For some reason, the first place that people want to organise is their closet. I set it as a challenge on Day 3 but it turned out to be such a big task that I thought we may focus on it again today. It’s as good a place as any, and there is nothing better than an efficient and well-organised closet space. Here are some pro-tips for organising and maximising your closet spaces.
Pro-Tip #1: Purge. Getting rid of items you don’t need or don’t use is the first step in managing a well-organised wardrobe or closet. Begin by looking at each item in your closet. Ask yourself these questions:
1. Have I used this in the last 6 months?
2. Is this item worn out, broken, or damaged?
3. If I saw it in a shop today, would I still buy it?
If you decide that you are not using the item, or it is damaged or worn out, it should be donated or tossed accordingly. Items that are well used and important should be replaced. I always keep a box in our under stair cupboard labelled charity. That way it doesn’t end up going back in the wardrobe with the hope of me remembering to take it there one day.
As you go through your wardrobe or closet space, make three piles: Keep, Donate, and Discard. If you lack the courage or discipline to make these decisions, consider hiring or enlisting someone to help you with this phase of organising. I often get my daughter in to help me on things like this. She is 11 and very blunt!
Pro-Tip #2: Assess what is left. Once you have three piles, donate and discard the items that are not returning to your wardrobe or closet. This leaves you to assess what you have left. Begin a list that details what items need to be replaced and what items are missing from your closet. Many people embrace the capsule wardrobe trend. If you are considering this trend, make note of what key pieces you need to anchor your closet.
Pro-Tip #3: Determine what you need for the space to work. If your closet has been in disarray for a long period of time, you may not have the infrastructure you need to create an organised space. Here in the UK we tend to not have built in wardrobes or those wonderful walk in closets that my American friends tell me about. I have written a blog post with some ideas for using the small space well. You may need to create spaces for your garments and your accessories in order for the space to be functional and stay that way. Determine what you need for the space to work and either purchase or build the infrastructure you need.
Many home goods stores offer closet organisers or containers that make organising easier. Take a trip into town and see what your local DIY store has on offer. IKEA is another great place to look at. My go to shops for storage and organisation are Wilko, The Range, IKEA and B & M. I usually find something for a great price in those shops.
Pro-Tip #4: Shed some light. Poor lighting is almost always an issue. You can’t fully appreciate your closet if you can’t see into it. If you are fortunate enough to have a large closet then there are many sources of battery-operated systems that can enhance your closet, or you might consider hiring an electrician to come and illuminate the darkness so your spaces are easily seen with the flick of a switch.
Organising your closets isn’t as hard as you might think. The actions of purging, donating, and discarding things you just aren’t using makes it possible to showcase the things you love and shop for the perfect pieces you’ve been missing. The newfound real estate will have you excited to get dressed each day and make your morning routine less hectic.
Todays challenge: If like me you found your wardrobe or closet area to be quite the challenge, then I suggest today you tackle it again. If you haven’t yet read it then please check out my Organising Your Wardrobe post and also my pinterest board.
If you have already done your own wardrobe, then do you have a child that you could help?
Do you have any wardrobe organising tips that you would like to share?