Don’t let space constraints keep you from achieving your dream closet. Even the smallest closet can fit your style needs – as long as you’re maximizing the space you have. Use these simple organization tips to eliminate wasted space and make your closet more efficient. Here’s how to create your dream closet:
Gather the Materials
Start by gathering up your must-have materials. Hangers are essential to your wardrobe as a bad hanger can stretch out a garment. Tested and tried, Joy Mangano’s thin hangers are closet staples! These velvet hangers are slim, lightweight, and preserve the shape of your clothing. You want slim hangers in order to conserve all the space your closet offers.
All of your hangers should be identical: same shape and color. Give your closet a taste of your personality when you pick unique hanger colors like hot pink or burgundy. Finally, grab at least two, large garbage bags for items you wish to donate or discard (pro tip: label each one before you begin filling them).
Before you get started with your closet overhaul, it’s best to clean out the space completely. Make an effort to thoroughly clean out your closet by dusting off your shelves. Spray an all-purpose cleaner over the frame and vacuum or sweep the floor surrounding the closet.
Take Inventory and Edit
The idea is to take inventory of the items worth keeping and wearing. Here’s what not to keep:
Items with any stains or tears
Items unworn in the past 12 months
Items that need extra or costly TLC
Toss out any clothes with holes, tears, or permanent stains. If you haven’t worn an item in the past year or you don’t feel great when you wear it, then you should also get rid of it. Consider donating these items if they are still in good shape. Lastly, avoiding holding onto something that needs extra or costly updates, like tailoring, unless you plan on wearing that item a lot.
Divide and Conquer
This is the part where we categorize. It’s easiest to organize “like with like”; think: jeans with jeans, dresses with dresses, skirts with skirts, etc. Once you’ve grouped your clothing into categories that fit your needs, separate the garments by occasion and color. Subsets will help define your style and the way you pick your clothes out each morning.
Separate by occasion first: work, formal, and casual. Keep cocktail dresses and work dresses apart. Combine your work dresses together in one set and your white button downs in another. These categorizations and subsets will help you maximize efficiency.
Fold and Hang
Garments prone to wrinkling, like silk, should be hung. Clothing that requires dry cleaning should also be hung. Items like denim, sweaters, t-shirts, knits, undergarments, and work-out gear are better folded. If you have shelves instead of drawers, consider putting items, like undergarments, in soft baskets. It’s important to be able to visualize your clothing, like sweaters, so you can make sure you remember what you own in order to prevent duplicate purchases.