Organize Out of Your Closet

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The very best home organization tips I’ve gathered and put into practice over the years are those that are easy to put together but, more importantly, easy to maintain. I’ve spent countless hours organizing, re-organizing, labeling, and purchasing baskets and containers to get the job done. Lately, I’ve tried to figure out just precisely which method works best for me. And what I mean by the best for me is what I’ve noticed requires the least amount of re-organization.

I shared some pictures on Instagram a while back, which focused on organizing my closets and my dressing room – basically a pass-through room I essentially turned into a walk-thru closet. It’s kinda fancy calling it a dressing room, so let’s just call it what it is! Houses built back in 1830 typically did not have large bedroom closets, if one at all, so getting creative with clothing organization has been a fun challenge.

Ironically, I’ve learned in this process that I keep my things more organized when I can see them all. Simple, right? Once my most worn items were moved from the closets to racks and shelves out in the open, I seemed to be more consistent in keeping things neat and orderly. If it’s tucked in the small dark corners or deep drawers, all bets are off! This can be accomplished in many ways. Whether you have a spare room, extra space, a wide hallway, or removing the doors from a closet, you can easily make this work for you and give yourself visibility to almost everything.

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I find this technique works best for sweaters, button-downs, and jeans, and I will tell you why. No matter how well I fold any of those items, they never work out; they always end up wrinkly or with a funny crease. Below are all my tips to help you get started and, most importantly, to keep yourself organized:

  1. Put away your seasonal clothes. Get a bin, fill it, label it, and off it goes until the weather changes. Out of sight and out of the way!
  2. Take stock of what you really reach for every day; this is key for this technique; you want these items to be the essential pieces you actually wear. Think of it almost like a capsule wardrobe, except it holds all the things you need every day that you wear and are comfortable.
  3. Find a rack that fits into the area or space you have available or consider removing your closet doors. I know this sounds controversial, but seeing your things will more likely help you keep it orderly.
  4. Buy matching hangers. This allows the clothes to have a consistency in look and keeps the clothes hanging from the top at the same distance. And it’s just prettier this way.
  5. If your budget allows for a bookcase or shelf, get one. Or borrow another one from elsewhere in your home. This will enable you to display your things and provide another opportunity to put those most beautiful items out in the open and keep them tidy. I also like this idea to store “the extras” in clear bins, like scarves, and pretty baskets for a quick grab of workout clothes- which helps eliminate the excuse not to exercise!

Link to some of my favorite items are here and all found on http://www.amazon.com

Velvet hangers in all the colors. http://www.amazon.com
Clear storage is a must. http://www.amazon.com
Garment Rack! So many options on http://www.amazon.com
Woven baskets add style and texture. http://www.amazon.com

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