Catastrophic Closet Clean-up (Part 2 of 2)

In my previous post, I went over some basic tips that will help keep your closet organized. With these in mind, it’s time to move on and talk about how to organize your clothing within the closet. Here are my seven tips:

1. Categorize your clothes by making piles of each of the following:

T-shirts, dress shirts, casual pants, dress pants, shorts, tank tops, sweaters, blazers/jackets/vests, dresses, skirts, stockings, belts, socks, undergarments, and shoes.

2. If you have not already done so, purge the items that you no longer want as you make your piles. You can sell them on eBay, donate to them charity, or throw them in the trash if they’re in poor condition.
If you’re up to the task, you can also use worn out clothes to get crafty. Turn them into quilts, vests, scarves, and more!

3. Put out-of-season clothes and shoes in storage. You can put them in bins or vacuum sealed bags under your bed, on a high shelf in your closet, or in the storage room.

4. Create sections in your closet for each of the categories of clothing. For example, if you have a lower-level bar, put skirts and t-shirts there. Dresses can be hung at eye-level, and dress shirts, blazers, jackets, and vest can be hung on a high bar. If you only have one bar in your closet, put the type of clothing you wear the most often in the centre and the other sections on the periphery.

5. Hang up accessories. Use hooks or other organizational devices, like scarf hangers (pictured below), to do this. You can purchase one or make it yourself!

6. For the items that you can’t hang up, put them in baskets or in a dresser.

7. Decide how you want to store your shoes. Under the bed, hanging in your closet, on a rack, or in boxes. Do what works for you and your space. My closet is very full, so I put my shoes under the bed in an under-the-bed shoe organizer.

Happy organizing!

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