With the Konmarie method you start with your closet – in fact most people start with their closets when organizing. I love organizing closets and helping people have a clean and serene space. Here are my 5 tips for an organized closet.
1.Use the same hangers for a uniform look. I use velvet covered slim hangers in my closet. They are the best - space savers and so good looking. I can’t really explain why it matters if you have a bunch of plastic hangers or – gasp – wire hangers from the dry cleaner but using the same type / color hangers will really elevate your closet.
2.Zone your clothes. I fold and stack my sweaters (hanging them stretches them out). My jeans are all folded and stacked as well. Then I have a tops section, pants, jackets and dresses. In a hanging organizer I have all my work out clothes as well – sorted by tops and bottoms. I had a friend come over once and reorganize my closet by outfit. She curated some outfits then hung them all together so I could just go reach in and go. It’s a good idea but not sustainable. I would wear an outfit but not put it back all together and the method slowly unraveled. I put my closet back into zones within the month.
3.Color code your clothes. I can’t say enough about sorting things into ROYBIV order. Books. Kids toys. Clothes. Its so visually soothing and a great way to organize things. My tops, jackets, sweaters, and dresses are all in color order. It makes getting dressed easier and I find I use more of my closet this way. I don’t just grab a gray top out of habit. I challenge myself to wear something from the green section!
4.Use unused space. I store my purses (in color coded order) on the top shelf of my closet. I use shelf organizers to help them all stand up. I store shoes below. They are lined up under the hanging clothes in clear shoe boxes for easy stacking. Put baskets on the floor to hold scarves. Be creative with boxes and baskets in your unused spaces in your closet to maximize your useable space.
5.Don’t forget jewelry. I could do an entire blog post on jewelry storage (and I will!). Make room in your closet for your jewelry. You don’t want to have your jewelry box across the room when trying to put an outfit together. Try to find solutions that will make access to both clothes and jewelry easier. Also with jewelry I find that if you can see it, you will wear it. I have styled my jewelry storage like a boutique. I “shop” my beautiful things on display and can always find what I need.
I love working in closets! Book a consultation with me today so we can get started on creating the closet of your dreams!