Take A Breath and Get Ready
Get ready to organize because you'll soon find an assortment of casual clothing, old prom dresses, and random walking socks stuffed inside!
If your cluttered closet is anything like mine was, you'll need to take a deep breath and meditate before starting.
You'll find a lot of things you thought you lost and others you have never seen before.
Having and keeping a clean closet makes life a little easier when you don't know what to wear. Everything is in front of you in an organized manner.
You don't have to push through all of your clothes and shoes to find the right ones. Clean it all out and put everything back in the way you think is the best!
Each person has a style or organizational technique that they can stick to. Read through and pick the one that suits you so you don't go back to the horror that is your current closet.
How To Start Organizing Your Cluttered Closet
The first step to a free non-cluttered closet is always the hardest step. You have to take all of your clothes, shoes, accessories, and other random stuff in there, out, and then sort through them all!
It's time-consuming but you'll realize that there are a lot of clothes that you don't like or wear. Separate all your clothes as you're taking them out.
Shirts are in one clothes pile while pants and jacket are in others. A good determining factor when deciding if you should keep something is to think back to when you last wore it. Even if their a pair of cushion crew socks.
If you wear something over and over again then keep it. However, if you have never seen it or plan to never wear that item again, toss it! There will be clothes everywhere!
Another factor to getting rid of some clothes is to try them all on. This will take up most of your time, but it's worth it in the end!
You should try on every pair of clothes in your closet and drawers. Even if it's something as simple as Heavy cushion socks, you should still try them to make sure they fit right.
So many new pants have been thrown out because the disorganization pushed them to the back of the closet, never to be seen again. After looking through everything, I realized they were now too small.
Also, check to make sure the clothes aren't damaged. If they can be repaired or re-purposed then put them in a pile away from the other clothes.
If they can't then throw them away, you don't want to donate ruined clothing. Especially if they're an old pair of walking socks, you don't want gross tattered things on your feet!
Are You Prepared?
Don't start shoving everything back into your closet again. There are a lot of objects that can help you stay organized, long after everything is back in.
The main thing you'll need is clothes hangers and a lot of them! A great organization tip is to get tools that create a column of hangers.
A few things to create that effect is Cascading Hooks, Tiered Skirt Hangers, or Shallow Hangers. These all group multiple hangers together so there's more closet space.
Another great tool is a closet shoe rack or dresser. When it comes to the shoe rack it makes your closet look more organized, but you can also just put them neatly on the ground.
Don't go out and buy a huge dresser if you don't have the space. You can get drawers or side tables that are decently sized, and put all your underwear, walking socks, or other accessories in or on them.
The last thing that may help is to put in another rod across the closet. The reason it's suggested last is because of the installation. I am not handy at all, I would put a hold through my walls.
Forcing a closet rod to stay up by sheer force alone won't solve anything, it will probably fall. If you can install it, it's a great tool if not, then buy the hanger helpers or small dresser.
What Are Some Organizational Methods?
There are a million ways to clean your cluttered closet and room. These are the top three methods that could save you time and also give you some ideas to create your own system.
You don't have to follow this exactly, read through each one and see if you could manage it. Make your own personal tweaks so you create the best method for yourself!
If you have a walk in closet or are fancy and have a shoe closet, this might be easier to do. Having a larger closet leaves more room for organization, but it's harder to manage.
Different Ways To Organize A Closet By Color
The Rainbow of Opportunity
This is a great method to use for a clothes rack, it's efficient and shows which colors you have more of. If you want the rainbow effect then use the term ROYGBIV, which is all the colors in the order of the rainbow.
ROYGBIV - Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, and Violet.
It's aesthetically pleasing to most people so you can post it to your Instagram with the pride of the contrast, or the shame of realizing you only buy one color of clothing.
Also look at your accessories as well. Try to get different colors to help accentuate the plain or simple colored clothing you have. Get some crazily-colored walking socks or jewelry that would spice up an outfit.
