How To Organize Your Closet & Wardrobe

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Before 😛

How to organize your closet and wardrobe. For the unorganized, it’s difficult and tries our stress and patience levels. For the organized, you put away everything neatly and always in the exact spot. And for the in between? You’re probably busy and can’t set time to organize your closet and/or dresser every month! Or week… or day.

Anywho, my rule is, if I can’t find something in the closet or my drawers, or I can’t breathe in the closet, it’s time to clean it out. This is even harder because I (Hadassah) share a closet with four younger sisters. And the ages range from 8-3.

So, I generally organize our closet every month, or sometimes twice a month. Okay, halt here; I want to tell you that I’ve always been organized. Or I try to be!! Sometimes it’s not all that easy. I’m not bragging- my mom tells the story of when I was two and I’d dump out my older brother’s train sets to organize them by color. Chores took me forever and my mom’d constantly remind me that organizing my room wasn’t all the chores I had when I was seven, haha xD And here I am today, as a teenager trying to figure out how to organize a small closet for five girls and all of their dressers! 😝

If you share a closet or dresser, I’m totally with you on the “Move over!! I can’t fit all my clothes in this tiny spot!” in the closet. Totally, totally, totally with you on that 😂

So today I want to share with you guys my favorite techniques, tips, and tricks for organizing your closet/wardrobe! Especially if you share with *ahem*, more unorganized people.

BEFORE YOU START ORGANIZING EVERYTHING:

  1. Take out everything from your closet and your drawers and sort it into piles: Keep, Out of Season, Giveaway, Discard, Sell.
  2. After you’ve taken out all the stuff that won’t go back into your closet or dresser, keep the things in piles and start organizing with the tips & tricks below!

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HOW I FOLD SHIRTS:

I like to go with Marie Kondo’s style of folding t-shirts (or other shirts) because it takes up such little space in your drawers! Sometimes I will organize by color, sometimes by sleeve length, and sometimes randomly. I say if you’re going to wear it in public and not just around the house, then go ahead and hang it up in your closet. For out of season tees, (if I don’t want to store them away) I’ll just fold those in my drawers to give me extra hangers. 🙂

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HOW I HANG UP CLOTHES:

I’ve always gone with plastic hangers because they’re cheap and usually come in such large packs. I have organized into sections by color of hanger, but I generally just put the smaller clothes on small baby hangers and the larger clothes with bigger necklines on the full sized hangers. General rules for hanging up clothes are:

-Skirts/Pants go on pant hangers or hung over regular sized hangers

-Dresses go on regular sized hangers

-Shirts go on regular sized hangers

-Sweaters can be hung up but if long-sleeved, fold over the sleeves over the top of the hanger

TIPS & TRICKS:

-Camis/spaghetti strapped tank tops can be hung together on one hanger

-Scarves can be hung on these special kind of room-saving hangers

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HOW SHOULD I ORGANIZE MY CLOTHES THAT ARE HANGING UP?

My favorite ways to organize change all the time, so I’ll just give you some general ways. It really depends on what you like and what works for you! 😉

  1. By color
  2. By type of clothing
  3. By most used
  4. By pattern
  5. By “casual” to “fancy/church” (left to right)
  6. By outfits

WHAT SHOULD I HANG UP?

  1. Formal dresses
  2. Button-down shirts
  3. Skirts
  4. Nice pants
  5. Collared shirts
  6. Dresses
  7. Cardigans
  8. Sweaters (hung a special way!)
  9. Suits
  10. Jackets
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After I organized my closet…

ACCESORIES & OTHER:

There’s lots of options for organizing your accessories out there, even some cute DIYS on Pinterest for making it easier. My favorite ways to organize belts and ribbons to dresses are on simple coat hooks attached to a board in our closet. For headbands and hair accessories, we use a jewelry organizer hanging on the back of our downstairs coat closet door. And for shoes we use shoe pockets, similar here.  Here’s some inspiration for your closet… or even outside of your closet!

SPACES YOU SHOULD NEVER LET GO TO WASTE:

  1. Inside of the door
  2. Closet floor
  3. Blank wall space
  4. Overhead shelves (if any)
  5. Outside of the door (yes, outside! I hang up our hoodies on hooks on the outside!)

For yoga pants, pajamas, workout clothes, socks, tights, leggings etc. etc., I just fold those in regular American ways 😅

I would really recommend Marie Kondo’s books for helping you sort out more of your wardrobe and living space. You can find them here and here.  😘

What are your tips for organizing your wardrobe/closet?

Xo,

Hadassah S., Founder & Fashionista at Joyfully You

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