Not everyone is naturally Martha Stewart when it comes to home organization. We all have to start somewhere, so let’s start with beginner closet organization tips!
I’ve realized that whenever I write a new blog post, I often make some random food or home decor confession. Today is no exception friends! Yet again, I have a confession to make. I’m secretly a closet junkie (gasp!). I know some of you out there may be slightly confused as to what a closet junkie is. Well, let me tell you. I, Alexa Mendoza, am quite an organized person. In fact, I often esteem myself on my organization and neatness. However, as of late, with the busy-ness of school, work, organizations, and fitness classes, I have been slowly but surely neglecting the cleanliness of my own room.
Let me just tell you that I’m not a huge fan of clutter. So, what do I do whenever I’m studying and there is clutter all around me? Well, I’m almost ashamed to say, but I’ve literally been throwing everything in a nice little pile on the floor of my closet. In one quick movement, presto, clutter is gone! The problem with that kind of “organization” is that, although everything seems clean, over time that little pile in your closet is going to grow and you’re going to have an even bigger mess to deal with. So let’s bring an end to the tyranny of our secret closet messes! I’m coming out with all the junk in my closet and I’m saying, “Yes!” to a new, cleaner beginning.
Need closet organization ideas for small closets? I’ve got you covered. Worried about closet organization on a budget? Not to worry! Here’s my plan of attack against the clutter monster living in my closet.
1. Minimize Stuff
I’ll be the first to admit that I have A TON of stuff—art supplies, clothes, random doodads and decorations, and other “important” things that I’m saving for a day when I’ll “need” them. I’d like to clarify that I’m not a pack rat… NOT one bit! However, since moving out of my parents’ house into my new apartment, I’m realizing the majority of the stuff that I had spread all throughout their house doesn’t quite fit into the storage space of my apartment bedroom. Plus, I don’t think my roommates would appreciate having my stuff everywhere! So out of respect, I’ve crammed more stuff than one room can handle into my bedroom.
If you’ve ever watched Clean House or any other home organization TV show, you know that the first step to cleanliness, specifically in regards to closet organization, is getting rid of clothes or (let’s be blunt) junk that we may be holding on to. If I can do it, so can you! The first thing you can do for easy closet organization is get rid of clothes that you no longer wear and donate them to your local Goodwill or any non-profit that takes clothes. See, looky there! Cleaning and getting rid of stuff can also be rewarding!
This closet organization tip is the hardest in my personal opinion. Getting rid of clothes can feel like ripping off a Band-Aid. It’s best done quick and easy. My biggest suggestion in getting through this step is really thinking about how often you wear a certain article of clothing. If you haven’t worn that shirt in a year, maybe it’s time to throw it out. Better yet, why not turn your closet cleansing into a social event. Invite friends over, turn on some tunes, and have a clothing swap party. Get rid of things that you don’t wear much anymore and trade with friends for clothes they don’t wear as often. Anything left over, get rid of ASAP. (One word friends: DONATE!)
2. Uniformity is Bliss
I used to go to a private school growing up, so I know what it’s like to always have to wear uniforms. I know that uniforms are not fun. However, when it comes to closet organization, uniformity is absolutely necessary! It makes seeing everything so much easier and accessing your clothes so much faster. If you have closet organization drawers, put like clothes with like clothes. I know this is something that is very commonsensical; however, I know it’s an issue that some face (me being one of those people!). Being busy, I know how tempting it can be to just toss all your random clothes into random drawers. Trust me when I say that once you put like clothes with like clothes and keep everything organized, picking outfits will be so much faster! And, you’ll be able to find that one pair of shorts you want to wear quickly and easily because you know exactly where they should be!
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I think two of the easiest ways to make clothes in your closet uniform are pairing things by color or matching by sleeve length. Closet organization by color is one of the best tips I can give you. I love when things are color-coded! When following this closet organization design, I can guarantee that it is going to take quite a bit of time. However persevere my friend! If you’re stuck in a rut, take a break! Why not organize your shoes? Every shoe, whether flat, high-heeled, or booted, has a special place. Give your shoes the special love they deserve. Plus, by properly storing your shoes, you are prolonging their lives! And then you can see all your cute shoes, and therefore actually wear them!
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3. Take Your Closet to a Whole New Level
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Alright friends, we’re taking closet organization to a whole new level. Now that we’ve gotten rid of old clothes and made things uniform, why don’t we take our closet organization systems to new heights by adding new (and exciting) features like shelving and drawer storage? Remember, we’re taking baby steps toward organization in our closets, so if upgrading your closet is not on your mind, don’t do it! However, I do suggest you think about doing it in the future! Why? Because in the long run, you’ll appreciate the extra built-in storage and the built-ins might even increase your home’s value!
If you are in a more temporary home (i.e. all of us renters) then I would suggest looking into portable shelves that can be taken with you when you move. This way, you don’t have to remodel, and if you get good shelving that can be adapted, you can fit it into any home you move into in the future!
This closet organization idea is especially great if you have a walk-in closet! One of the cornerstones of interior design is having your home decor reflect you. This rule is applicable to every inch and square foot of your home—even your closet! That being said, you can hang your favorite quotes or graphic art on your closet door. Put up inspiration from your favorite fashion icon or favorite designer looks. Or if you’re trying to attain a fitness goal, put up motivational quotes to look at every time you get ready in the morning. Whatever you do, just make it you!
Closet organization isn’t just about keeping things visually lovely and putting everything in its proper place. Whenever your clothes and shoes are more organized, the wear and tear of your clothes will significantly decrease! It’s amazing what putting things in order can do. Plus, if everything is put away nicely, you can see it better, and then you are more likely to remember to wear those cute clothes and shoes you bought! It’s a win-win! So let’s come clean and bring peace and order to our closets!
I hope you enjoyed my closet organization hacks! Have you been inspired to clean “closet?” If so, let us know in the comments below! If you have a friend or loved one who is in need of some closet organization tips, be sure to share this post with them. Remember friends, sharing is caring! So, thanks for reading, commenting, and sharing. ‘Til next time!
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