For many of us, a new year means taking the time to tackle our homes with a solid Marie Kondo-inspired declutter: It’s out with the things that don’t spark joy, and in with harmonious organization. If this is you, then we have to talk about one of the hardest spaces to organize — your closet.
Home to all sorts of garments spanning years of different trends and strange cuts, your wardrobe is one of the easiest places to turn into a chaotic mess where we’re sure you’ll be able to find things you purchased years ago but haven’t worn since.
Because sorting through a well-stuffed wardrobe can be a daunting task, we enlisted the help of organizing expert Nina Rosace of Home Sorted to share her tips for a well-organized wardrobe that will make dressing that much quicker and create more room in your closet.
1. Sort through your clothes.
Sort through your wardrobe with the objective of removing unwanted and unnecessary clothes. Begin by pulling everything out of your wardrobe and placing it all on the bed. By getting a clear visual on the sheer volume of things you own, you’ll be able to more accurately gauge whether or not having three pants in the same style, cut, and color is really necessary.
Keep ample garbage bags on hand, and sort them as: keep, donate, and trash. Donating your clothes is a great way to breathe life into your belongings — but just make sure they’re still in a reasonably good condition before you hand them over. Keep your clothes sorted into those three categories, and you’ll see your mountain of garments quickly dwindle.
After your clothes are dealt with, move on and tackle your shoes and accessories with the same approach. A general (and brutal) rule to follow, is that if you haven’t worn something for six months, it’s time to donate the item to a charity or send it to the trash.
2. Store seasonal and bulky items.
Seasonal items take up a lot of necessary space in your wardrobe. Consider storing them in vacuum seal bags and then stacking them on the top shelves of your wardrobe or in another room of your home. Not only do vacuum bags take up less space, they are also great for keeping out dust and bugs. You can also store bulky items in a spare wardrobe if you have access to one.
3. Rearrange clothes by frequency of use.
Now that you’ve reduced the quantity of clothes, it’s time to refill your wardrobe. Keep your wardrobe organized and easy to use by grouping your clothes by type both from a style perspective (pant, dress, skirt, etc.), and an occasions perspective. You don’t want to reach into the business casual section and pull out an outfit that’s more suited for the beach!
Start at one end of your hanging space and hang small items such as tops, shorts, and skirts, and then work your way towards larger items such as pants and dresses. Use this method for shoes and accessories, too. Push your spring and summer shoes to the front of your shoe rack and winter shoes to the back. You’ll save time having everything you need arranged for their frequency of use.
4. Return everything to its place.
Your goal is to be able to see everything inside your wardrobe upon opening its doors. Keep your wardrobe sorted by returning everything to its place after use and after washing. It sounds simple, because it is! The few minutes it takes to return your clothes to their rightful place works wonders in maintaining an organized wardrobe. Create good habits and a sorted wardrobe will follow!
This post was written by Nina Rosace. For more, check out our sister site, Homes to Love.