Take Your Closet from Crazy to Organized

Take Your Closet from Crazy to Organized!

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I am so pleased and excited to share this guest post with you. Victoria is a girl after my own organized heart. Those of you who know me well may even wonder, “is there really a Victoria?” while you read this post! I guarantee you, she is real, check out her blog and see for yourself!

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Victoria is a new blogger over at One Sharp Mama. During the week, Monday thru Friday she is a Sonographer at an outpatient radiology office. She has a fairy tale husband and is a mother to a beautiful young daughter and a spunky 7-year-old pup. She loves sharing her stories on parenting, infertility, organization, and some of her favorite recipes. If you enjoy reading this post on tips to organize your clothes closet, make sure to check out the rest of her posts at One Sharp Mama.

Today, I would love to share some tips on how to turn an unorganized, stressful, crazy clothes closet into an organized, relaxing closet to get ready in, in the morning. Our clothes closet is something that I’ve always been super OCD and paranoid about. It’s funny that I’m so particular about the closet organization because I’m not up to date with fashion. I don’t care that much about what I am wearing most days.

I don’t care too much if my clothes are from this year or ten years ago. In fact, I have some martial arts tournament shirts that are well over ten years old. What can I say? They’re the most comfortable things I own. The vintage feel of t-shirts comes back in style every so often, so at least I’m good then, right? πŸ˜‰ Style is something that I know I’m not a pro at and I’m first to admit that. However, I still have to have a well put together closet and I’m so excited to share my tips on how we keep our walk-in closet nice and organized.

We have a beautiful walk-in closet in our master bedroom. My husband and I both share this walk-in closet and we even have a little area for our daughter’s clothes. Her room is on the second floor and it has just been easier to keep her clothes that are her current size, down in our room so we have them at easy access to where we are most of the day.Β 

Tips to Organize Your Clothes ClosetTake Your Closet from Crazy to Organized!

Find and use a built in organizer to organize clothes.

Honestly, the built-in closet organizer and size of the walk-in closet was one of the things that sold me on our house. We knew after walking through our house the first time, that this was the one we wanted to buy. Living at our last house, my husband used the closet in our bedroom. My clothes were next door, in the spare bedroom closet. We were exploding at the seams and this was a way to fix our small living space. I LOVE this built-in organizer and was super happy that we wouldn’t have to go looking for one.

 

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When we were on the house hunt, I was finding that a lot of closets had these built-ins, I was so excited. This has made organizing our closet a lot easier. Everything is easily accessible and you can see where everything is. We are able to keep all of our clothing, for all of Maryland’s crazy seasons right here. You never know what kind of weather you’re going to get here. So, it’s nice to have your long pants, shorts and dresses all in one area- as you could be wearing each of those outfits in the same week- here in LOVELY Maryland.

Use storage cubes.

It kills me that our storage cubes aren’t all matching, but, I’m trying to let that go. That’s part of my OCD kicking in. I just have to remind myself that they are serving a purpose other than looking pretty. We use the storage cubes in the organizer to keep things together that don’t sit well by themselves on the shelves. Or to keep certain things hidden from the public eye, like underwear. This helps all the shelves be used to full capacity. Plus, it makes things look more organized and sleek.

 

Designate sides of the closet as His and Hers.

This seemed like a simple thing to me, but, I was surprised to find out how many people just mix and match clothes closet space. If we did that, I would lose half of my clothes. The hubs doesn’t care as much about the organizational process as I do. I often have to reorganize his side, mainly for my visual pleasure, but, sometimes so he can get to the clothes he has moved all over the place and can’t seem to find when he needs them. If my stuff was thrown into his mixed up mess, I’d never be able to find what I was looking for.

Organize clothing by color.

I’ve done this for as long as I can remember. First off, it is very visually appealing to the eye, when you walk into a closet and all the hanging clothes are sorted by colors. This makes finding that red shirt that I want to wear with these leggings so much easier and quicker. It takes an extra minute or so when you’re putting laundry away to make sure that it goes in the right spot, but, it saves you more time in the long run when you’re rushing to find a specific top to wear on another day.

 

Take Your Closet from Crazy to Organized!

Β Organize clothing by season.

Like I said, I’ve always sorted by color, plus, I have always sorted by season. I tend to keep all of the clothing in visible areas. As I said before, you never know what you’ll need with our State’s crazy weather. So, when you see my area of the closet for tops, you’ll see it sorted by color first. Then, each color is sorted by sleeve length- tank top to long sleeves. This makes finding that specific short-sleeved red top that you were looking for earlier– even EASIER to find now!

 

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Keep hangers out when folding laundry.

Starting out prepared makes it a lot easier to keep organized. When I grab my load of laundry from the dryer, I grab some hangers and plop on the couch, so I can separate clothing as I go. My pile, his pile, undergarments, work clothes, and then tops or clothing that needs to be hung up. I keep my hangers at an arm’s distance and place each of them on their hangers, ready to go. This makes hanging them up and sorting them faster and easier. I always keep the used/extra hangers at the beginning of each closet area so they’re easy to find and I don’t have to sort through the clothes already hanging up.

