Step 10 – Organize Your Closet
Today we have a rather large task ahead of us. Put on some comfy clothes, light a candle, turn on your favorite music and let’s get started. We are going to work on organizing our closets today. I am not going to tell you to take everything out because I don’t want this to turn into a week-long task! You should’ve already de-cluttered on day one so I am going to assume that has been done :).
The closet is one of the hardest areas in my house to keep organized. When something doesn’t have a home, it somehow ends up in my closet!
This is a task that needs to be worked on at least once a week so first of all I want you to go add this to your planner (remember the one you got in step 2), you’re routine, and your chore lists. Even if it is only 10 minutes a week, I assure you it will make a difference.
First thing first…make sure your closet is straightened up and free of clutter.
Step one – Switch out hangers
One of the best things I have ever done to make my closet look tidy was to invest in uniform hangers. Mine happen to be all white plastic because they were cheaper, but the wooden hangers make a huge impact in your closet if you have a little extra cash to invest. Throw all of those horrible wire hangers out!!!
Step two – Color coordinate you clothes
I have tried arranging my clothes in every way possible and the most appealing and efficient way that I have found is to color coordinate. I put mine in order by color and then arrange them by seasons (from tank tops and camis to sweaters). I do keep my jeans together regardless of color and my dresses are all together. This works especially well for my kids closets.
Step three – Scarves and belts
or there is the DIY way where you attach shower curtain hooks to a hanger.
I especially like this idea from Fashion Diva Design
Step 4 – Shoes
Many people will suggest something like putting your shoes in individual containers but I personally think that this is more trouble than it is worth. The shoes never get put back where they go which creates a bigger mess and they are not easily accessible when you are in hurry. My suggestion is to put them neatly on a shelf if you have one in your closet. If you shoes have to go in the floor of your closet, I suggest sorting them into three separate open containers (flip-flops, dress shoes, and casual shoes) and slide them neatly under your clothes on the floor. Your hubby will probably only need one container!
Here are some other really cool ideas for organizing shoes
Step 5 – Extra Junk
They are super cheap, you can paint them, cover them in fabric or scrap paer, they look nice and are easy to get into. Or nesting boxes work well also
Make sure you have…
- A laundry hamper
- A trash can
- A small bulletin board or dry erase board
- A floor length mirror (if you don’t have the room, you could always put it on the door)
- Add hooks for things like jackets that you use often! It is so much easier to toss a jacket on a hook than to hang it up!!!
- If you have a shelving system in your closet, decorate it just like you would if it were visible (just not with nik-naks). Fill your shelves with things like foldered sweaters (color coordinated), folded blankets, boxes and baskets used to collect those small items floating around in the closet, purses, bags, books, and anyhing else that you store in your closet. If you have any empty space, add a couple of pictures.
- Try to keep the floor as clear as possible. Vaccum, dust, or mop your closet floor.
- Add some smell good
- If you have wood or tile floors, add a pretty rug.
- If you have a huge closet, put a cute little chair to sit in.
Make your closet your special place!!!
Ahh…isn’t putting clothes away and getting dressesd going to be so much more pleasant!
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