wear them or pass them on. Think shoes kept in cardboard shoe boxes and clothing in colored bins or on an out-of-reach shelf.
Instead, hang shoes in a visible hanging cubby or on a rack, and try hanging items instead of folding, if just for a while so that you can see them.
Then, try the hanger trick for six months to see what you are wearing (turn all hangers around so that they are facing backwards. When you wear something, replace the hanger facing forwards. After six months you cans see what you are / are not wearing based on the position of the hangers).
Is it really worth keeping, just in case you might wear it someday when someone else would enjoy it today? Keep in mind what your benevolence could do for others, especially warm sweaters and coats that could be donated to those in need.
Keep your Eyes on the Prize
As you are working, remember why you are doing this. Visualize how having a closet that contains only items that you truly love will affect your life. Organize your closet with a few of these professional tips and have less stress in the mornings, less mess to clean up, and a better life in general.