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Step 1: Gather & Declutter
To kickstart your wardrobe closet organization, begin by gathering all items from your closet and sorting them into categories such as tops, bottoms, dresses, etc. Yep. You heard me EVERYTHING! I know this process is tedious, but trust me, decluttering first makes a significant difference in the overall organization process. Need help with where to start in your closet? Get my Decluttering Checklist to help you walk through this process! I have a few different versions so check out my shop to pick your favorite.
Take the time to evaluate each item and decide whether to keep, donate, sell, or discard it. Release items that no longer fit, are worn out, or don’t align with your personal style. If an item needs to be mended or tailored, consider if you will actually fix it or take it to a tailor. If you won’t, you guessed it, it’s time to part with it.
Step 2: Map It & Place It
Now, I’d like us to pause and consider the functionality of your closet. Reflect on your daily dressing routine and plan your closet accordingly. For example, I like to organize hanging clothes in the order of the human body. So, I like to hang tops, dresses, sweaters, jackets on the top hanging clothes bar. The bottom clothing rod is reserved for pants, shorts, skirts. For shoes, I like to use a combo of categories + which shoes are worn the most and needed every day. It’s an art, not a science, so feel free to play around with aesthetics, categories, and levels.
Next, place all the items you’re keeping in their newly designated homes, aka zones, within your closet.
Here are some pro-tips to help you map out & organize your wardrobe closet efficiently:
- Utilize vertical space: Maximize the use of vertical space in your wardrobe closet. Install shelves or use hanging organizers to create additional storage options. You can use shelf dividers to separate different categories or stack folded items neatly on the shelves.
- Arrange by color or style: Organize your clothes within each category by color or style. This can make it easier to coordinate outfits and find specific items quickly. You can follow a gradient pattern, from light to dark or group similar colors together.
- Rotate seasonal items: If you have limited closet space, consider rotating your seasonal clothing. Store out-of-season items in a separate storage area to free up space for current season clothes. If you have a larger budget for wardrobe storage, I highly recommend Garde Robe. Their services are top notch, and they store your clothes at museum-level quality. Tell them I sent you!
Step 3: Add Style!
I love transforming closets into personalized boutiques for my clients, where the clothes, shoes, and accessories are curated just for them. Here’s how to add beautiful style to your closet and create a space that makes you shine.
Invest in Storage Solutions:
Consider purchasing storage solutions such as baskets, bins, or drawer dividers to keep small items like socks, belts, or accessories organized. Clear containers or labeled boxes can help you see what’s inside without rummaging through everything.
Use Uniform Hangers:
Replace mismatched hangers with uniform ones to create a neater and more streamlined look. Slim hangers or velvet-covered hangers can help save space and prevent clothes from slipping off. Here are some of my favorite hangers:
Add an Element of Display:
Splurge on fun ways to display your accessories! I love to showcase hats, wallets, purses, shoes, jewelry, memorabilia, and artwork. If aesthetics are important to you, this is a must. There are tons of ideas on Pinterest or Instagram, but here are some of my favorites!
Label or tag:
Use labels or tags to identify different sections or containers in your wardrobe closet. This can help you maintain organization and easily find what you’re looking for. You can DIY your labels simply with a label maker or with chalk labels and a chalk pen or you can spend a bit more money and create them with your Cricut or purchase customized labels from Etsy creators.
- Here are some great closet themed labels I love and have used several times with clients.
Re-Design Your Closet System:
One of the best ways to turn your outdated, drab closet into a trendy, curated boutique is to re-design your closet with a beautiful and functional system. I recently had the privilege of working in a newly designed closet by Inspired Closets. They got everything right. From the perfect width of the shelves to the right amount of hanging storage, organizing my client’s items was easy. I highly recommend them! Tell them I referred you.
Remember, organizing your wardrobe closet is a personal process, so feel free to customize these tips to suit your preferences and needs. Have fun on this journey of transforming your closet into a clutter-free and stylish space!
Don’t want to organize your closet by yourself? Book a free assessment today! I do virtual and in-person organizing, so no matter where you are, I can help you achieve wardrobe closet perfection.