Happy Closet, Happy Life

Tips for seasonal cleaning, organizing your closet, and getting the most out of your wardrobe.

When the seasons change, it’s the perfect excuse to go on a shopping spree to update your wardrobe. And before you know it, you’ve run out of space in your closet. We’ve all been there! While it’s exciting to get fresh new looks, the potential clutter can be a frustrating side effect if you’re not proactive with your organization. Sure, being in the middle of summer heat may not seem like the ideal time to think about seasonal cleaning of your closet, but once you start buying those thick sweaters and boots, you’ll be wishing for more space. Plus, end of season sales are a great way to stock up on looks for next year. So how can you make it work? Here are a few tips on maximizing your closet space and efficiently getting the most out of your wardrobe.

Organizational tools for your closet
Take advantage of smart organizational tools for maximizing space in your closet. Use a multilevel shoe rack instead of putting your shoes on the floor. Choose a shoe rack with an adjustable width to customize the size for your closet. Reusable plastic hooks can be adhered to walls or your closet door to hang accessories like belts, bags, and hats, instead of taking up precious shelf space. Under shelf baskets are a smart way to create storage under your shelves, and are perfect for keeping smaller accessories like gloves and scarves. Shelf dividers are also efficient at stacking more clothes in separate sections, and behind-the-door hanging storage is also worth considering for shoes if there is not enough floor space for a shoe rack.

The hanger trick
Flip all your clothes hangers in one direction, and when you wear that item, turn the hanger in the opposite direction. This way, you can track what you’ve worn and donate what you haven’t to charity. It’s a handy trick to prove visually that you don’t need to keep what you don’t wear.

Knowing what to toss
Don’t let your thrifty tendencies win over making you look your best. If a garment is stained, no longer fits, sags in the wrong places or is faded in color, consider replacing with a new, better version of the item.

Don’t keep it if it doesn’t fit
Sometimes we think smaller clothes are a motivation to diet and once again fit in that size. Losing weight does not happen overnight. We recommend storing those clothes in a separate area until you’re able to wear them, and feel rewarded once you make that swap for smaller sizes in your closet later on.

Take care of unnecessary clutter
When shopping to organize your closet, choose thinner hangers and store ones that you’re not using in a separate space. And when you get your dry cleaning, remove that plastic wrapping around it that traps chemicals and makes your closet look visually unappealing.

Long clothes, more floor space
Group your long-hanging clothes on one end of the closet, and the shorter ones on the other end, to maximize floor space for a mini dresser for accessories or a shoe rack.

Make your closet look bigger
Hanging mirrors, painting with a light color, or adding battery-powered light bulbs are a great way to create the illusion of a bigger closet.

Maintenance of the space
If you’ve maximized your space and find yourself struggling to maintain the organization, it’s likely a sign that you should let something go whenever you bring something new in. Seasonal reorganization to put away clothes that you’re not going to be wearing during those months is a very helpful tactic.

Plus: Wear now, wear later: summer dresses
End of season sales mean that summer dresses will be on discount the next few weeks. Ever thought of transitioning them into a fall look? As colder weather roles around, think of your summer dress as one part of your layered outfit. Wearing a cozy, loose fitting sweater over it keep you warm on those cool days. Pair with boots to complete the fall look.