Do you organize your closet again and again and it never stays organized? Is it difficult to find the item you want in your closet? Here we have a short guide on how to organize your clothes so you never have a messy closet again.
Step 1: The Purge
The first step in organizing a closet is a purge: get rid of the items you don’t need! Whatever you do, don’t skip this important step, which will help you understand your needs and build the wardrobe that reflects your personality. Pull everything out of the closet and place your clothes someplace (the bed is a good space for this). Now is the time to think of what items you really need and which ones are outdated.
There are different approaches for making this decision: for example, the popular KonMari method recommends to pick each item and notice how it makes you feel. Only keep items that make you feel good and improve your life. If you don’t like the idea of KonMari, you can consider the Swedish Death cleaning method which has a dark name but bright ideas. According to this method, try to de-clutter by thinking about the rest of your life and the passage of time. when you look at the things you own ask yourself: do I want to live with this item for the rest of my life and do I want to leave this to my descendants? The items that you don’t need anymore can be sold or donated.
Step 2: Hang it all!
After you identified what items you keep it’s time to design the space. Most closets are meant for keeping clothes folded, but the best way to make your clothes visible is to use hooks and hangers. Shirts, pants and dresses can all be hanged for a clean, aesthetic result. Consider investing in a closet with a good system for hanging and get additional clothes racks if you need. While you’re upgrading your closet, try to find matching hangers which will reduce the clutter. Always hang clothes facing the same way, so you can easily find what you need, and don’t hang clothes that are heavy and stretchy (like woolly sweaters) as this can harm the fabric.
Step 3: The Drawers
After you’re done with hanging items it’s time to fold the rest of your clothes. Dressers with drawers are especially effective for clothes that can’t hang, because they offer a lot of storage space and don’t require installation. The way you fold your clothes should help you fit more into your closet and also make your clothes visible in your drawers. The best way to fold clothes for drawers is to fold them in a square shape. Later you can place them with the folded side down, so they are organized like files (see picture). Invest in smaller boxes that fit your drawers to make it even more organized, and organize by categories like shirts and sweaters.
Step 4: Undergarment Burrito time!
Smaller boxes that fit in your closet with matching dividers will be extra useful to keep smaller items tidy and organized. For items like underwear and socks, use a rolling technique instead of folding. Place two matching socks one on top of the other and roll them like a burrito. Fold underwear from the narrow part to the wide and roll them, just like socks. Nest bras inside of each other to save drawer space.
way to go!
Finally, keep in mind these few tips: always divide items by type and, if you’re a visual person, organize them by color. Keep the items you use often accessible and items you use seldom should be kept on higher shelves. Hold accessories on small holders, or place them in their own shelf.
Remember that it is completely normal to do this process every few months – when the weather changes, when your body changes, when your mood changes.