In 6 years of organizing (and many years prior organizing as a hobby) I’ve never come across anyone who has said “ Oh my closet? No, I have plenty of room!”. Big, small, walk-in, skinny, it doesn’t matter. We could all use an extra foot (or ten!) in our closets. This extra space can make a significant impact on how you use your closet and can save you time.
If a complete closet renovation won’t fit into your budget or patience level, there is still hope. Try out one (or all of them!) and soon enough your closet will be in much better shape and working for you!
SORT AND PURGE: Take everything (and I mean everything) out and get it sorted. If you are storing your clothes or shoes elsewhere, bring those in as well so you can properly group all of the clothes. This will give you an opportunity to see just how many black pants and jeans you have. The answer: probably too many!
TOO SMALL, TOO BIG: We’ve all got those clothes that don’t fit. You hold on to the larger sizes in the event you need them and hold on to the smaller sizes in hopes you might need them. Time for some tough love with yourself. Will you ever realistically get into the smaller sizes? Do you really want the bigger sizes acting as a security blanket? At a bare minimum, clothes that don’t fit can have a negative effect that you shouldn’t subject yourself to every time you open the closet door. If you really want to hang on to these clothes find another home for them…under your bed, in the attic, in another closet.
BE HONEST: If it doesn’t make you feel good, it’s time for it to go! We all have that piece of clothing or accessory that we know doesn’t look great but we hold on to for whatever reason. Maybe it was expensive, maybe your mom got it for you, maybe it was the first designer piece you bought. Whatever the reason, someone else out there could be appreciating it. Let it go.
SLIMLINE HANGERS: Bottom line, they save space. And usually a lot of it. There are all kinds of different options out there for all kinds of different budgets.
IMPORTANT REAL ESTATE: Whether it’s formal dresses, cocktail attire or that suit you wear twice a year, those infrequently used items don’t get high priority when it comes to space in your closet. They should be placed either in the back of the closet (so you aren’t reaching over them to get to your daily wear) or in a secondary closet.