I have SO many clothes, and I’ve already gone through them twice to get rid of stuff I don’t wear anymore/doesn’t fit and I have no idea how to try and organize it all. I have jeans, skirts, tank tops, tube tops, tshirts, dresses, etc…pretty much you name it, I own it in some style or another. And I do have the space for it (2 dressers with a total of 11 drawers plus a decent sized closet.) Help?
My blog is just the place to find the steps needed to get your space looking and working just the way you need. There are lots of rebloggings and photos for advice and inspiration as well, which might be where you need the most help.
The best part is that you don’t need money to organize a space! I really emphasize on repurposing items that you already have to organize a space. This way, you’re staying financially responsible by not buying things you might not need, going green, and making your space work for you rather than the other way around. There’s nothing wrong with buying the things you want to make your space just how you like it, but it’s always good to repurpose what you have to make sure you like the system you started with before you really invest money into it.
Here’s the link to my blog page explaining the Life Rules for Organizing. Don’t worry, I’ll go over it with you in this post; it’s that easy: http://overtlyorganized.tumblr.com/Liferules
I’ll also give some suggestions as far as what types of items are popular for organizing closets and dressers and give links from Amazon at the bottom for you to check out.
So here we go:
- Purge Consistently and Efficiently. It seems that you’ve already gone through all of your items that you’re planning on putting in your closet and dressers. If you have other things you’re planning to put in your closet or dressers like shoes and bags, go through them as well. This way you know you have everything that you really want and need and not wasting space with the things you don’t love any more.
- Prioritize Your Belongings. Usually this applies more to things you keep backups of like cleaning supplies, so this isn’t very applicable to your closet and dresser. If you do have extras or backups of certain items, make sure that they’re stored in a place where they won’t be in the way of currently used items. Try not to store them where you’ll forget about them either.
- Repurpose Items to Your Advantage. For me, this is the best thing about organizing, aside from the fact that everything is organized. Repurposing items to help you organize is a great way of finding out a lot about your style and the things that you can invest money into for the perfect set up. Using left over shoe boxes, unused drinking glasses or vases, etc. to store your things just right is a big help to your pocket. If you decide to ditch an idea and try a new set up, you won’t lose any money in the storage items you won’t use anymore. Once you find the perfect set up, you can invest in your space however you choose.
- Store Items to Save Space. This is the most strategic and important part to organizing. Work with your space to store the most items while making it easy to access. If you’re having trouble finding space for a specific item, you may want to rethink whether or not you really need it. Otherwise, you’ll make a point to adjust your storage to accommodate that item.
- Label Items. When in doubt, use a label. When it comes to clothes, label items that are seasonal and stored away where they aren’t used often. I personally find that most things in closets and dressers don’t need labels because they’re used regularly and/or are stored in a way where you can see every item clearly, but it’s an individual preference.
- Maintain. Keep it up! It’s so easy to keep with a system once it’s started. It’s much harder to reorganize everything once you’ve left it get really messy. Simply don’t let that cycle start, and you will be a happy camper.
Now that we’ve gone over the basics, let’s look at how you want your clothes stored. What do you prefer folded or hung up? By separating the clothes into those categories, you can eyeball how much room you need for each set up. For example, maybe you like a lot of your clothes hung rather than folded, so focus on saving a much space as possible in your closet.
The next step is to decide how you want your clothes hung. I personally store my hung items by sleeve length and each section is in color order. If you have a lot of clothes to hang, I suggest buying the flocked space saver hangers. They work well to keep your clothes from sliding off and they’re also thinner than the basic plastic tubed hangers, so you’ll save more space without cramming your clothes together to where they crease or wrinkle. If you have enough of clothes to take up two clothing rods, think about installing a rod higher up and a rod lower to utilize the height of the closet. This depends on your space and whether or not you need shelving for storing non-hanging items like shoes, folded sweaters, etc.
If you have shelving that you’d like to use for folded items, it’s a good idea to use dividers to help keep the stacks from toppling over. There are also hanging shelves available. They come in different sizes and colors, so you have a good chance of finding one that will complement your decor.
When it comes to dressers, It’s all about the way you fold and how you divide the space. I personally use boxes from items I’ve purchased monthly because they were all the same size and fit in my drawers well. They sell drawer dividers too.
Here’s a link to see how to fold your clothes to save space: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0rbogDaB-n0
Here are some links to the items I’ve mentioned:
Of course, there are always extra goodies available like scented sweater boards and sachets to make your clothes smell great and protect them from moths. Hopefully this helped you get an idea of where to start and how you want to use your space! Happy organizing and have a good one!