School, work, family, friends, relationships all take a toll on our daily lives—the last thing anyone likes doing is cleaning. On those rare occasions where you’re forced to confront your bedroom floor that is covered with your clothing from the week, hair care products, and 10 extra pairs of shoes (that you tried on but never wore), you may end up tossing it all to your closet to deal with another day. As weeks turn into months, your closet usually just gets fuller, and believe me this happens to the best of us. However, that dreaded closet only adds to your daily stress levels, when you can’t find that cute cardigan that’s perfect for your white dress, or those matching polka-dot heels for your sweater.Also Read - Want to Switch to Sustainable Living? Here Are 5 Easy Ways to do it
The frustration of owning things but being unable to locate them is quite overwhelming, so it’s time to tame the beast and take your wardrobe back! Also Read - Shoe Anatomy 101: Choosing The Right Running Shoes
1. Clean and Toss!
This is probably the most tedious part of organizing your closet, but you need, to begin with cleaning. Take two days out of your social calendar/busy work schedule and lock yourself in your room and power through it. If you haven’t worn it in the last two years, chances are, you’re never going to. Everything you do not wear, donate! Don’t become a hoarder, if it’s a “goal” dress that you’ve had since early college, it’s time to get rid of it because it’s probably out of style even if it fits now. Once you’ve distinguished between the clutter and your wardrobe you can move on to the nitty-gritty of it. Also Read - Pregnant Neha Dhupia Does Natarajasna Like a Pro, Sets Major Fitness Goals
Yes, everyone has hangers, but I’m not talking about those plastic black hangers that come with your clothes from the store when the sales associate is too lazy to take them off—it’s time to buy real hangers. This will save you future frustration when those cheap hangers break in the morning as you’re rummaging through outfits, unable to decide. This will also keep your clothes from falling to the floor as you tornado through at 6 a.m. to get ready for work. Flimsy hangers double your work and are bad for the clothes that you cherish. Hangers will also simplify your cleaning/organizing routine because hanging takes seconds in comparison to folding, this may even prompt you to keep up with your clean closet.
Hooks will be your new best friend. Attach different sized hooks at different height levels in accessible places in your closet. If you have a door that leads to your closet, attach them to the inside of the door, or get an over-the-door hook rack, and make use of them as you wish. Give your wristlets and belts a new home. The varying sizes will allow them to become multipurpose, so you can hang robes and scarves on your door now.
You can even take your necklaces out of the box and put them on display with hooks on the wall. This will also serve as a quick and easy reminder of the things you own, what’s the point of having good taste if you can’t flaunt it because you don’t know where anything is!
- Hanger Hooks: Get large silver metal hooks that can be hung on your clothing rod (they’re thicker and more sturdy than the heads of hangers). Next, take your extra-large and medium sized purses that are normally on the floor of your living room, bedroom, or closet, and hang them all up! Again, take care of the things you spend your money on and now you have a way to do so!
No matter how tiny, every closet has room for shelves! Measure the space your specific closet has and head to your local hardware store. Buy a few pieces of wood, nails, a small can of paint and go to town! Use the color of the shelves to give your closet some style and flavor! Who cares if you’re the only one looking at it, you spend so much time in there anyways, might as well make it eye candy for yourself while you increase your space!
You’ll watch it transform from that “pile of stuff” to an organized, neat, and most importantly, your own personal work of art. Once that paint is dry and the shelves are securely fastened, start placing, stacking, folding, and arranging on your new shelf space!
- Shelf Dividers: If you already have shelves, or these are your new works of art, shelf dividers are always useful! You can put your extra clothing, like sweats, pajamas, hoodies, on top of these shelves, and the dividers will prevent everything from shifting over and ending up in one big pile that’s just mocking all of your hard work. Insert these dividers to organize the size of the spaces you want on top of your shelves. Then stand back and marvel at how neat everything looks!
5. Plastic Shoe Boxes
Retire that old plastic canvas hanging shoe rack. It may have been inexpensive, but be honest with yourself, shoes are constantly falling out of it, you can barely tell what’s what, and heels/wedges just don’t fit right. Instead, invest in clear plastic shoe boxes that stack together, so again, you can see the things you own. It will prevent your shoes from being squashed and shoved into slots they do not fit into!
6. Hanging Boots
No matter what kind of storage bin you attempt to use, it’s almost impossible to find the right fit for all of your rain boots, going out boots, fall boots, winter boots, booties, etc. So an alternative measure is to install metal shoe rack affixes onto your closet walls, place your boots on these and they will hold your boots off the ground and neatly store them. Unlike other racks, these won’t add any pressure or weight to your boots so they will remain unharmed and in great condition!
7. Drawer Space
The number one issue of many bedrooms, especially if you’re new to cohabitating, is drawer space! This part is fun, not only will you be maximizing space but you can do so at your own leisure. Measure how much space you have and head to your favorite container store and find drawers that match your motif. If this is too expensive of an option, head to an antique store and buy drawers that are semi-falling apart and like the shelves turn this into a project! Head to Home Depot, get some new paint and any other crafts that you would like to jazz up your closet. Finally, place your drawers under your hung clothing to give yourself more room for clothes that cannot be hung, such as additional sweatpants, winter socks, guest towels, etc.
8. Step Stool
Keep a small step-stool in your closet which can allow the building possibilities to be endless. This will enable you to reach your newly added high shelves and hooks effortlessly! This minor addition will provide access to every aspect of your efficient, stylish, and organized wardrobe!