I’ve sorted through all of my winter clothes and clothes I don’t wear anymore to prep my closet for spring. I have to admit I’m pretty good about letting go of things (aka donating) but it can just take me awhile to get to the point of donating, if that makes sense.
I’ll let my closet fill up for MONTHS and then donate nearly 6 bags of clothes in one day.
Justin and I share a closet and while I’d love the layout to be a little different, right now i’m just trying to make simple changes to implement a system that will work. I was having trouble with shoes being all over the house, so I moved the laundry baskets (we have 3!) to a new spot which allowed for about 50 inches of space for two shoe racks.
I found very inexpensive, easy to assemble shoe racks at Target and they are perfect for what I needed.
When I’m sorting through my clothes, I try hard to ask myself if that item is something I really need to keep. If I’m waivering about an item, but I’m fairly certain I can live without it, I’ll store it in a bag “out of sight” so I can see if I miss it or not.
I’ve never, ever gone looking for an item that I stored away.
Amazon is one of my go-to places for inexpensive organizational finds. Here are a few items I’ve bought over the years to keep my closet somewhat tidy!
Hanging Jewelry Organizer – Not only is this a good place to store my statement jewelry, but it also acts as a divider between my husbands dress shirts and my dresses.
Garment Bags – These are great to visually contain items that you want to keep in your closet but don’t need to be seen. I use a few for dresses, and otherwise use them for my husbands suits that don’t get worn very often!
Very tall Shoe Rack – If I had the upright space I would love to use something like this for my shoes.
Velvet hangers – These keep my clothes neatly hung, and they are very sturdy.
Handheld steamer – I used to store this in my laundry room but now I’ve moved it over to my closet. Since I use it at least once a week, it made sense to keep it close to my clothes!
3 Basket Laundry sorter – One for darks, one for lights, and one for “special care” items. This makes laundry so much easier since I don’t have to spend any time sorting.
More than anything, being thoughtful about purchases, and simply putting things where they need to go is the easiest way to stay on top of my closet clutter. Also, I shared a bit more about storing my winter clothes on this post, if you care to see more of the process.