Editing Your Closet Like A Pro

I know we are well into spring with it being the middle of May (already?!), but I am sure some of you are still working on cleaning out your closets for spring and summer.

Use these guidelines to ensure you are well prepared!

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  • Use the same type of hanger & hang every piece in the same direction to create a nice flow, making it easier to get dressed!
  • Arrange your clothes by detail: color, sleeve length, style, etc.

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  • Make your jewelry visible and easily accessible for a stylish and hassle free wardrobe!

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  • Display your favorite pieces
  • Bring pieces you do not wear too often front and center (or get rid of it – why keep it if you aren’t going to wear it?)

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  • Hang your pants & denim for easy access – this allows you to see what you are working with and not forget about a perfect pair of pants you found months ago!

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  • Have fun with your shoes! Use clear containers to show them off & keep them in good condition or if you can, put them out for show.
  • Keep the shape of your boots by hanging them.

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  • If it is not in season…pack it up! This will create more space in your closet allowing you to remain organized…and also allows for more space for new must haves 😉

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  • Go with the 2 year rule – if you have not worn it for 2 years, it is time to say goodbye.
  • Make a pile of items you no longer want and plan to donate them ASAP.

Organizing Your Closet 101

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As you transition your closet from winter to spring, things can get jumbled and piles start to form!! Start the spring out right with a clean, wearer-friendly closet.  Here are some great tips that I use season after season.

Step #1: Part ways with old clothes. My golden rule is if you haven’t wore it for a year, say goodbye. Items that are too big or too small also need to go, they are just taking up space for clothes that you CAN and WILL wear. If you cannot see it, you won’t wear it. Finally, ask yourself, “Would I buy this today?” and if the answer is a big fat NO that means it is time to GO!

Step #2: Find a good storage process. If you struggle in this area there are plenty of professionals out there who would love to help and are very affordable. Sometimes it is worth the money to create a foundation for your closet that you can refer back to season after season. If you feel comfortable going for it on your own, GREAT! The container store is a great place to start. When I recently re-organized some of my t-shirts I found the baskets from Target to be extremely helpful! I also love the velvet, no slip hangers from Costco.

Threshold™ Rattan Folio Bin with Liner

Step #3: Get organizing!

Tops:

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If you can hang all of your tops without overcrowding, go for it. Unfortunately, I do not have enough room so I use the baskets from Target for my t-shirts. I searched high and low for the perfect way to fold them so that I could easily see them and Pinterest had a great post! Hang tops by sleeve length and color.

Sweaters:

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I never ever hang my sweaters for 2 reasons:

1. Sweaters tend to lose shape when hung

2. Sweaters take up a lot of room.

I suggest folding them and keeping them in cubbies.

Jeans:

All of my jeans are hung and organized by type (trouser, boyfriend, skinny, etc) and from light to dark. If you cannot hang them, you can fold them with the same organizing method.

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Pants/Skirts/Shorts:

Hang with clips! This makes every item easy to see. Be sure to fold in the sides so that a crease is not left on the outside. The only exception for me is leggings/jeggings. I roll them into a tight ball and have a bin for them.

Dresses:

Like tops, hang by sleeve length and color. This makes it easier for you to find what you are looking for. NEVER leave them in the dry cleaning bag; this can cause damage to a beautiful dress.

Bags/Hats/Scarves:

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 Bags are like everything else in the closet: if you can’t see them, you won’t use them. Who doesn’t like to swap out bags for certain outfits? Make this easier by leaving your bags visible, whether it be using a hanger or stacking them on a shelf.

hats

Hats can be placed on a shelf or even put in a container and stacked.

scarves

Scarves can be organized in a number of ways. The best way that I have found is by using a scarf hanger. I suggest getting a few of these depending on how many scarves you own because it can get a little congested, making it hard to see every scarf. You can also create piles for your scarves.

Shoes:

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Never leave your shoes in the original shoe box! I use clear containers and make each side of the shoe visible. You can also take a picture of your shoes and place it on the outside of the container. Boots can be hung using boot hangers, which are great for maintaining the shape. Find a hidden place for flip flops and tennis when out of season.

Lingerie:

There are so many amazing tools out there to help organize lingerie. I use this handy organizer! Again, the container store is a great place for these kinds of projects. Pinterest also has some great ideas for DYI organizing.  (THIS IS JUST ONE I LOVE>>>>>>>

Diamond-Shape Drawer Organizer - White Cut shoe boxes in half to create organization within your lingerie drawer ;)

Jewelry:

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I love hanging my necklaces so that they are easily seen and do NOT get tangled! I keep a jewelry box for smaller items that cannot be hung (earring studs) and use paper towel roll holder to stack my bracelets on so I can see and wear them all!  I also love displaying  my dangle earrings on the inside of my closet door using this organizer and hanging each pair on the outside of each pocket using the lip.

Again, this way I can see my entire collection and easily chose!

10 Commandments of Hanging

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A lot of people have asked me how to get started organizing your closets and for tips that you can use on a daily basis to keep your closets and clothes fresh.  That being said, I thought that I would share with you, my “10 commandments of hanging”…

Follow these simple steps and I promise, your closet will be less of the disaster that some of you have described to me.

1. Thou shall NOT hang as much as possible in thy closet

2. Thou shall NOT hang sweaters

3. Thou shall NOT use wire hangers

4. Thou SHALL have matching hangers

5. Thou SHALL use appropriate hanger for the appropriate garments

6. Thou SHALL face all garments the same direction

7. Thou Shall honor thy breathing room for clothes

8. Thou shall NOT co-mingle groups of clothing (skirts with skirts and shirts with

    shirts, ect.)

9. Thou SHALL color code

10. Thou SHALL hang shirts categorized by sleeve length