Ready, set, organize!
Sounds like a good time, right?
If you are anything like us, you love a neat, clean and organized space in which to live, work and play. You thrive on it! Not only because it looks beautiful but it is also more functional when everything has a place.
We love it so much, we watch home improvement shows during our spare time. Do you remember the hit Netflix show Tidying Up that debuted last year? If you are a reader, more than a watcher, it is based on the best-selling book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing.
We love these types of shows! There is a new show that is similar to last year’s hit. Have you seen Get Organized with The Home Edit? The two hosts, Clea and Joanna take on organization projects helping Hollywood’s celebrities to the average person. It is fantastic!
From organizing the kitchen pantry to the home office, The Home Edit has a true and steady process for organizing the messiest of messes.
All we can say is hallelujah! An established set of rules to organize anything, anywhere. We are fans of systems!
We have applied their full proof system to our own closets and are sharing our 5 wardrobe organization tips from our favorite show.
Keep reading: The Magic of Tidying Up: Spring Cleaning for the Mind, Closet, and Workspace
The Home Edit Closet Tip 1: Create Goals for the Space
First and foremost, you need to come up with a plan for the space. Ask yourself the following questions:
- What do I need out of my closet — a space to get dressed in the morning? A place to swap out handbags? A place to merely house my clothes in a better way?
- How do I want it to feel?
Depending on the size of your closet, you may have room for a full-length mirror, a sitting area or a rug. If you are working with a small wardrobe-type closet, you’ll make use of the vertical space it has.
The Home Edit Closet Tip 2: Zones
Once you establish goals for your closet, it is time to designate zones. You probably naturally have zones in your closet already. We just need to define them better. Defined zones are the backbone to your closet.
Possible zone ideas:
- Career specific (military uniforms, medical scrubs)
- Everyday clothes
- Work out clothes
- Skirts/Dresses (things that are longer in length)
- Accessories (scarves, gloves, jewellery)
These are just examples. You may not have the space to incorporate all of these zones but you get the jist. If you have a lot of designer brands in your closet, consider creating a zone just for those luxury items.
The Home Edit Closet Tip 3: Clear out the Clutter
Clear everything out of your closet. You need to start with a clean slate before you start re-arranging. This is the time for you to give away and throw away.
While you are decluttering your closet, consider decluttering other areas of your life. We suggest reading this — Organization at Work: Ditch the Digital Clutter.
The Home Edit Closet Tip 4: Categorize
Not to be confused with zones, categorizing your closet is an entirely separate ordeal. Once you have your clothes and belongings placed in your designated zones, you will need to categorize them within each zone.
Handbags will be arranged by size (from clutch to tote), shoes by style (from heels to running shoes) and clothes by color. For the baskets and bins, add labels to the outside like these or these.
The Home Edit Closet Tip 5: Contain
Last but not least, contain your belongings in either a chest of drawers, multiple baskets, bins, or hang them on hangers.
As Clea says, “there’s no such thing as a floating item.”
Having your things in containers is not only visually pleasing, it is functional.
One thing to keep in mind — do not fill your closet to its maximum capacity. Just because it has the space, does not mean you need to use every last square inch. Less is more.
This is why we included tip #3. It is important to make some room for the negative space, as they call it in the art world.
We hope these 5 tips will help elevate your wardrobe from drab to fab. It might even be your new favorite place in your house.
Related blog posts:
The Magic of Tidying Up: Spring Cleaning for the Mind, Closet, and Workspace