After that, you just have to figure out where all your shades go (the browns, blacks, and whites). Then you'll have a beautiful color organized closet!
Organize Closet From Light To Dark
This is what I currently have in my closet. I wear a lot of darker clothing so the side of my closet I keep open is where all the darks are.
Even most of my casual and somewhat athletic walking socks are darkly colored. The lighter clothing is towards the opposite end which normally stays shut unless it's a super hot summer day.
This is an easier closet hack than placing the colors in the correct rainbow order. You can place the items starting from white to yellow, then work your way to purple and black.
Organize Closet By Seasonal Colors
This one can require more work throughout the year. If your closet isn't accessible in all places, there are some who switch the order of their clothes depending on the season.
However, you can keep them in the same spot, but some seasons might mold together. You start out with 4 seasons, but sometimes a closet can look even more hectic.
If I think of Fall the colors that appear are yellows, oranges, and reds. If they're deep colors then that will work, but if they're in pastel colors, they would become summer colors.
Winter has an array of colors that are used. If you think of winter, snow, clouds, or ice, the colors that might pop into your head would either be white or light blue.
However, a lot of people wear darker colors to attract and absorb light to help with warmth. Many wear them to get warmer in cold weather.
If you look you may notice winter clothes like heavy cushion socks are darker in color. It keeps you warm and if exposed won't reflect light, it will absorb it.
This can be the outlier in the closet where you know what season to wear them in, but it doesn't go with the color scheme.
Yet, if you're in colder climates then you might wear those same clothes in the fall. Since this is so choose a design or output that you like and will use in your organization technique.
It's really up to you and your interpretation of the seasons. If it's based just on stereotypical colors or colors you normally wear in those seasons.
Organize Your Closet By The Type of Item
This method is really handy when you're on the go all the time. You can even color coordinate inside of this method if you really want to be organized.
As you clear out your cluttered closet, set your clothes into piles based on what they are. Have different piles for different items and lengths.
The next step is up to you since you know what works best. Place the clothes in the order of what you put on first.
You'll have sections of your shorts, capris, pants, long and short sleeved shirts, dresses, rompers, jackets, and coats.
Realize what you look for first to wear in the mornings. Place those at the beginning of your closet so you know what to find.
If you want to be even more organized closet and drawers you can color code the sections of clothing. So if you had pants that were different colors you could place them in order with the methods above.
Organize Your Closet By Outfits and Different Styles
Organizing your cluttered closet by style is the best for those who work in office jobs or ones where you have formal clothing. It can also be used by people who like to dress in alternating styles.
If you wear dresses, suits, or certain formal clothing to a job, you can put those at the front of your closet. When you're getting up throughout the week you'll have all the clothes you need front and center.
The more casual clothing can go at the end of your closet. The things you would only wear on the weekends or if you go to clubs or live the nightlife, they would be at the back.
It also works when you have different styles of clothing. If you have gothic or steampunk clothes as well as preppy or athletic clothes, you can organize it that way.
Whatever you wear most often would be at the front while the rest would be near the back. If your an athlete you might want to put your workout clothes near the middle so you can reach them without digging.
This even applies to your casual and walking socks. Place the ones that you wear the most near the front of a drawer. You can grab and go without thinking about them later on.
There are a lot more ways that your closet can be organized especially with this method. Pick your poison with these closet hacks and keep up with the cleanliness as the days pass.
Why and How to Hang Clothes on a Hanger
The main reason people hang clothes is to make sure there are no wrinkles that appear. If you fold an item it will usually have creases in certain areas.
Usually, casual shirts are fine to throw into a dresser drawer, but if they're silk, satin, or made of fine materials, you need to hang them up.
Dress shirts and blouses are susceptible to creasing and in need of ironing after a night of being tossed somewhere.
You may also wonder which direction to hang clothes, well it should all be uniform. You can either hang clothes facing left or right, just make sure they're all the same so you don't get confused.
