I love this time of year! The changing of seasons always brings about such fun traditions: drinking that first pumpkin spice latte, preparing for the holidays, and, of course, pulling out all of the fun winter clothes and shoes that have been hiding away during summer. What better time is there to organize your closet in the process? If the thought of this task is overwhelming, don’t worry! A few simple tricks and tools (even on a budget) can make a big difference.
11.15.14 closet organization
1) Get it out. Pull out what you have and group like items together: Pants, Skirts, Dresses, T-shirts… you get the idea. You can be as detailed as you want to be. Here are some categories I use:
  • Tank Tops
  • Short-sleeve
  • Long-sleeve
  • Pants
  • Skirts
  • Dresses
  • Sweaters
  • Jackets
2) Pass it on. There are plenty of local ministries (Graceworks, Goodwill, Our Thrift Store, etc.) who can use items you no longer wear. A general rule of thumb is if you haven’t worn it in a year, give it away! This is probably the most important step of organization. (I mean, who really needs ten black sweaters?) Make your clothes and accessories earn their place back into your closet.
3) Get it organized. As you put things away in your closet, categorize them. Here are a few simple tips for maximum impact:
  • Keep the floor clear. As much as possible, try not to store loose items on the floor. Shoes can go on shelves (you can get simple, stackable ones from Target for between $10 and $15 each).
  • Arrange folded clothing by category. Nice, clean lines create an aesthetically pleasing look.
  • Hang as much as you can. This helps clear drawer space and gives you a better idea of what you have.
  • Purchase matching hangers. It’s amazing what this simple step can do. You can get a pack of 10 plastic hangers for under $1.50 at Target, so it’s a low-cost/high-impact purchase. There are also more formal alternatives (beautiful wood hangers, or if space is an issue, try the soft, black slimline hangers from Costco or Target)..
  • Organize hanging clothing by color, style, and length. Start left to right and hang up clothing (all facing the same direction) by color. You can use the rainbow pattern (Red-Orange-Yellow-Green-Blue-Indigo-Violet) and start with tank tops, then short sleeves, then long sleeves, etc. I have mine broken down into dressy and casual sections as well. I keep sweaters and jackets in their own categories.
  • Store loose items in bins. Depending on your style and budget, you can use anything from simple white plastic bins (Target’s kitchen section has the sturdy ones pictured for $3-$5) to decorative canvas to wicker baskets. Make some cute tags to ensure things return to their proper home.

This sounds incredibly obvious, but that last point is probably the greatest key to staying organized: make sure everything has a specific place, and simply return it when done. We all know it (in theory), but the difference comes in actually taking the extra few seconds or minutes to do it!

Organization can help free you to spend your time on more important things. So carve out a little space in your calendar, start organizing, and enjoy your beautifully finished product! (And maybe treat yourself to that pumpkin spice latte when you’re done!)

Bethany Nicholson | New Song Spring Hill

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