No matter how big or small your closet space, so many of us still have closets that are bursting at the seams! This creates clutter and chaos in the bedroom and makes finding things a daily chore. So when LifeWit, who make very practical and affordable clothes storage bags, got in touch to partner with me, I was happy to share some tips to help you organize your closet space.
Organising your closet isn’t only about creating more space and making it easier to find stuff. Instead an organised closet space will make your bedroom feel so much more calm and will give you peace of mind every single time you have to get something out which is everyday. It’ll mean an end to clothes slung over chairs, messy piles of clothes and just having too much stuff that you don’t even use.
7 tips to organize your closet space (no matter how small)
1. Declutter first
Before we can even think of organising our closet and making more space, we need to get rid of stuff. If you want an organised, clutter-free closet, start by getting rid of everything you no longer need. Clothes and accessories that are damaged, no longer fit or you haven’t worn for 9 months+ are all things that can go.
It’s worth remembering that no matter how big or small your closet is, space is never the real problem. Our clutter problems are always to do with our clutter mindset, rather than the space. So declutter regularly, not just once every 5 years! The more often you do it the easier and quicker it will be.
2. Create a system that works for you
Besides the bed, your closet is most likely the largest piece of furniture in your bedroom. And often your closet isn’t just one piece of furniture but can include shelves, dressers, storage boxes and more. It could be a system you inherited or maybe you bought a wardrobe you loved the look of without actually working out if it was right for your stuff. Either way you may have ended up with something that isn’t designed for your specific needs.
Changing your closet can feel like a big step, but unless it’s been intentionally designed for your needs, it will be so worth changing it in the long run if you can. It doesn’t have to cost a fortune either – there are so many affordable closet systems out there or you can DIY it or do a combo. Often times you can even work with the closet you have by adding/removing rails, shelves etc depending on your needs. Once you have space for all your stuff, keeping everything organised becomes so much easier.
3. Pack away out of season clothes
So many of us cram our wardrobes with clothes that we don’t wear in the current season. When it’s snowing outside you definitely don’t need summer tops and dresses in your wardrobe. And in summer, those chunky sweaters and fur lined boots don’t need to be taking up precious closet space. It takes a little effort but it will be worth doing every season.
Lifewit have some low profile clothes storage bags for under the bed or bigger ones if you have space elsewhere in your home. I like their fabric clothes storage bags because they’re affordable and are shaped for practical easy storage around the home. They come in a range of sizes and there are ones that are big enough to store several blankets and duvets even. Every box has a clear see-through panel so you know exactly what’s in there. When not in use, they’re easy to fold away flat, taking up hardly any space. You can take a look at their storage bags here.
4. Move coats elsewhere
Those of us who live in countries where we have cold winters own many big, chunky coats. Add to that accessories like gloves, scarves, muffs and more But who says these coats and accessories have to be stored in our bedroom closet even in winter? In my current home, I moved all my coats to the entryway and the amount of space I freed up in my closet hanging area was huge. I also got a basket to put accessories in. I was no longer having to fight to get clothes out of my closet and I could see all my clothes so much better.
If you don’t have enough space for a coat closet in your entryway, is there somewhere else you can move the coats to? Do you have space in a spare bedroom closet or can you put up some coat hooks in the entryway? Or else get a slim coat stand and place it in a corner of your bedroom. There are lots of solutions even in a small home and once you’ve moved your coats out of your main closet, you’ll never look back!
5. Organise your clothes by use (and by colour)
If like me you reach for the same 3-4 outfits each week (don’t we all?), make sure they’re right in front of your wardrobe, where you can grab them almost with your eyes closed. Other stuff that you wear occasionally, but is still seasonal can be placed further back.
If you want to go a step further, organising your clothes by colour makes your wardrobe instantly look tidier and far less chaotic. I’ve done this and I love how organised it looks even when it’s not particularly tidy. It’s quick to do and the results are worth it. And if you keep buying too much of the same thing (e.g. white shirts), you’ll soon see you need to get rid of some.
6. Use storage accessories
There are so many storage accessories out there that help you save space and stay organised. Little things like drawer dividers can turn a messy, over-stuffed drawer in to a tidy space where everything is visible and where you have more space than you thought. Another favourite of mine is wall hooks. They’re great for hanging handbags and scarves – especially handbags that often get left on the floor. There are space saving hangers that take up less space in your closet, hanging organisers which can be used to store little things and so much more. Look around for storage accessories that will work hard to help you organize your closet.
7. Roll and store
Have you ever tried rolling and storing your clothes rather than folding? Clothes like pyjamas, t-shirts, workout gear, sweatshirts etc can all be rolled and placed in your drawers. This saves a space but the benefits go beyond space saving. It makes it much easier to see everything rather than having to pull out big piles of clothes to find the one you want. And we all know once you pull out a t-shirt from the middle of a pile, the whole pile looks a bit of a mess.
Getting started on organising your closet can feel overwhelming. One handy tip to keep you motivated, is to take pictures of your closet space before you start. And then compare every small bit of progress you make to the before pictures – this will spur you on. It’s a simple little trick that does wonders especially if organizing your closet is something you’ve been putting off forever!
Those are some of my favourite tips to organize your closet. They’ve worked for me so I know they’ll work for you too. And if you’re in need to clothes storage bags, don’t forget take a look at LifeWit.
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