You should also hang pants or trousers of any kind. Even jeans can wrinkle and look unappealing if they're tossed on the ground. You can either use clipped hangers or fold them over once.
Jackets, coats, blazers, and all things worn over a shirt should be hung. Even some shirts themselves will need to be hung instead of being place in a drawer.
Sometimes you might even need a special hanger to keep its shape. There are certain hangers that are made so your suits can always look fresh and unworn.
The last things you need to hang are outfits like suits, dresses, and even rompers. Dresses and suits are a must when it comes to hanging up clothes, but rompers and overalls can be placed elsewhere.
If you ever wonder what should be hung up, think of the occasion you would wear it to. If it's for formal events the answer is always yes! If it's super casual and you're not worried then no.
You can place some things like a cotton shirt or even cushion crew socks if you're that tedious. Just make sure you have enough room if you're willing to go that far.
How To Fold Clothes and Where To Put Them After
you might be thinking of what to put in dresser drawers if you don't have a closet? Well if there's no closet you can put everything in them, just be careful.
Some clothes should be hung up, but if you cant make sure you have an iron handy. It may take longer in the mornings, but at least you'll have fresh clothes, ready to take on a professional day.
Nearly everything can be stored in drawers. From shirt to heavy cushion socks, anything and everything can fit. Just be cautious about fancier and more expensive clothing.
The tips below are some ways on how to organize clothes in drawers so you're ready to go. When you search through the organized dresser.
It might be difficult to keep it tidy, so search for things by lifting not dragging.
Folding Casual Clothing
Folded clothing is harder to maintain in my personal opinion. I normally just throw all my casual clothes into a drawer and scramble through it when I need something.
Almost all casual clothes can be folded and placed into the appropriate drawer. The only thing you need to fold and keep together is cashmere or stretchy material.
If you hang either one up it might stretch and end up being too big to wear in the future. You have to be careful with some items but most will be fine.
How To Situate Your Undergarments
There are a lot of ways on how to save space in drawers for clothes when you're using them for underwear or walking socks
The easiest method is to fold them into little squares. It takes up less space and you can put more of them into a drawer.
You can fold them into squares by folding the leg portions into the middle. Then take the lower area and fold it upwards.
If you want to make them really small you can roll them up. There are many ways to do this but the two most common are to fold the sides in or the bottom to the elastic band.
After they're folded then you take the end of it and roll it up. The trickier was is to take the elastic band portion and roll it downwards.
Once it's halfway down you flip it over and bring the bottom portion up. Then take the sides and push them into the opening of the bottom part. You should them have a tiny square.
A Few Ways On How To Fold Casual, Crazy, or even Walking Socks
There a lot of sock storage organizers and ways on how to organize socks in a closet.
What you can really focus on is how to fold them so you can know how to maximize drawer space.
I personally use the most simple way since it can be done in a second.
You put two socks alongside each other and take one whole sock and the open edge of another.
Then you fold the fuller side over both socks.
Another easy method is to take a pair of socks and make an X out of them. Lay one over the top of the other. Then take the ends and fold them into the middle to create a small square.
You can also just roll walking socks up and place them in little cups like toilet paper rolls. If you're into crafts you can decorate toilet paper rolls and put them inside the sock drawer.
To roll up the socks you can either start at one end and roll them up. Another is to section socks into halves, thirds, or fourths (based on length) and then fold them and place them inside something.
Keep It All Clean
There are a thousand more ways on how to organize a dresser and a closet. Now you just have to keep your closet completely clean for days and weeks to comes. It's not difficult if you make a routine out of it.
Instead of throwing your clothes in a pile in the corner of your room, start to hang them up. Fold them properly and put them away in their designated spots.
If you start doing it and continue to, your life is going to be a lot easier after getting used to it.
If you're planning on starting the purge of your closet get some new things.
You can buy some Sock Me One cushion crew socks to help you with your folding techniques.
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