• Amanda Strome

How to Organize Your Bedroom Closet

The closet is often the place that we forget to clean. It can be easy to just throw clothes inside time after time and soon enough your closet is a black hole of disheveled clothes all over the place. Many of us have tried to organize closets before but failed because it does not match the way that we naturally want to use our closet. In order to get the most out of the clothes, you have to take the time to create a system that displays all of your clothes.

The first step in the process is to know your limits on what you are capable of maintaining. While intricate organization systems seem appealing, know what your patience level will allow you to do one day when you are feeling lazy. On a similar note, take time to remember what methods of storage you like doing the best. Do you hate folding pants? Are you bad at folding t-shirts? These are all things to consider before you start to organize your clothes.

Decide what you want to keep in your closet after you organize it. Get rid of unwanted clothes. A good rule of thumb is if you haven't worn it in a year, get rid of it. It is easy to hold on to clothes that you think you will wear again one day, or that is a little out of your comfort zone and feel as if you may be daring to one day wear again. If space is an issue, store your summer (or winter) wardrobe to wear again after the season changes and organize your closet twice a year. These clothes can easily be stored, whether under your bed in a short storage tote that can roll under your bed, or in vacuum bags that shrink when the access air is vacuumed out.

Now that all of the access clothes are gone, now is a good time to think about how you use your clothes and sort by function. Generally, pants, underwear, undershirts, and socks all can be folded, or stored in a dresser or off to the side. Skirts and graphic t-shirts may be difficult to be able to tell what they look like folded, but if hanging space is at a premium in your closet these can be folded as well.

Hang clothes in your closet according to the different functions and styles. For example hang all long sleeve shirts together, while separating out the button down clothes. If desired, separate the different materials, or organize also by color. Separate clothes by the layers you wear every day. Keep all of the tops that you wear over clothing together, such as light jackets, blazers, cardings ectara into separate sections of your closet. Depending on the formality of your job, keep completely separate your business clothes, or organize formal clothes towards the front of each section. Keep on organizing each style of clothes in your closet, keeping your closet organized in the layers you wear from the top down.

If you have failed in organizing your closet before, keep trying to organize your clothes in different ways to find what is the best way for you. If you struggle with organization strive for keeping the basic sections separate. For example just focus on separating jackets, long sleeve, short sleeve, and pants. Having an organized closet can also help you maximize the clothes you have to create different styles every day. Having an organized closet can be a great start to a day.

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