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Organizing Your Closet

Take these Steps to Maximize Your Closet Space & Minimize Clutter

I know you’ve heard it said before- you only wear twenty percent of the clothes in your closet. I hate to say it again, but it’s true. Time and time again I see people with jam packed closets and dresser drawers, but when it comes down to it, they have their two favorite pairs of jeans, the one or two pajamas they wear every night, and the same t-shirt that they work out in because it’s the most comfortable they own. Let’s not deny that it’s true. If you had to give it all up and only pack one suitcase full of clothes that you were allowed to keep, you could do it. Now, I’m not saying go throw out all your clothes; what I am saying is simplify your closets and dresser drawers. Be truly honest with yourself and let these be the questions you use to make your decisions while organizing your closet:


For Clothes:

1.        When was the last time I wore this?

2.        Do I look fabulous in this?

3.        Does it make me feel like a million bucks?

4.        Is it super comfortable? Does it fit me perfectly?

5.        Is this in style?

6.        Is this faded or washed out?

7.        Is this torn, stained, or ripped?

8.        Do I wear this once a week or at least every other week?

9.        If I missed this, could I replace it and find something similar in the stores?

10.     How many other clothing items I own  look similar to this one?

For Shoes:

1.        Do these shoes make my feet hurt?

2.        Are the heels too worn down?

3.        Are these shoes too scuffed up?

Of course, these questions apply to different clothing items. Your socks will never make you feel like a million bucks, but the cocktail dress you’re keeping, should. You get the point.

To keep your closet organized ,try to go through your closet during each season. If that’s too much to ask, every six months can suffice. After simplifying, what do you do with your unwanted clothes? You can offer them to friends or family, or take them to the nearest charity, but another alternative in Chicago is Dress for Success. They help women interview and land jobs, not only by educating them but giving them suits or business clothes that can help them along in their job search. Check out their site for more details and the Chicago branch location.

Besides downsizing and simplifying, the right organizational products make a huge difference while organizing closets. I really believe that there are two places in your home where it helps to spend a little extra money on great organizing products. Those spaces are your kitchen cabinets and your closets. So this list covers the basics. 

Closet Organizing Products

  • If you have empty space below your clothes and need extra hanging room use a double hang rod
  • Over the door pocket shoe organizers are a must for adults and kids. They not only hold shoes, but can store scarves, nylons, tights, socks, and just about anything.
  • Cap racks are great way to organize your husband’s or son’s collection of baseball caps
  • Easily match up your jewelry with the perfect outfit by hanging necklaces and bracelets right inside your closet on the wall. Install simple decorative hooks found at your local hardware store or Target.
  • Containerize fancy purses or wraps and off season accessories, placing them on high shelves in your closet.
  • If you have more closet space then dresser space, hanging sweater bags will do the trick. They are cloth pockets that hang from the pole. You can not only use these for sweaters but work out clothes or pajamas. Anything light.
  • Designate a spot for dry cleaning and mending. A separate is all it takes. 
  • Buy different colored hangers for family members if spouses or kids share closets. That makes it easy to identify whose clothes are whose.
  • Finally, uniform hangers really do make your closet feel clean and organized. Do away with the dry cleaner, wire hangers and spruce up your closet. My favorite hangers save a ton space!

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