Tackling your closet is a very hard task and it takes a lot of courage to even consider doing it; especially when you have a closet overflowing with stuff!!! I do not organise my closet that often but when I do, I go all out. I cannot understand how a closet can get so messy or how I manage to accumulate so many things in such a short span of time. Either way, it feels sooo good to clear out my closet and organise it again from the very beginning. I feel like a clean, tidy closet makes me feel like my whole life is in order (even though we all know it’s not).
Alex and I just barely bought our wardrobes a few days ago and up until that point, I had clothes everywhereee. Of course, I did not have nearly enough space to keep my stuff and for the most part, I was just living out of my suitcase. However, that is all in the past. Now I can finally live like a normal person being again, whose coats are hanging nicely in the closet and sweaters and jeans are all nicely folded away in the drawers. Knowing how tiring, time-consuming, and sometimes even boring, a closet clear-out can be, I wanted to write this blog post and give you 5 simple steps to follow in order to organise your closet in the most efficient way possible.
STEP 1: Get EVERYTHING out of your closet and put it in a huge pile on your bed (or floor if it works better for you). This will allow you to see all the closet space you actually have available so that you can make the best use out of it! This will also remind you of how many or how little clothes you have and if you have to go do some shopping or if you have to donate 5 bags to a charity shop and take a break from using your credit card.
STEP 2: This is the most fun step of them all! This is the part where you actually have to start going through clothes and decide what you are actually going to keep and what you are not. Make three piles: one with the clothes you will keep, one with the ones you will donate, and one with the ones that are so old that just have to get thrown away. I feel like this is where most of us struggle the most! I have suchhhh a hard time getting rid of things, however, once I do it I feel so much better. I do not have any rules in place as to how I go about this but basically, if it is something very basic like a t-shirt or a sweatshirt which I have not worn in over a year then it has to go. For nicer clothes like a dress or a pair of trousers, I only get rid of if I have not worn them in over two years (or a really long time anyway). I think most people say, if you have not worn it in 6 months, then it has to go, however, I find that that rule does not work for me.
STEP 3: I think this step might not apply to everyone but I always like to do it. So with all the clothes, you decided that you are keeping, separate them into summer or winter wardrobe. All the clothes that are off-season, put them away at the very top shelves.
STEP 4: Hang up all your coats and jackets and then depending on how much more space you have, hang your dresses, jumpsuits, shirts, long skirts and/or any other clothes you have to crease easily.
STEP 5: Now start folding alll the clothes that you have left and put them in categories so that they are tidy and easy to find. Some of the categories I have are jeans, t-shirts, leggings/workout clothes, ‘going out’ bottoms (skirts/trousers/leggings), hoodies/sweatshirts, nice tops, knitwear etc.
And this is pretty much what I follow to organise my closet. This time it has been particularly hard because obviously, I had to share almost half of the space with Alex, however, I am proud I made it all work! I mean my sweaters’ drawer is still overflowing but that is only because they are winter items and take up a lot of space.😇 Thank you for reading and I hope that you found this post helpful! Good luck with your closet organisation mission.