InStyle's 20 Best Closet Organizing Tips, Ever
Ever feel like you have too many clothes, and yet somehow you can never find anything to wear? That's the story of my life. If you're the same way, then it's time to do some reorganizing.
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A few minutes of tidying up will make getting ready in the morning easier than ever. Plus, it'll help you put everything in your closet to good use. So let's get ready to spend some time this weekend rearranging, tossing, and selling all of those forgotten about pieces with help from InStyle's best organizing tips of all time below.
12 MONTHS WITHOUT WEAR? SAY GOODBYE
If you haven't worn something in a year or more, don’t save it. If you're on the fence, put it aside and look at it again in 24 hours. Make an honest estimate about if you think you’ll really wear it again.
DON’T BE AN UNDERWEAR HOARDER
Narrow down your underwear to a favorite 12-14 pairs. When a pair starts to get old and frayed, toss it out and replace it. Another smart tip: Roll your underwear to keep your undies easily separated and invest in drawer organizers ($8; containerstore.com).
TEMPORARILY RETIRE ITEMS
SELL! SELL! SELL!
LIMIT YOUR CLOSET TO READY-TO-WEAR
Separate clothing that needs repairs or alterations - missing buttons, stuck zippers, hemline taken up - so each item in your closet fits and is in good condition. (And hopefully you’ll be inspired to actually get those repairs made!)
CLEAN THE EMPTY SPACE
While purging your closet, take the opportunity to clean the empty space: wipe shelves, dust ($12; amazon.com), and vacuum.
PLACE LIKE WITH LIKE
Hang your clothing within categories (blouses, pants, skirts, and dresses) and subcategories (long-sleeve, mini, strapless, and dark colors). It’ll make everything easier to find.
HANG WITH ORDERLY PRECISION
Place all the items facing the same way so it looks neater and makes it easier to go through your wardrobe.
ORDER YOUR DRAWERS
Fill your drawers in the order you get dressed (undergarments, socks, or stockings in the top drawers, with shirts, sweaters and pants below).
DIVIDERS ARE DIVINE
Use dividers ($8; containerstore.com) to keep small pieces from tangling, and group similar items together, with those used most often in front.
SEE YOUR SHOES
Ditch cardboard shoe boxes which make it hard to get to the bottom pairs. Opt for clear, front-loading cases like plastic drop-front translucent shoe boxes found at The Container Store ($2; containerstore.com).
DON'T HIDE THE PURSES
Place purses on shelves ($57; amazon.com) so you can easily see them. And try not to place bags within bags - it makes them too easy to forget.
HANG THOSE BELTS
Instead of stashing your favorite belts in a drawer, create a row of hooks ($10; containerstore.com) in your closet to hang them on.
KEEP MOTHS AT BAY
Lavender sachets tied to hangers are the best way to keep closets moth-free and the scent is nice for clothes (and for calming for us). We like Moth-Tek Lavendar Packets ($9; containerstore.com).
SHOE TREES KEEP SHOES IN SHAPE
Cedar shoe trees ($20; nordstrom.com) in shoes removes odor and help preserve their shape.
INVENTORY YOUR STUFF
Assess favorite staples that need to be replaced - jeans worn out beyond repair, a moth-eaten cardigan, black cotton trousers so overused they've become shiny.
KEEP JEWELRY ON TRAYS
Use attractive serving trays ($15; containerstore.com) to organize necklaces, brooches, and other jewelry. Store them on shelves so you can pull them out easily.
BE A SCARF-HANGING PRO
Drape wide scarves over rubber-coated pants hangers and pull small silk ones through holes or over hooks ($11; amazon.com).
BLACK TIE GOES SKY HIGH
Place sturdy hooks high up on a closet door to hang long fancy dresses so they won’t dust the floor.