How’s your bedroom closet looking these days? Can you easily find what you want to wear or does it look like a tornado just swept through with clothes landing in every direction? Probably even on its best day, your closet could use a refresh and tidying up, right? Let’s be real, for most women and their collection of clothes, shoes, and accessories, it can be downright difficult to fit everything into the space allowed and keep the space maintained overtime. Unlike men’s clothing, women’s styles change more often and when you take into consideration seasonal updates, sizing shifts, work wear/stay at home wear, undergarments, and accessories…well you can have a recipe for closet disaster. But, I’m here to tell you that you can have the organized closet of your dreams. Today, I’m sharing with you my pro tips for getting your closet organized so you can walk into your closet and breath a sigh of relief instead of exasperation.
Start with the Basics
Every organizing project starts with the basic steps of sorting and purging. I know this may sound overwhelming and you don’t have to do this all at once, but a good place to start is by emptying out your closet one category at a time. Trust me, after working with clients for years, I know purging clothing can be an emotional process. My advice is to keep this thought present as you declutter – don’t hang on to items because you paid your hard earned money for something or because you are afraid you’ll have to buy it again. Give yourself permission to say goodbye knowing that yes, you may buy something similar down the road. I’ll bet, however, that it will be something you love and feel good in even more than the previous item. When it’s all said and done, you will get more enjoyment from an organized, breathable space that from a pile of clothes that you no longer wear and/or enjoy.
After sorting and purging, take an inventory of what you are keeping. For this blog post, let’s assume that your current closet system will not be changing and you’ll be working within the current structure. Before moving on to the next step, take stock of the following:
- How many short/long hang clothes do you have?
- How many shirts, pants, sweaters, etc do you have in each category?
- How do you prefer to store each category – hanging or folded on to shelves?
- What accessory categories do you have – belts, undergarments, swim, exercise, hats, purses, etc?
Determine the Best Home for Each Clothing Category
While this part of your project can seem a little like putting a puzzle together, it can also be a fun and creative part of the organizing process. Consider how often you need to access the items as more frequent should be front and center, less frequently used items can be higher up. You’ll also want to take into consideration the basic outline of your closet system. For example, hang dresses where the system allows for long hanging clothes and hang shirts and pants where the system allows for short hanging clothes.
Research and Purchase Organizing Products for Your Closet
Once you have a list of your categories, the inventory of each category, and a basic outline of where your categories will live, it’s time to research and purchase products to introduce to your closet. Yes, this is an investment up front, but I guarantee you are 100% more likely to maintain your space when you invest in the right products that work for you (and not against you). The right products will make it easier for you to find what you need, return the item to it’s assigned home, and give you the aesthetically pleasing space you want, and let’s face it, deserve!
Below is a general list of the items I’d recommend for a master bedroom closet. Before purchasing, count the number of items you have so you order the correct amount of products. You will also need to take measurements of the shelving so you can purchase appropriately sized bins/baskets.
See the end of this post for info on how to get product links to start your shopping list!
- Non slip velvet hangers for shirts, pants, suits/jackets
- Shoe boxes
- Specialty hangers for tank tops, belts, etc.
- Shelf dividers
- Tote hooks or clutch dividers for purses
Design the Closet of Your Dreams
Now that you have sorted, purged, created a blueprint of your closet, and purchased organizing product, it’s time to put it all together! Your “After” is becoming a reality and you should give yourself a pat on the back for all of the hard work you’ve put in to organizing your dream closet.
Lay out all of the products that you purchased and start adding them into your closet. First and foremost, replace all of your mismatched hangers with the new streamlined hangers that you invested in (because you are worth it!). Hang clothes by category such as short sleeve, long sleeve, shorts, pants, etc and for extra organizing points, color code within each category (light to dark).
Next, place folded items into bins/baskets and place on to shelves. Hang specialty items with tote hooks or belt/undergarment hangers. Use shelf dividers to keep bulkier items not contained in bins from falling over each time you reach for a piece of clothing. And, finally, place shoes into or onto shoes storage solutions.
Create Systems for Long Term Maintenance
You must be getting so excited to see your dream closet come to life! The last step in the process is to label your bins/baskets. There are several options for labeling and you can be as basic or creative as your heart desires as long as you complete this important step. In the pictures below, you can see clip on labels that were created with a label maker and paper.
I know it might seem easy to skip this step, but when you put in the extra effort to label your bins/baskets, you are more likely to return items to their proper homes and maintain the organization of your closet long term.
Congratulations! You have organized a dream closet that you can enjoy for years to come! I know you’ll reap many benefits from this organized space, including finding your clothes easier and faster, and hopefully this will inspire you to tackle other areas of your home too. If you are feeling so inspired, but need a professional eye for another area of your home, reach out anytime here. I’m always happy to chat about organizing and offer virtual services to help you continue living the organized life you desire!
Start Your Shopping List
As promised above, I want to help you start your shopping list for all the products you’ll need to organize your closet! If you’re on board, click here, scroll to the bottom of the page, enter your name and email in the box, and click “Get Ebook!” You’ll receive an email with a copy of my Ebook “Get Organized in 2020” along with your closet shopping list! Woot, woot!!