Closets are one of the most rewarding areas to organize. Think about how many times you go into your closet to grab a sweater or that cute shirt you love. And think how frustrating it is when you can't find what you're looking for--or when you do find it it's too wrinkled to wear. If you're interested in getting your closet organized and need a little inspiration, check out one of my latest closet makeovers for tips on how to get your closet together.
Here's what we started with: Bags of clothes that needed to be sorted. purged and stored:
And the closet space to store the clothes:
Here was the plan of attack to get this closet organized:
1. Purge, purge, purge. The clothes needed to be pared down to only the essentials. I can't stress enough how important it is to only keep items that you wear, love and feel good in. Tip: When you start the purge, go by clothing category. For example. sort and purge ALL your t-shirts at once, then move to tank tops, jeans, etc.
2. Seasonal swap. All the clothes, shoes and accessories that won't be worn for months get stored in a nice sealed and labeled container. Try stashing these items in a dedicated storage area, spare closet, or a space under the bed.
3. Inventory the keepers. When you pare your clothes down to the essential things that will actually be going in the closet, take a look at how many items in each clothing category you have and where it will make the most sense to store them. Will all of your items fit in the closet or do you need a dresser as well? Typically, I like to fold bulkier items such as jeans and heavy sweaters and store in a dresser or a closet shelf. Blouses, button downs and cardigans can be hung.
4. Determine storage solutions. For this project we added a shoe rack, back-of-door shelving system, baskets and new hangers. Every closet will be different so just keep in mind that you want to be able to see everything as well as be able to easily take the items in and out. Additional shelving to create more tiers to stack is an easy way to keep clothes organized. Tip: Check out these favorites for additional storage: Shelf Organizer and Stacking Shelf
5. Organize away! The lighter items can be hung by length going left to right--tank tops, short sleeve blouses, long sleeve blouses, etc. (I also like to color code!) If you're stacking clothes, don't make the piles higher than 3-4 items or it will just make it tough to get things near the bottom. Thin velvet hangers make a huge difference for saving space, taking care of your clothes and giving it all a cohesive look. Tip: Homegoods and TJ Maxx are my go-to spot to buy bulk matching hangers.
And here is the after shot of the new, beautifully organized closet!
As you can probably imagine, doing a closet makeover will take some time--I 100% recommend that you mark a date on your calendar and set aside a good chunk of time to go through the process. It will be worth it in the end, I promise!
Happy organizing! xo