5 Tips to Organize your Closet

Spring increases the need and desire for change. Sometimes that change is a major life event, but most of the time it’s just reorganizing your home. As spring rides on, your favorite time of the year approaches: the annual closet purge.

Before you begin these exciting festivities, consider these tips to maximize your space, and create a closet so chic that it’ll look like a real life instagram picture.

Minimize Wardrobe

Start cleaning your closet with the intention to lose at least 25% of your current wardrobe. Remove all items from your closet. Examine each article of clothing, and then decide whether to donate, sell, keep, or trash it. Determine the value of the item by asking yourself if you wore it within the last 12 months, and if you had to buy it today, would you? If you answer no to both of those questions, than it needs to go.

Decide whether to sell, donate, or toss it by examining the quality. Torn and worn up clothes should go into the garbage. Donate or sell clothing in pretty good or barely worn condition. Aim to only keep about 12-14 pairs of underwear at a given time. Toss away any worn down pairs.

Keep an inventory of all the clothing that you plan to keep, and note where you store them. This makes it easier to find them in the future.

Clean the Closet

Sweep the closet floor to remove dust, crumbs, and dirt. Vacuum and mop it when necessary. Also add rodent and bug repellent if you see signs of creatures living or playing in your closet.

Buy Supplies

Wait to buy new storage supplies until you know what items you have to store and organize. Buy from stores like the Container Store and Big Lots because they carry a wide selection of inexpensive organizing tools.

Save money by making your own storage solutions. The web contains thousands of clever DIY organizing ideas, but some of our favorites include using old comforter containers to store clothes, wine cases as shoe racks, and shower hooks to hang shorts.

Create an Organizing Plan

In your room, separate clothing on your bed and floor to see how to organize everything. Store out of season clothing in the back of your closet. If possible, hang luggage and other items that take up a lot of space on the walls. Pair like items together.  This could mean that you pair all clothing of a certain color together, or all clothing of the same category.

Use hangers and dividers to keep clothing even more separated. Place items that you plan to wear the most in the front. Store smaller items like jewelry, makeup, and hair supplies together.

Buy or make shoe storage containers that are transparent.

Add New Clothing

After a long day or days of cleaning, reward yourself with a shopping trip. Do not buy too many new items, just a few to replace some of your old clothing. Use coupons at your favorite stores like Forever21 to get everything you need at a discounted price.

Now that you have learned some of the secrets to effectively organizing your closet, use these tips on all your home organizing projects.