Whether someone lives in the city or lives in the countryside, chances are they are battling the same dilemma, a thoroughly disorganised and cluttered closet. Unfortunately, purchasing an extensive, professionally-crafted closet can be costly, but searching for something to wear in a messy closet is costing more than people know.
Most people do not consider that they end up losing money when they continue to have a disorganised closet. This is because cluttered closets hide items that the wearer already has. Then when the person is out shopping they purchase an item which they already have in his or her closet.
Thus, the first rule of organising a closet is assessing. Separate clothes into three piles. One pile for clothes that are still being worn, one for damaged clothes and another for clothes that are in good condition but no longer worn.
Donate the clothes in the no longer worn pile and trash the clothes in the damaged pile. What is left is what will go back into the closet. Albeit a well-organised closet. Next, the resulting clothes should be separated by season.
Out of season clothes should be washed, folded and stored until the next season. This is where an inexpensive storage solution can help with a clutter problem. Storing folded clothes and putting them in a storage case will free up more room in the closet.
The available, in-season clothes should then be colour coordinated according to type. The jeans should be placed in one area, the shirts in another and so on. Arranging clothes by type and colour makes it easier to coordinate an outfit without wasting precious time.
Those extra minutes may not seem like they make a big difference, however, when one is running late for work, a few extra minutes will make a big difference. This is why it is important to maximise visibility within the closet.
Far too many people try to find items in their closet with dim and other insufficient light. Maximising light within a closet makes it easier to locate pieces. Sometimes all a person has to do to improve the lighting in a closet is to purchase a stick on LED light and place it on the closet door.
Lighting can only help so much if the pieces are still haphazardly assembled in the closet. The highly organised closet utilises shelving for bags, an organiser for shoes and coordinated hangars to bring everything together.
Some wardrobe stylists suggest hooks to hang purses. However, hooks can stretch bags and their straps, thus it is best to place bags on a shelf to keep them within the line of sight, but without distorting their shape.
Another tactic that some people use, but actually hinders the organised process is keeping shoes in their original boxes. Boxes take up room and can easily become disorganised on their own. Therefore purchasing a shoe rack which can be placed over the door or in a section of the closet is best to manage shoes.
Another system which helps manage clothes is hangers. Coordinated hangers make a closet more appealing however, purchasing specialised hanger systems, such as tiered hangers, hangers for coats and skirt or trouser hangers.
Besides looking nice, specialised hangers enable clothes to last longer and retain their shape. Retaining shapes are important which is why not all clothes are appropriate for hangers. Sweaters should be folded and placed on a shelf or elsewhere in the closet to prevent them from being stretched.
A lack of space should not deter someone from organising his or her closet. As long as the space is used efficiently and clothes are easily identifiable and well managed in a properly lit space, then the clutter battle is won.