How to: Organize Your Closet by Morgan McKnight

How To: Organize Your Closet
Morgan McKnight

“I like my money hanging right where I can see it…hanging in my closet.” –Carrie Bradshaw

On a serious note, Americans in general spend quite a bit on clothing, shoes, and jewelry. That being said, why do we allow our closets to look like a tornado-zone when that’s where a lot of our money is technically “located”? The obvious answer–because its a pain in the rear to put it back on the hanger like we found it. Duh.

No worries, I’m guilty of pitching a shirt onto the floor when it doesn’t work with my outfit, or tossing my nice shoes into the closet after a long day on my feet. It’s normal! However, if your closet is literally busting at the seams and you have mountains of clothes on your floor, it might be time to rethink your organization strategy.

I have many friends with crazy closets. Mine, on the other hand, is organized by color and type. It’s not perfect, but its always easy to find exactly what I’m looking for. In high school, I used to organize a couple of my friends’ closets for them for extra cash now and then. Here are a few of my tips for closets, and hopefully they will help your closet, too.

All it takes is a minute (or two)
I read a Life Hack on Twitter a couple of months ago that has helped me so much with any type of cleaning, but it is especially relevant for closets. The hack states that if there is something you see that can be done in 2 minutes or less, you should take care of that task right when you see it. What’s the reasoning there? Well, if you do little 2 minute tasks as you see them, the 2 minute tasks never build up to a 1 hour task. I know, it sounds ridiculous. Try it for one day and see how productive you are, I dare you.

Will I really wear this again?
Now for the age-old dilemma: I’ve had these jeans since freshman year of college, and I haven’t worn them in years, but they were super expensive and I might be able to fit back into them…eventually. The real question to look at here is how many years have you said that about those jeans? The truth of the matter is if you haven’t worn an item of clothing in a full year, you probably won’t miss it if you drop it at the consignment shop. If you’re still having difficulties cutting ties, try it on! If you like the way it looks, keep it. If you don’t feel comfortable going in public in it, ditch it!

Color Coordination
Once you’ve gotten your closet clean and gotten rid of some old pieces you no longer need, get it organized! As I mentioned earlier, I like the color-coordination approach. I have a section for shirts/dresses, tanks, pants and t-shirts. All are arranged by color as they go down the rack. Not only is it extremely easy to find exactly what you need, but it’s pretty to look at, too.
Maintain, Maintain, Maintain!
After the closet is organized, you have a lovely finished product! But the work is not done yet, as weekly maintenance is required. Remember, if you can pick up a little bit in your closet each day, it will not turn into a monstrous task. Part of maintenance is finding out what works for you. If the color-coordinating is not you’re thing, swap it around and figure out what is.

Stuff that makes my life easier (and your’s too!)
I also highly recommend a shoe organizer of some sort. It gets the shoes off the floor and keeps them in decent condition. If you are a jewelry hoarder like me, a jewelry organizer is also a life-saver. I recently put push pins in an empty wall of my closet to hang my big necklaces. They do not get knotted and I can grab them quickly to coordinate with outfits in the mornings. I am anxious to try a new tip I saw on Pinterest. You can use these new boot hangers with clips to hang boots right on the rack. It keeps them upright so they do not droop while not being worn. Nifty!

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