Getting (and staying) organized is tough. One of the hardest places to tackle is your closet, because you’re constantly pulling out clothes and putting in new clothes. It is easy to just leave everything on the floor, spilling out of drawers, or buried somewhere out of sight. When you’re this disorganized, you are more likely to feel stress about your clothes. You won’t know for sure what you have, what fits, and what you never wear anymore. When you start taking charge and organizing your closet, you’ll feel better about getting ready in the morning. Here are some steps you can take to get started today:
1. Go through everything
This part can be overwhelming. Collect all your clothes and go through each piece. Do you still wear it? Does it fit? Is it damaged? One good rule to keep in mind is that if you haven’t worn it in during a calendar year, you don’t need it. Start making a donation pile, and for clothes too worn out to give away, a trash pile.
2. Arrange according to season
One of the big reasons our closets are overflowing is because we pack every season’s worth of clothes in one place. To stay organized, you should really only have the current season’s outfits all hung up and easily accessed. This way, you don’t have as many clothes to look through when you’re changing, and they take up much less space in the closet. Everything else should be neatly stored somewhere, like in a large Tupperware.
3. Employ unique storage
If you have a small closet and/or dresser and have given away as many clothes as you can, it’s time to think of some more unusual storage options. Some examples include laying your shirts vertically instead of down flat, so they take up less horizontal space, and hanging your shorts and pants using shower rings instead of putting them in a drawer. There are dozens of other creative ideas online using common household items like shoeboxes and comforter bags.