Resolve to end your year with an organized closet. This small space can be a major source of anxiety if cluttered and chaotic, but we have several simple solutions to transform it into a streamlined, systematized walk-in wonder! Whether you’re looking to overhaul the entire space or corral miscellaneous accessories, we’ve got plenty of options to suit your needs.
With any closet-cleaning effort, you’ll want to clear out items that you no longer wear. Still holding onto that blue sequined number you’ve never worn in hopes of showing it off at a posh party? Let it go! Any article that hasn’t been worn in the past six to twelve months is simply occupying valuable space. When sorting through clothing, ask yourself if you would buy a piece if you were shopping right now. If yes, keep it. If not, decide whether to donate it or consign it.
Now that you have the sartorial stars selected, arrange like with like – dresses with dresses, office attire with office attire. This will simplify the process of choosing an outfit. If space is limited, explore creative ways to display accessories. Hats, scarves, and purses hung on the wall make a bohemian-chic gallery. Doors, often underutilized, offer surface space for hooks, bars, and shelves where myriad articles of clothing can be kept.
When applicable, roll clothes instead of folding them. Not only does this save space, it also eliminates creases! Utilize baskets, stand-alone drawers, and closet organizers when possible, as these create a space to put miscellaneous items. Coordinate storage baskets for a polished effect. Closet shelving systems are a great way to make the most of the space you have.
As with any project, the biggest hurdle is to get started! So go on, start making some small changes for a better year.
–Chelsea, hayneedle.com editor