Twice a year I go through my closet and organize it and make it pretty. It feels so good to have a closet full of clothes you actually wear that are ironed and mended and hung neatly in a row. Here is my basic process for organizing my closet.
Tip 1: Brutally Edit
Ask yourself: Do I love it? and Do I wear it? If you don’t answer “yes” to both questions then sell it or donate it. Sometimes I realize I’m still in love with the “idea” of a piece of clothing because I got lots of compliments back in the day, when in reality its out of style and I never wear it anymore.
Tip 2: Get Matching Hangers
It sounds like a superficial detail but it makes such a difference in how organized your closet feels to have matching hangers. It feels good visually to have a consistent row of hangers lined up all in a row.
Tip 3: Build Your Staples
I try to have a wardrobe of staples like trench coat, black pants, ballet flats, striped shirt that I wear to death. I fill it in with trendy items that I rotate out every season. But maintaining my basic staples it helps me to keep my closet simplified and organized.
This is the first apartment I’ve lived in since I’ve been married that has a washer and dryer (it’s heaven!) Our apartment is small so I was so happy that Method sent me some of their new laundry detergent to try out. They’ve created a higher concentrated formula so it comes in a cool little bottle that is much smaller than regular laundry detergent bottles. It is perfect for me and my tiny kitchen.
Do you have any tips for cleaning out your closet or for not accumulating too much stuff? I’d love to hear them.
photos by Paul Ferney for Oh Happy Day