Do you remember the day you moved into your home, excited about the bedroom closet and all the space it offered? Has it become so cluttered you can’t find the clothes, shoes, and accessories you want to wear? Is your closet full of items you really use, or has it become a catch-all for things you haven’t found a place for yet? The expression is true – the more space you have, the more stuff you accumulate to fill it!
To reclaim your closet and restore order to your life, follow these five steps:
1. Take everything out of your closet.
And I mean everything! Go through all of your clothes, shoes, bags, scarves, and jewelry, keeping what you truly love and/or wear now. You should only store items related to your wardrobe in this closet – if you can’t wear it, find another home for it. (Click here for more information about how to do this.)
2. Sort the clothes, shoes, and accessories you’re keeping.
Before you go shopping for organizational materials, separate the clothes you’re keeping into groups – tops, pants, skirts, and dresses; determine how many shoes, scarves, and bags you have; and take an inventory of your jewelry. This will help you plan how much space you need for each category.
3. Figure out how much hanging space you need.
Once you know exactly what you have in your wardrobe, you are ready to make the most of the space you have. Many closets have one hanging clothes rod across each wall. Consider adding one or two double hanging rods like this one from The Container Store. This is a great choice if you need a full-length rod for dresses and shorter hanging spaces for tops, pants, shorts, and skirts.
4. Decide how you want to store your shoes, bags, and other accessories.
You should be able to see and have easy access to everything in your closet. How you store your shoes, bags, and other accessories depends on the space you have – does your closet have lots of floor space? built-in shelves? extra rod space for hanging bags? Stackable shelves, baskets, and clear plastic shoe bags are a great way to maximize your storage, ensuring that you can quickly select what you want to wear.
5. Choose space-saving hangers.
My top tip for making the most of your closet space is to use slim, non-slip hangers. They take up less space, protect delicate garments, and prevent clothes from sliding to the floor. I recently found out about a new product called Higher Hangers. By lowering the hook closer to the top of the clothing, this hanger raises the garment higher, freeing up more space below; you gain about 4″ of hanging space with Higher Hangers. In addition to functionality, using the same color slim hangers creates a calm, aesthetic look in your closet.
Higher hangers compared to a regular size hanger – you gain a lot more space!*
Following these five steps to organize your closet will save you time and money. You will save time when you’re getting dressed, because everything will be visible and within easy reach – no more searching for your favorite pair of jeans or that cute top you haven’t worn yet. You will save money, because you when you know what you have in your wardrobe and what you need to add to it, you shop with intention, cutting down on unnecessary purchases.
What is the biggest challenge in your closet? What is one thing you could do to make the space more functional?
All photos by The Delusionist except where noted.
*Photo credit Kelly Gartner Style.