Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Closet Organization 101

Wouldn't you love to have a closet that looked something like this?
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Or maybe this?
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Maybe in a dream house that would be possible. But let's be honest, most of us don't live in our dream house. If you're lucky enough to have a closet like one of those, we're all a bit green with envy. If not, then we'll help you bring some organization to your closet because there is nothing worse in the morning then struggling to find that one specific top. Now, let's start at the top and work our way down.

There are a couple different ways to organize the tops in your closet. You can go by season or by color, but I have found that practicality wins out in this one. Start with dividing up your tops clothes into four categories: Winter, Summer, All Season and Basics.

This should include items such as heavy sweaters, cardigans, jackets, long sleeve tops, etc. Now, if you're anything like me, I am cold all the time so I like to keep my cardigans easily accessible so I can grab them at any time. Other items that are typically only worn during the colder months now can be organized by type or color-- that's really up to you. 

This category should include items such as tank tops, sleeveless tops, tunics, etc. These items can be ones the you only typically wear during the summer months. Camisoles or tanks that you like to use for layering should be kept where they are easily accessible. If you have a big enough closet to keep them together, that's great! If not, then keep those layering items in your basics section.

All Season
This one can be tricky, but you will probably be able to identify which items in your closet that are versatile and you tend to wear regularly. Things such as t-shirts, short sleeve tops, etc. These are items that you grab for regularly and you will want to be able to wear all year round.

The last section of the tops in your closet should consist of basic items. This includes items that you use for layering or styling all year round, but are more basic than your all season tops. That way you know where to look for that simple black camisole when you need it most.

This is pretty self explanatory, but keeping all your dresses together is helpful when looking for one of them!

Another great tool in organizing closets is baskets! They are your friend when it comes to those smaller things that don't hang well, but still need a home. Even if you don't have a lot of extra space to put them on, use the shelf in the closet or even the floor of your closet to keep all the items together. This is extra helpful if you don't have a dresser! 

Baskets are perfect for storing scarves, belts, hats, socks, pjs-- you name it-- a basket will help give it a home.

Now all that is left is your shoes! There are so many options for shoe storage, but my best suggestion is to purchase some sort of shoe storage system. There are many options in all price ranges at any big box store. The size of your closet will greatly affect how you can organized your shoes. My preferred method is either a shoe cubby or wire rack.
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Hopefully, now your closet looks something like this.


Ok, maybe not exactly like that, but you're one step closer! At least, you have an organized and manageable closet for all your clothes to call home. And one last tip, I like to move my clothes according to season to the center of my closet. So right now, I have my winter clothes the most accessible so I don't have to dig to the back of my closet each day. Then in the summer, I put those towards the back and move my summer attire to the center. Just a small way to help make your morning routine a little bit smoother!

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