“Let’s Get Organized” Series – Installment 5 (and a half)
Welcome back everyone to the “Let’s Get Organized” series (closet edition)! Last week, I exposed my closet catastrophe for the world to see, thus beginning the Great Closet Purge.
Are you new to this series? Welcome! Are you expecting tips from an organizational guru comin’ atcha with revolutionary mind-blowing tips of my own creation to change your life forever? If so, sister, you’ve made a wrong turn. This is not your everyday organization blog. Oh HAY-ll no.
I am an openly flawed woman, somewhat of an organizational train wreck. I’m just here to share my journey to hopefully inspire other train wreck parents to join me in improving those particularly untidy areas of our homes. Am I expecting perfection out of myself (or you)? NO! Are my “after” pictures going to elicit oohs and aahs from the general public? Unlikely!
This series was born out of a sincere desire to make life a little easier for my family – and myself. There is a sense of duty that comes from knowing that others will hold me accountable for doing – well, what I say I’m going to do. Simply, to walk you through problem areas of my home (that I bet are not unique to my family), research REAL organizational gurus and summarize (i.e. regurgitate) the tips that I feel are most realistic for dodos like me to be able to duplicate.
Ready to take the plunge with me, folks? Here we GO!
I’m pleased to report that I have made great strides toward beautifying this atrocious space. Coming to terms with the reality that a stay-at-home mom has no use for 5 pairs of black slacks in various sizes was a bit challenging for me. What if I go back to being a career gal? Did the former Career Gal Mary ever need 5 pairs of black slacks? What led me to buy so many pairs to begin with?
Systematically, this SAHM pulled out all out-of-style, faded, pilled, too big, and too small items, filling 4 garbage bags full of clothes.
Hold up! There’s SPACE HERE!!! Ahhhhhhh!
After all of the junk was moved out (on my side, at least), I had some decisions to make. Going back to my first closet installment, you may recall that a major goal of mine was to be able to walk into my closet and immediately locate a particular clothing item. (You organized gals are scratching your heads right now, but this REALLY is how those on the Dark Side live!) Being that I have absolutely no skills with devising an organizational plan, I hit the worldwide web for some ideas.
If you click on the handy-dandy links I’ve included in this post, you’ll read all about clothing purges. For the purpose of this installment (and since we had already planned out the Great Clothing Purge last week), I just want to focus on what to do with what’s left. I’ve discovered that there are lots of ways to skin a cat! Take a look at the different closet organization methods and try out the one that feels right to you….
- Organize hanging clothing by type and color. The author of this Real Simple article suggests hanging tops first by sleeve length, then by shade. Keep similar items grouped together (pants with pants, tops with tops, etc.). I can do this!
- Set up zones. Low rods should hold tops and skirts, high bars, suits and dresses. You get the picture. (Can you tell that I LOVE Real Simple’s checklist? Is it just me or are checklists super satisfying? Maybe there is hope for me yet!)
- Use clothing dividers to separate into sections. Great tip from Jen over at iheartorganizing.com! Both of these Amazon affiliate links will take you to dividers that you can write on, if you wish. These can range from the $4.43 bare-bones version:
- …to the more colorful $15.99 version:
- Arrange by “cluster.” HGTV suggests grouping your outfits together into 5-8 clothing items that can be interchangeable. “A typical cluster might contain a plaid wool blazer with tones of camel, red and navy, a coordinating navy skirt, navy dress slacks, dark blue jeans, a red T-shirt and an ivory blouse.” This method could be helpful to make it easier to dress up or down a core outfit or wear it in varying ways. If you choose the cluster plan, you will want to put the outfits that you wear the most in the most conveniently accessed spot in your closet.
- Hang pants with clips, folding in the sides. I’ve never heard of this trick from Andrea Rapke, which keeps the clip from imprinting the pants. Sounds like sage advice.
- Fold sweaters to prevent them from losing their shape. As I mentioned in the last closet installment, cedar storage containers are the best way to store sweaters. I learned that cedar should be replaced every 6 months.
- Install hooks in your closet to hang up tomorrow’s outfit. Another great idea from Jen! A method that helps you to grab-it-and-go while still keeping your outfits from cluttering up your bedroom.
Hopefully these ideas will also inspire YOU to take on your closet! Don’t let it overwhelm you. Bite-sized pieces will do the trick!
Do y’all have any other closet organization tips that have worked for you? Let me hear all about it!
Oh, and don’t forget to check out my other Let’s Get Organized installments:
- Must-Have Food Items In Your Kitchen And Their Surprising Benefits – For an organized, fully-stocked kitchen
- Advice For The “Accumulation Nation” ~ Time To Declutter Your Kitchen!!!– Get rid of those paper stacks forever!
- How To Neatly Display Your Child’s Artwork – From clothing lines to photo books and more!
- Organizing Kitchen Shelves ~ It’s Time For A Pantry MAKEOVER!– A step-by-step makeover guide for the organizationally impaired (like me)
- Let’s Clean Up Our Closet Catastrophes! – Part One of the closet clean-up project, focusing on purging and buying the right organizers for you.
See you next week when we take toys from turmoil to tidy!