Saturday, January 12, 2019

31 Days To Organization - Day 12: The Organized Closet

Happy New Year! January is a time to start begin again with a fresh, clean it is only appropriate that January is National Organization Month! And since many people make a New Year's resolution to become more organized, I'll be posting organization tips every day for the month of January.

Day 12 - The Organized Closet

While many of us dream of large, open closets with a dressing area complete with full length mirrors and tons of cabinets, drawers and storage space, the reality is, we really don't need it. Walk-in closets, and even reach-in closets have the capability to neatly store all the clothing we need on a regular basis.

The key to having an organized, efficient closet is to stay on top of what items are kept in your closet and controlling what items go in it. How much of your clothing do you regularly wear? Are there any seasonal items that can be moved elsewhere?

The majority of closets today have at least one closet rod and one shelf that extends the length of the closet. If you don't have a shelf in your closet, consider getting one installed. A single long shelf will add an incredible amount of additional storage space!

Shelf dividers keep sweaters in neat stacks without the risk of having them topple over. They can also be used to designate sections of a shelf for clothing, bags, hats, etc. 

You've probably heard this a dozen times before...go through your clothes discarding everything you don't wear, don't like, or hesitate to put on. Let's just face the fact that some items look better on the rack at the store than they do on us. If you don't wear it (or if you don't feel good wearing it), get rid of it.

Use these other ideas to get your closet in shape:

  • Hang hooks on the walls behind your clothing to store small handbags. Large handbags should be stored on shelves to prevent sagging or drooping. Stuff them with tissue or bubble wrap to help them retain their shape.
  • If you have high ceilings, a second shelf above the first is a great option for storing seldom used items or seasonal clothing (scarves, gloves, etc.). If you would rather not install a permanent 2nd shelf, consider getting some removable ones instead. Additional shelving can also be achieved with a hanging shelf unit usually used for sweaters and other knit items. The cubbies in the unit can be used to store larger handbags as well as jeans and other folded garments, too.
  • If you have a deep closet, sliding drawers may be a better option for you. Drawers will bring your stored items up front to you. They can be used to store socks, underwear and accessories. 
  • You can easily double your hanging space in an area by installing a second closet rod below the first. Or, a similar solution that even renters can use, a closet doubler. Each level can can store shirts and pants.

  • Pull shoes out of cardboard boxes and store them in clear shoe boxes. The uniform size of the boxes stack neatly and you can see at a glance what you have available. Sort by color or by type (sandals, heels, flats, etc).
  • If clear shoe boxes are not an option right now, consider taking snapshots of of your shoes and taping them to the fronts of the shoeboxes so you can easily identify what is inside.
  • High humidity in a closet can ruin your clothes. If you have a humidity problem, especially if your closet is close to, or part of your bathroom, keep the humidity down with a small closet dehumidifier or moisture absorber.
My Organized Shoe Stash

I can usually be found wearing flip flops or slip-on shoes in the summer (and sometimes hiking boots) and those same slip-on shoes in the winter (and sometimes hiking boots or snow boots). Rarely do I ever wear anything else. Yet I have at least 20 shoe boxes in the top of my closet storing all manner of footwear (whittled down from about twice that many).

Most are shoes I might wear in a business environment. And although I haven't been in the business world for many years, I'll still dress the part for a parent teacher meeting, a meeting at the bank, etc.

Other boxes store heels. When I find a heel I like and can wear for hours without pain, I don't let them go.

Then there is my one pair of cowboy boots, a couple other pairs of boots, and some flats and sandals. 

All my shoes are stored in clear plastic boxes in the very top of my closet. I don't color code them and they aren't labeled. I can see them clearly through the box so the rest is unnecessary.

When the occasion to wear a pair arises, I pull out my step stool and can quickly find the pair I need. It might seem like a hassle at that moment, especially if I'm rushing around to get ready, but the rest of the time, they are up and out of my way while still protected and kept clean in their tidy little boxes.

You can buy the clear shoeboxes in bulk on Amazon. I happened to catch them on sale at Big Lots for less than $1 a piece.

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