Do you struggle every day to decide what to wear because you cannot find what you are looking for?
Do you find pile of your clothes on your bed, chair, sofa more than your cupboard?
Well not to worry, I got your back! 🙂 To be honest, I am obsessed with keeping my closet clean. I have this habit of organizing things and it makes me so happy and content!
I am sure we all try to clean or organize our closets once in a while, but for some reason, in few days it turns back in to mess. Well, probably, the reason for that is the way you are organizing your closet space.
It is very essential to organize your closet in a planned way, so that you get what you want faster, save your time and it doesn’t turn in to a mess immediately after you have cleaned it.
Here are five easy ways to organize your closet properly:
Golden rule of keeping your closet clean – loose all unwanted/unwearable clothes from you closet.
I know we all get attached with our clothes, I do! But it is very important to let go of clothes that you no longer wear. This way, you can get more space in your closet which are currently occupied by something you no longer need.
So, remove all the clothes one by one from your closet and ask below questions:
- Have I worn it in last 1 year? Yes – next question, NO – discard
- Is it in good condition? Yes – next question, No – Discard
- Does it still fit me? Yes – next question, No – Discard
- Do I have duplicates of this piece? Yes – Discard, No- Next question
- Do I really need this? Yes – Keep it, No – Discard
Put the discarded clothes in a separate bag (will tell you later what to do with this bag). The clothes that you want to keep, let them be in a separate pile.
Categorizing your clothes and then arranging them is very important. This will help you find the right clothes for right occasions. This will also help you answer “What to wear”.
I categorize my clothes based on these major categories:
- Home wear
- Outwear – Western
- Outwear – Ethnic
- Fitness wear
Once you have decided the categories, arrange the pile of clothes based on each category.
It is very much possible that your pile for one category is huge as compared to others. If so, it’s best to sub-categorize that pile.
For example, I have sub category in “Outwear – Western”, which are “Formal wear”, “Denims” , “Tshirts” , “Shirts”, “Casual pants”.
Similarly, based on whichever pile seems huge, sub categorize it, so that you aren’t overwhelmed.
Now that you have categorized your clothes, it’s time to arrange them.
Based on the kind of space you have and the amount of clothes you have for each category, you can decide where to put what. Few questions that you need to ask yourself:
- What is the category that I wear more often?
- Which is the least worn category/clothe?
- What season it is?
- Do I need hangers for any specific type of clothing?
This will help you decide, which category you want to keep in your reach and which can go to less accessible area/shelf in your cupboard/closet.
Few Tips which I follow:
- Keep your winter wear in a separate storage space and not in cupboard/closet during summers.
- If possible, assign a separate drawer for your undergarments.
- If you want to go one extra mile, color coordinate your clothes!
- If possible, use hangers for Blazers, coats and dresses. This will help maintain their shape.
- If you like, you can keep your accessories in a transparent box and label it. For example, you can have a box for scarves, where you can dump all your scarves. Similarly, for Ties, for socks, for handkerchiefs.
Now that you have arranged all your categorized piles, it’s time to pick up that “Let go bag”. Remember that one pile/bag that we separated as part of step one.
Take that pile and donate it. There are number of NGOs who will happily accept that. Just in case the clothes are too worn out and cannot be reused, they can still be recycled. So, google the charitable organizations who do this and help someone 🙂
Wallah! Your closet is organized! 🙂
Make sure when you take out your clothes from the closet to use, keep them back in the same way after wash/use, instead of throwing it. Trust me it only takes 5 minutes extra and you will never have to deal with a messy closet again.
Let me know in the comments below if you have more ideas or if you have a feedback about the post.