BONUS TIP: To help go through your clothing throughout the year, flip each hanger backward at the beginning of the year. As you wear the item, you may return the hanger to its normal position. Any hangers still flipped backward at the end of the season, or end of the year are clothes you haven’t worn that season or year. You should go through these specific items and decide if it’s time to donate or sell them. This will help you keep track of clothing you think you are wearing but are not.

I hope these tips help you get that closet under control. I know having an organized, put together closet makes getting ready faster and easier in the morning. I need all the help I can get in the morning, especially during the week when I’m trying to get ready for work and get my 6 month old ready to head out the door to Gigi’s house. We’d love to hear the tips and tricks you use to help keep that closet visually appealing and easy to work with.

Thanks again for reading this post and I’d love for you to share how you keep your closets and clothes nice and organized! Β Leave a comment below to share your tips and tricks with us!Β 

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Take Your Closet from Crazy To Organized!
Take Your Closet from Crazy to Organized

Posted May 19, 2017 by Lisa in Create Space, Organize / 49 Comments

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49 responses to “Take Your Closet from Crazy to Organized!

  1. We added on recently a new master and closet. The downfall of my oversized walk-in… More room for a mess. My 8 year old actually organized my vanity recently. I get everything all put away and organized, but it seems it never lasts long. One of my weaknesses…

    • Thanks for stopping by Alissa. Organizing is an ongoing project with children in the house. You must be thrilled to have your new master and closet! Congrats!!

  2. Kaylee

    These are all great tips, I love the built in space. I think the two most important things for a house is the kitchen and closet space.

  3. Yes! I need these tips because I’m going into Narnia I mean my closet today for a clean out! Also, I saw a hack where you can use a can tab on a hanger in order to hang another hanger on it, so that saves space too. Doing that with my hoodies!

    • Hi Adriana, hopefully you can implement some of Victoria’s excellent ideas and get that. Loser under control. Reduce your stress :).

  4. Organization is a must, and for the Closet, the need is, even more, 😜 liked your post and good tips shared there dear. Will apply them right away for my Closet as well 😍

    • Hi Nicole, organizing by color helps me choose my outfit speedier in the morning as I can quickly find coordinating items. Let me know how it works out for you!

  5. I love your ideas and looking at your well-organised closet. Unfortunately, my lovely partner is an absolute nightmare with organising and packing away so will see if I can use some ideas to straighten HIM up! LOL

    • Thanks for taking a few minutes check out this guest post, Rosalie. You have inspired me to write a post on how to get one’s partner to follow our organization strategies!

  6. Kay

    I needed these tips! Definitely a mess in my closet and every time I look at it I want to organize it but never know where to start.

  7. I’m really not that organized when it comes to my closet. I tend to just fold things in baskets and leave it at that. However, this will come in handy when I actually get off my duff and finally organize it.

  8. I am constantly arguing with my closet. Whoever built my closet clearly did not wear clothes! It drives me crazy. These are great tips! I agree with organizing by season. I’ve ended up having to use another closet in the house to store out of season garments, I swap them back and forth when the seasons change.

  9. You’ve inspired me to finally tackle our closet makeover. I like the idea of organizing by color — I’ve always just done it by style.

    • Hi Marie, good luck with the makeover, it is a lot of work but so worth it. I would love to see your before and after pictures!

  10. Loved this post! You ladies sure have a gift for organizing. ☺️ I am totally jealous of that master closet – ours is tiiiiiny. Out-of-season clothes even have to go in bins in the basement!

    • That is marvellous! Great job on clearing out things you don’t need and donating them. It makes it easier to choose an outfit when your closet is just filled with clothes that fit and that you like!

  11. The flipping of the hangar is genius! I have so many pieces I never wear but I’m always like “ohh I’ll wear it soon…” haha, I need something concrete telling me that I don’t wear it, and it needs to go!

  12. Ken

    There’s a lot of this that I already do yet there’s still clutter. I’m actually scared to get those storage cubes because I’m sure I will never touch what I throw in there…haha. Nice ideas though, I’ll start with the folding of shirts and organize by color because I’m always scrambling. Thanks.

  13. Very handy post Lisa! Definitely need to get some closet-organizing done… just keep putting it off haha. Very curious btw about those martial art tournament t-shirts πŸ˜‰

  14. Great tips even for someone as hopelessly disorganised as me ! I think I need a bigger closet. I throw out stuff but I am still a slight mess . I need to get some storage cubes πŸ™‚

  15. Thanks for the great tips Lisa! Totally agree with the storage cube idea, they are life savers! Really love the hanger turning idea, I’ll definitely give that a go.

  16. I would be a mess without the organizers in my closet! I also like the idea of organizing your clothes by color; it would be both visually appealing and easier to find what you want to wear!