Have you ever heard the expression, “A cluttered space is the sign of a cluttered mind?” This is something that has really resonated with me in recent months, and it inspired me to clean out and organize my closet. Since we moved into our new house in March, I had put organizing my closet on the back burner while I attended to more pressing tasks that are involved after a big move. Once I finally got around to getting it all organized, it made the biggest difference in my mental space, and surprisingly, my wallet. Let me explain.
When we moved to our new house, it was the end of winter, beginning of spring. The changing of seasons always seems to inspire me to buy a few new clothing pieces to add to my wardrobe. I bought quite a few items…by a few, I mean, there were deliveries on our front porch more days that not (Oops!) I’ll be the first to admit, it got a little out of hand. When I would buy these items though, it still seemed like I had that “nothing to wear,” feeling. WHAT?!?! I just bought brand new clothes…why am I going to into a closet full of clothes but still having trouble putting outfits together? I had this feeling for a few months until I finally got around to organizing my closet, and I suddenly realized what was happening. My closet was in such disarray that I really didn’t know what I had and what I was lacking. When your closet is orderly, it’s easier to see where your wardrobe needs some filling in. For example, when I organized my shoes, I realized I had tons of flat, open-toed sandals, but I didn’t have any basic black heels. I also realized I had a plethora of baseball caps, but not a single, wide-brimmed floppy hat. I realized I had 3 pairs of skinny jeans, but no other cut of jeans anywhere in my closet. Once it was all neatly in front of me, I could better judge what I have, what I need, don’t need, etc. When I found something I liked, I could better judge if I could get a lot of wear out of it based on the other pieces of clothes in my closet, or if it was a “top priority” item of clothing. For example, I really needed another cut of jeans in something other than skinny, so that was a “top priority” for me. A wide-brimmed hat also became a “top priority” since I didn’t own a single one. I never would have realized any of this had it not been for organizing what I already had.
It really isn’t too time consuming to organize your closet. All you need is a few good hangers, like THESE from Amazon for tops and dresses and THESE for pants and slacks. I add THESE clips on the hangers to hang shorts and skirts. I also picked up a storage grid from Bed, Bath, and Beyond to keep sweatshirts, sweaters, etc. that I don’t like to hang, but still want quick and easy access to. Finally, I also grabbed THESE 4-tier shoe racks from Bed, Bath, and Beyond to organize my shoes.
First, you can choose to keep your closet seasonal or if you’re tight on space, keep all your clothes in one closet. Since we have extra closets, I keep only the clothes that I need for the season. Then, group all your clothes and shoes by category: cardigans, short sleeve tops, sleeveless tops, ¾ length sleeves, full length sleeves, skirts, shorts, jeans, short dresses, long dresses, dresses with sleeves, dresses without sleeves, romper, jumpsuits, etc. I also did the same with my shoe racks: heels, sneakers, flat open-toed shoes, mules, etc. I also keep a few lightweight jackets in my spring/summer closet, just in case I need access to them. Not likely needed in a Southern summer, but hey, you never know! The next step, and arguably, the most important: Get serious about what you will and will not wear. Be ruthless here! Anything that doesn’t fit or that you don’t absolutely love on you, get rid of it. Remember those trendy bell sleeve tops that were all the rage a few seasons ago? They’re out of style now. Get rid of them, as well as anything else in your closet that’s no longer “in style.” It’s only taking up valuable space and needs to go!
Straighten up anything else you might keep in your closet such as, accessories, jewelry, etc. so everything has a designated “home” within the walls of your closet. Now that everything is squared away, the only thing you have to do to maintain it is to make sure everything goes back where you found it whenever you are putting clothes away. Now, you can enjoy having a nice, clean, uncluttered closet and once you see what’s actually in it, your wallet will be in much better shape and you won’t be wasting money on clothing that isn’t really necessary or pieces that you won’t be getting a ton of mileage out of.
I hope this post was helpful in inspiring you to get your closet uncluttered! Are there any organizational hacks that have worked for you? Share them in the comments below!