This isn't the prettiest of posts. This is my real life closet. We still need to paint, remove the dreaded popcorn ceiling, and someone "lost" the trim after we redid the floors aka it is in the garage somewhere. Oh, and I use my childhood dollhouse as a shoe house now because I just don't have anywhere else to put it yet!
I find that if my closet is in disarray then my life is in disarray. Let's just say there hasn't been an inch of floor to be seen in my closet for the last six months until now. It feels so good to walk into a clean closet with space to move around and easily see what I'm working with when it comes to getting ready every morning.
This is all the before shot you're going to get out of me. The madness that was this closet before we cleared it out was something out of a hoarders episode on TLC. As you can see below there are mounds of stuff all over our master bedroom. It is a true blessing that the shelves did not collapse on me as I was getting ready one morning. They would have never found me...
DONATE: Your donate pile should always be the largest. Be ruthless. Are you really going to think about that grey sweater in a month or two? No.
RELOCATE: I have no idea how some things get into my closet, but there are always random items that can find better homes in other areas of the house.
TOSS: There will be trash. There will be clothes with holes that are beyond repair. There will be items that have seen better days. Toss them.
Whew! Still not the prettiest closet you've ever seen, but it is 100x more functional now. Also before anyone gives me a hard time about T's quarter of the closet... he has another closet in the guest bedroom full of his "momento" and dress clothes. Plus the man has never bought a shirt for himself in his life.
CLOSET ORGANIZING TIPS:
1) TAKE EVERYTHING OUT OF YOUR CLOSET
It is amazing how much stuff you can cram into one closet. Pulling everything out makes you see how much stuff is taking up space in your home and mind.
2) DUST, VACUUM, WIPE DOWN ALL THE SHELVES
Built up lint, (cat hair), dropped pennies, and other randomness builds up. Start totally fresh.
3) START WITH THE SMALLEST ITEMS FIRST
You're more likely to finish all the way through by leaving the hanging clothes for last because we all know you can't sleep on a giant pile of clothes and hangers, but putting off organizing socks, underwear, swimsuits and socks is easier to say "I'll finish that up tomorrow."
4) COLOR CODE YOUR HANGERS
Each person or closet in your house should have its own color. Great for when you hang up the laundry around the house and helps you instantly know where that group of clothes goes.
5) HANG CLOTHES BY CATEGORY NOT JUST BY LENGTH OF SLEEVE ETC.
This may be obvious, but I find it so much easier to get ready when all the clothes for a certain activity are in the same area such as work out gear.
6) EVERY ITEM SHOULD HAVE SPACE TO "BREATHE"
Get rid of enough to make sure there is ample space in between each hanging item. Results in less ironing which is always a lifesaver in my book.
7) LET GO OF YOUR PROM SHOES
You never wore them again. Same goes for anything you bought for a one time event. You were more than likely stressed for time when purchasing these event items and didn't think through their long term versatility.
8) DON'T USE FLIMSY ORGANIZING BINS
They end up collapsing and looking disheveled. More trouble than they're worth.
I'll probably use the one piece in one piece out rule. Once you can see everything with some breathing room you really start to see which pieces are your staples, but have maybe seen better days. When you're out shopping and see a better option then you immediately feel okay letting the one in your closet go...