Let me guess. Your New Years resolution was to eat healthier, be more active, or get organized.
Well, I can't help you with the first two, but my real life friend Maddie can certainly help you with the last one!
As you know, we had our Master Closet installed a few weeks ago and I asked Maddie to come on over to help me get it all set up. Obviously, accessibility was our #1 priority but organization was very close behind.
She is LITERALLY a professional organizer, so she has put together 5 tips for our friends on how she creates a well put together closet:
Categories & Clusters
My favorite way to organize a closet is to group items into categories, such as pants, shirts, sweaters, blouses, etc. Once all items in the closet are organized into categories, I like to step back and start pairing categories together to form clusters. Clusters are a way to systematically place categories of clothing together to make planning outfits a breeze.
Clusters can apply to drawers, too. There is no reason to keep your sweatpants and t-shirts at opposite ends of the closet if you tend to wear them together. Consider giving them the same drawer in your dresser by clustering them together.
Roll it on up!
I’ve never been one to follow the rules, so it’s no surprise that more times than not I prefer to roll articles of clothing verses fold them. Lining up rolled jeans or sweats on open shelving is a sure way to find exactly what you are looking for without having to dig through folded stacks of clothing. I have found that neat rolling saves space and helps to prevent wrinkles and creases in clothing. Displaying your rolled jeans also adds a fun, aesthetically pleasing design element to your closet, all while maintaining functionality.
Definitely a win-win situation, right?
You can roll other items like scarves, t-shirts, underwear, shorts, ect., as well.
Simplified Storage Solutions
Drawers can sometimes be the landing place for items that just don’t seem to belong anywhere else in the closet. Out of sight, out of mind, right? Seems like a decent solution until you open up your dresser drawer in the morning while you are rushing around getting ready and you can’t seem to find a matching pair of socks amongst all of the clutter.
Solution? Drawer dividers.
When items have a proper place to live in your dresser drawers, it becomes easier to keep categories of clothing organized. Shallow baskets or containers are a great way to separate socks, bras, belts, ect. in your dresser drawers. Commercial drawer organizers are also a great way to tackle the clutter.
Display Your Favorites
Hand bags, statement jewelry, books, artwork, whatever it may be- make room to display it in your closet. There is no reason why design and style has to be excluded from the one area you go in everyday.
Find some cute little knobs or hooks and fill up that blank wall by hanging all of your pretty necklaces. It’s a great, inexpensive way to add an aesthetically pleasing touch to your closet, while keeping your necklaces from getting all tangled and unorganized.
Overstuffed racks and drawers of clothing are a sure way to put your closet organization on stand still. Decluttering regularly can help to keep your closet clean and tidy. If items have stains, are missing a mate (you know, those singleton socks!), no longer fit, or just aren’t your style anymore, don’t be afraid to part ways. Donating or selling old clothing that is still in good shape is a great way to give pieces new life, while creating a bit of breathing room in your closet.
Any specific organization questions?
Feel free to comment below or send Maddie an email for a consultation. She's great. Promise promise.