“Cleaning out my closet and wardrobe room is such a drag.” If this is how you feel, then you definitely need to check out these 11 tips on how to quickly and efficiently organize your closet.
Cleaning Out My Closet: 11 No-Fuss, Foolproof Ways
Organizing Your Closet
The idea of having to organize your closet can seem like an impossible task, especially if you don’t make a habit of it. But making time to organize your closet can make your life easier and save you so much prep time every day!
Knowing exactly where all your clothes are, makes it easier to decide on what to wear in the morning, or when it’s time to throw out your old pieces. Plus, it’s much easier to look at a room that isn’t brimming with dirty clothes.
So read on for 11 simple things you can do to organize your closet, no matter how busy or lazy you are.
Kickstart Your Closet Clean-Up with These Tips
You know that feeling when you see a messy wardrobe and lose your motivation to clean it up, precisely because everything’s a mess? I know how you feel!
I get really discouraged seeing clutter and postpone cleaning out my closet as well. But there are ways to get the job done and organize your closet with less fuss.
When you organize your closet, do it with the mindset that if you do it well now and keep it up, you’ll never have to do a major closet overhaul again. And for (sometimes) lazy girls like us, never having to clean up is a dream come true!
Today I’ll be sharing tips and tricks I’ve learned from cleaning out my own closet, I think they’ll help you a lot as well.
1. Set Aside Space for Everything
One of the biggest problems you may have when you have to organize your closet is not having enough space. Some might even feel like it’s impossible to fit all of their belongings in a single closet.
To make things easier, it helps to set certain areas or places for specific items: all your tops go on one rack, skirts on another, intimates in a box, and so on. Then you can go ahead and organize each section, one at a time!
Tip: A good way to organize your closet is to invest in hangers and racks. Hanging your clothes neatly is very space-efficient. You’ll be surprised by how much room you’ll have left. Also, hanging them reduces creasing and preserves the quality of your wardrobe.
2. Read Up
Having to organize your closet is a universal struggle, especially if you don’t have much experience in doing so. Luckily, you don’t have to go through it alone.
It really helps to read up or get inspiration from other people and experts.
Read up on different closet organization ideas and see which ones you can follow. Who knows, you might even find tricks you’ve never thought of before!
3. Use See-Through Bins
Clutter sometimes means not being able to see what’s exactly in your closet. And it’s very annoying to go through piles of old clothes, shoes, and other belongings every time you need to tale something of your closet.
But worry not because see-through bins can solve that problem! With see-through bins, you’ll be able to tell exactly where your belongings are without having to go through all of them.
They also force you to organize your clothes properly or let you see when it’s time for a clean-up.
Tip: To make the most out of this closet organization tip, try to separate your belongings into different bins.
4. Leave Your Most-Used Clothes Out
Another way to make more space in your closet is to have a separate rack for pieces you always wear. That way, your closet is reserved for less-used items and you won’t have to open it as often.
So make sure your winter coats, cardigans, bags, and most-used shoes can go on a ladder blanket or a chic rack in your room.
Sometimes when I look at my closet, I get uninspired: it’s just racks and racks of clothes and shoes, and that’s a bit boring. So maybe adding a few personal touches or decor can help motivate you to make your closet pretty!
Some cool ways to spice up the way your closet looks is to:
- Use a New Door: If you want to improve the way your closet looks, a good place to start would be with its doors. These are some of the first things you see when you walk into a room, and they heavily affect your interior.
- Paint the Interior: Choose a new color that best expresses your lifestyle and personality. Your options can range anywhere from loud, extravagant colors to simple, minimalistic ones.
- Add Hooks and Hangers: A quick, cheap way to change the way your closet looks is to add more hooks and hangers to it. That way, you don’t have to place all of your belongings on the floor.
6. Fold Your Clothes Properly
Folding and storing your clothes properly is so important. In fact, clutter starts when you just randomly throw clothes into your closet and they pile up.
So make it a point to hang, fold, or stack everything properly!
What you can do is to get rid of any bad habits you have associated with putting away used clothes and garments, like:
- Postponing laundry day
- Placing used clothes on the floor
- Not having a laundry basket or bag
- Not organizing/folding newly washed clothes
- Leaving laundry duties to your parents
7. Group Colors and Shades Together
When you’ve got everything more or less cleaned up, come up with a personalized sorting system. That way, you can just follow the system and know where all your clothes are.
A very common and basic sorting technique is to separate the whites and colored garments from each other. Doing so prevents any laundry accident that might hurt your clothes.
8. Have a “For Sorting” Pile
Speaking of sorting, laziness can strike when you have a pile of freshly-laundered clothes waiting to be stored and you just stuff them anywhere in your closet. Doing so not only makes your closet look terrible, but it also ruins the quality of the clothes you wear.
If you don’t have time to sort them just yet, leave a rack or bin out and get back to it once you’re free. The goal here is to break the habit of leaving your clean clothes in one large, disgusting pile.
9. Have an Inventory
Keeping track of what you have will also help you stay on top of your closet situation. Make even just a basic inventory—how many tops you have, how many pairs of shoes—just so you can keep track of everything you own.
Also, keeping inventory allows you to track if you have any missing garments. After all, laundry shops are prone to losing socks, underwear, towels, and other small items.
10. Separate Your Seasonal Clothes
A good way to stay organized is to update your wardrobe at the start of the season. For example, during the warm summer months, you can keep your holiday clothes at the back of the closet and your tank tops in a rack outside.
The idea here is to refresh your closet with things you absolutely need. Leave behind anything you think will just add to the clutter.
11. De-Clutter Regularly
The most important way to organize your closet is to make a habit of it! Don’t let dirty clothes pile up, get rid of all unused items, and make sure you sort everything all the time.
If it’s something you know you have to do or you do regularly, there will be less mess to deal with in the long run. After all, prevention is always better than cure.
Watch this video from BuzzFeed Nifty on how to organize your closet by a professional organizer:
I hope these smart ways to organize your closet help you, or at least lessen your sick fears and doubts! Just remember to start with the little things and take organizing one step at a time.
Once you change your bad habits, admit your shortcomings, and start coming up with solutions, you’ll have a clean, efficient closet in no time. I’m sure because these are the same tips I follow when cleaning out my closet.
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on September 18, 2019, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.