***Space is all relevant isn't it? What one person might consider big, might be tiny to someone else. I don't have a dresser, so ALL of my clothes are located in this closet. My husband has a dresser where he stores a small amount of his clothes, but for the most part we share this closet. We have had to make it work, so I thought I would share some of my tips in case they can be helpful for anyone else in a similar closet situation.***
1. Keep out-of-season clothes elsewhere. This is my #1 tip and something I would do even if I had a large closet. During the summer, we keep all of our sweaters, jackets, long-sleeve tops, etc. in plastic storage bins under our bed and in the attic. This is vital for two reasons:
- Space. Keeping out-of-season items out of sight frees up space for other, seasonal clothes.
- Forces you to purge clothes twice a year. Every time I change out seasonal clothes (for us, usually April and October) I go through each item currently hanging in the closet. I pull out the seasonal clothes and sort through them. Each item that hasn't been worn during that season (more details below) gets donated. Essentially, less clothing goes into storage each year (or, more realistically for me, the new items I've bought replace the items I get rid of, so I never have to worry about storing more items).
2. Purge At Least Twice A Year. I mentioned above that I purge during each seasonal change, but I usually do it more often, because I really love it (I know, it's weird). Here are my tips on purging:
- Change your perspective. I LOVE getting rid of things - I find it extremely liberating and freeing. I think having that perspective is easier said than done, however. If you're the type of person that hangs on to things because your convinced it will come back in style, train yourself to think differently. Do you love to shop? Maybe one item out means another item in. Are you sentimental? Take a picture of the item then donate it. Or, if you are still struggling just watch a few episodes of TLC's Hoarders and see if that changes your perspective:)
- Get rid of anything you haven't worn in a year. There are a couple of ways you can keep track of this - turn your hangers one way and then as you wear items, flip them the other way. Or, place all of your clothing items on one side of your closet and move them to the other as you wear them. Personally, I have so few clothes it's easy to remember whether or not I've worn them.
- Donate or sell old items. Here is a great article on how to sell, swap or donate clothes. You can also try to sell items with storenvy, poshmark, plato's closet, or other similar stores.
|container store, target, ikea|
Other places that may be underutilized: the back of a closet door, space underneath hanging clothes and corners of shelves.
7. Know what works for you. Organization is different for every person. That's what makes it fun. For example, I love the idea of storing t-shirts vertically so can see them all (<< click for video).
I love the idea, but that won't work for me because I have short, flimsy, plastic drawers for my t-shirts. However, t-shirts aren't a part of my every day wardrobe because I work in an office. So, there really is no reason for me to be able to see them all at the same time.
Or take this example for storing your purses:
I painted them.