Do you ever open your closet and think “I have nothing to wear!” even though there is no shortage of clothing, shoes and accessories? It’s easy to let the bedroom closet get out of control and filled to the point of bursting. If our closet is unorganized and cluttered we tend to reach for the same clothes week in and week out, and it feels like we never have anything to wear. Here are a few simple, budget-friendly ideas to help you sort through the clutter, get organized and break out of the “nothing to wear” cycle!
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1. Play dress up!
Take some time to play dress up in your own closet. Don’t worry, you don’t have to do it all in one day. Schedule time in your calendar and try on every item including all of your accessories (shoes, belts, scarves & jewelry). If there is something that you wear regularly and you know you love it, then go ahead and put it in your “keep” pile. There will definitely be some items that you haven’t worn in awhile. You definitely need to try these items on. If it fits and you love it, hang it back up (see tip 3 & 4 before hanging items back up). Anything that doesn’t fit or you don’t love, add to a donate bag and move on to the next item. Anything that you love but needs repairs or alterations, put it in a bag and arrange to take it to a tailor or seamstress. Put your donation and repair bags into your car right away so that they are out of your closet and you don’t forget to drop them off.
2. Move out of season clothes
If you are lacking space in your closet, remove out of season items to instantly declutter and create more space. Use under the bed storage bins (like this one from Canadian Tire). In the market for a new bed? Choose one that has under-the-bed storage so that you can use this space! Another great out-of-sight storage space for these items is inside any luggage that you won’t be using. If you don’t have a separate space to store your out of season clothing, then put all the items together at one end of your closet so that they are not mixed in with your current season’s clothes.
3. Sort by category and colour
We hate to state the obvious, but doing this will make a huge difference in helping to organize your closet. Hang your dresses together, pants together, shirts together etc. It will save time each day and will make it so much easier to find your favourite shirts or jeans. Take it up an organizing level and organize each type of clothing by colour within its category.
4. Turn your hangers around
You put in all the work to sort through your clothing, and kept the things you love. Let’s make sure you wear them! Turn all of your clothes hangers backwards. Once you wear an item hang it back the right way. Try to make yourself select clothes each day from a hanger that hasn’t been turned around yet. After some time has passed (we recommend 12 months), if your hanger is still turned backwards, it’s time to donate the clothing item.
5. Don’t forget the shoes, purses & accessories
These are sometimes the hardest things to store but there are some great options that can make it a breeze. There are so many ways to store shoes that we wrote an entire blog post about it here. Organize purses by colour and by size on a shelf or in an over the door organizer. For higher end purses and shoes, use nice cloth bags or boxes to help protect them. You can use an organizer for belts, ties and scarves that hangs from the door, a hook or the closet rod. Keep necklaces from tangling by hanging them in a jewelry armoire, a jewelry tree (like this one from Umbra – available on Amazon) or by using a hanging organizer in your closet. Rings and earrings can go in jewelry trays, an armoire, or in a hanging jewelry organizer.
6. Custom Closets
Having custom closets built can help you get organized easily as well. Custom closets can be tailored to your specific needs and the cost can be based on your budget and the quality of workmanship. I installed a new closet system in my walk-in closet (bought at Home Depot). Here’s a picture I took to show you part of the closet system.
PART OF MY CLOSET
We love before and after photos like these ones of a closet designed by decorator Natalie Cox from Natalie Cox Design and CPI Interiors. What a transformation! For more of Natalie Cox’s interior decorating photos, click here.
7. Let us organize for you!
Don’t have time or the energy to tackle this organizing job? We love to organize and can help you with this project. Our organizers can help you sort through the clutter and get organized. We’ll set up your closet in an easy to maintain way that will help you get the most out of your wardrobe. We can even take your donation pile to a local charity when we leave! Contact us at 613-899-4590 for a consult.