Hey y’all! I am so relieved that my laptop was fixed yesterday so I’ll be back up and running like normal next week. I am pleased to have Karen from Dogs Don’t Eat Pizza here today sharing her tips for cleaning out your closet (which I totally need to do!) Thanks for helping me out Karen!
Hi, I’m Karen, from Dogs Don’t Eat Pizza, and I’m excited to hang out at The Happier Homemaker today!
It’s the end of the summer (gasp!), and thus almost time to bring out fall clothes. Before I bring out a new season’s worth of clothes, I like to clean out and organize my closet.
When I organized my closet last year at the end of summer, it should have taken an afternoon. But a certain daughter of mine had other ideas…so it took about two weeks and one afternoon. Well, the important thing is: the closet got organized!
Ah, an organized closet makes me happy:
But it didn’t start off that way. It started off like this:
Because our weather here in the south is warm until October, then turns cool one day like someone flipped a switch, I end up with summer clothes and fall clothes all over the place. Also, because I always have a nutty end of September/beginning of October because of my teaching job, often I just toss things in my closet, figuring I’ll get to hanging it up or putting it away later.Before I tell you how I fixed it, let me explain how my closet got this way.
Well, friends, later is here.
OK, what did I do to organize it?
You have to start with a plan:
- Putting away summer clothes and donating those pieces that don’t fit or are out of style, and tossing those that are stained (thanks, kiddos!) or just plum-tuckered;
- Getting out the fall and winter clothes and organizing them;
- Getting out fall and winter shoes, such as boots;
- Donating anything that is out of style or doesn’t fit or I haven’t worn it in a year.
As you can see, there is a method to my madness.
First, I pulled everything on the floor of my closet out of my closet. I needed room to work.
Then, I weeded out any clothes that were too small, out of date, worn out, or stained or torn in any way. I did the same thing with my shoes. As it turns out, when I broke my leg last year (see this post), it changed the shape of my foot and ankle and, of course, made my ankle less stable. So, I (begrudgingly) had to get rid of shoes that didn’t fit anymore or had too tall of a heel because of this. Meh.
For the clothes and shoes in good condition, I donated those to Goodwill. Old t-shirts can be recycled as dust rags. Otherwise, it went in the garbage (sigh).
Next, I organized. Purses went into boxes from Ikea and into the back of the closet, where they are accessible, but out of everyday reach (I don’t change purses every day, after all). The back of my closet has an awkward slope to it, so the back corner is a great place to put these boxes. The orange box next to them is my sewing kit.
Summer clothes went into a plastic bin at the bottom and back of my closet. The sweaters came out and were put on the top shelf (I have a folding step ladder in my closet to reach these, given that I am vertically challenged). Sweatshirts went on the other top shelf.
I organize my shirts/tops and pants differently.
For the shirts and short jackets, I organize them by color, starting with the darkest on the left and working to the lightest. Then, within each color grouping, I organize them in order of (from left to right) jackets, sweaters, long-sleeved shirts, short-sleeved shirts, and sleeveless shirts. This organization helps me find exactly what I want to wear in terms of color and in terms of being “weather appropriate” (a term usually reserved for telling my daughter that she can’t wear shorts to school when it’s 40 degrees outside).
For pants, I organize them casual to dressy. I wear the casual pants more often, so they go where I can most easily access them.
On the adjacent wall of the closet is my hanging storage. I organize it (from left to right) by fleece jackets (I love me some fleece!), suits, dresses (in order from most dressy to casual), skirts (same organization – dressy to casual), and then scarves (on an organizer from Ikea).
On the adjacent wall to the hanging storage (right to the right of the door) are hooks for my necklaces, belts, and, as it happens today, a hat:
I like having my necklaces hanging up, rather than in a drawer or jewelry box, so I can see them all and so they don’t get tangled.
Lastly, on the floor, I organized my shoes by color and heel height.
And voila! An organized closet:
Looking into an organized closet each morning not only makes it easier to get dressed, but makes me happy. Order out of chaos. To add a little extra inspiration, I added this, from a newspaper in 1991:
Sorry for the bad picture, but the picture is of Coach Mike Krzyzewski (and yes, I can spell that without looking it up) from Duke, after winning Duke’s first national championship. The caption reads: “$2.99 buys you a net. 34-2 earns you one.” I love this ad, not just because I love Duke, but because it inspires me – you have to earn your net in life. Work hard. Do your best. You will get to cut down a net. I like that.
What do you do to organize your closet? Do you have a method or time of year you organize?