Organizing your closet space is more a matter of time and patience than big purchases and throwing stuff away. I do recommend cleaning out your closet as you are organizing it (so you know what more you can buy). This will also help you determine how much space you ultimately have.
My closet is five feet wide and seven feet tall and currently the home of: 39 dresses, 27 sweaters, 14 pairs of shoes, 14 scarves, 12 hats, 12 beanies and 11 long sleeve shirts. On my closet floor there is one large bin (containing 22 years of hypocritical unorganized memories), an empty suitcase, my art supplies, a few random shoes and boxes of photographs.
In addition, I use a downstairs closet to hang my jackets, and my sister’s unappreciated, beautiful walk-in closet to house 16 pairs of shoes, and a few dresses I wear on special occasions. Aside from this being my formal introduction for shopaholics anonymous-
Hi I’m as.ez.as ABC and I have a problem… that shopping seems to always solve
-the point of this was: I’m no stranger to having too much stuff and not enough space.
So, let’s get started!
1. Color Coordination: The method that works best for me is to give each type of clothing its own hanger color. My long dresses are on grey hangers, my shorter dresses are on green hangers, my sweaters are on blue, my scarves are on pink hangers, and my long sleeve shirts are on white. I like color.
My sister, however, has deemed my color method to be TOO much variation. She arranges all of her clothes by color. Regardless of the article of clothing, green goes with green, orange with orange, and so on. This method of color coordination is great if you’re the type who knows what color you want to wear more than what specific article of clothing.
2. Maximize your hanger use. I prefer hangers with grooves in the arms for my shirts and jackets, but I’m no hanger connoisseur. The ones with little hooks inside are great for any article of clothing that provides you with hanger straps. These straps prevent your clothing from stretching out in all the wrong places and are especially handy for strapless items. A hanger and a cheap pack of shower curtain rings can create useful and efficient hooks for scarves, belts and hats.
3. Most closets have a shelf directly overhead which I refer to as the stack-able space. I prefer to put items I use less frequently, and things I want accessible but not in the way, up there. Therefore, I will put my box of photographs, my art supplies, my suitcase and my hats in my stack-able space.
4. Utilize your floor space. A previous post made it clear: efficiency is all about storage. Therefore, to make it easier to find my shoes I will put them on my (now empty) closet floor, keeping them in their respective boxes.