Can I tell you a quick story? A few years ago, I met a very inspiring woman (let’s name her Lisa). We’ve met at a baby shower party, talked a lot, found a lot of agreements on various topics and eventually became friends.
Now, Lisa was a real superwoman – always good looking, always smiling, always ready to work (she was a real estate consultant) and her home was always MEGA organized. Like, if you came to her home, it always looked like she had an invisible maid who made sure that not a single nano-dust was anywhere to be found. Being a tidy lover, I admired that a lot and even envied her a little (“where does she find enough time to do all of that?”).
One day, we were spending time in her living room, chatting about our daily struggles when suddenly we heard a loud *POP!* in the bathroom. We ran to see what happened and saw that her tap water pipe has burst and there was water – leaking everywhere like crazy!
“Quickly! We need to stick something in that hole or else it will damage downstairs neighbor’s apartment!” – shouted Lisa. She tried stopping the flow with a small face towel but it was definitely not enough. “Go to my bedroom and get the biggest towel you can find, quickly!” – she yelled in a panicky voice and I literally flew there in a second.
In her bedroom, I saw a big closet with sliding doors and quickly ran to look for a towel. I opened the door and… I was stunned. That closet was A TOTAL NIGHTMARE! And by that I mean a literal mess everywhere – clothes piled up to the ceiling, socks, underwear, towels shoved into overflowing drawers, dirty shoes rolling around at the bottom… For a second I couldn’t believe it – Lisa’s home was squeaky clean and organized to the roof, but this closet was the worst!
I remembered about the water, quickly grabbed the first towel I could find and ran to help Lisa. I held the towel against that bursting pipe hole while Lisa called emergency plumbers who came in 10 minutes (impressive, huh?) and fixed the issue. After that, I quickly left to change my soaking wet clothes.
So… What’s the moral of this story? No matter how neat you think a person is, trust me, everyone winds up a with a messy closet sometimes! Even Lisa, a queen of a mega organized home, had a secret mess hiding in her bedroom. I still can’t explain why (and at this point, I am too afraid to ask her), but honestly – it’s not shameful, nor is it bad – I guess it’s just how life is.
So, if you’re sitting in your room and looking at your whole mess of a closet, please know that it’s ok. Don’t think that all of your friends have perfectly tidy closets all the time. In fact, I bet Jenna from your work is desperately trying to find a sock in hers now.
The good thing is – it’s fixable! It might look like a huge amount of work – and it probably is, but fear not. I bundled up a few tips that will help you organize your closet in one afternoon with the smallest amount of effort. By using the following tips you can organize your closet in a matter of just a couple of hours!
So, put your brave face on and get ready to find a secret of a streamlined wardrobe.
1. What Do You Need To Organize Your Closet?
Before actually sorting through clothes and organizing your closet items, you will have to clean and remove all the dust inside. It means that you will need some cleaning supplies! Get ready things like trash bags, soap, warm water, a cloth, rags, boxes, hangers, organizers and even some pen and paper to label stuff and prevent future cluttering.
2. Get Everything Out Of Your Wardrobe
Think of it as a spring cleaning. Everything needs to get ou,t prior to getting organized. It is true that at first, it looks like a drastic approach, yet it is rather productive and will let you finish the job quicker than you expect.
3. Clean Everything, Vacuum And Make Sure There Is No Dust Left
Dust particles can lead to allergies, especially in sensitive people. So, you will want to remove it before placing your clothes back in. Wipe down the entire closet with cleaning products and vacuum the dirtiest areas too, for example where you store shoes or boxes.
4. Sort Everything Through
Take four large baskets and use them as it follows:
- One for stuff you want to give away
- One for items that need to be washed
- One for things that are clean and that you want to keep
- One for items that need to be thrown away (ripped, stained, unusable items).
Get rid of everything that is damaged or you don’t wear anymore. Stick to the items you like and wore more often in the past year.
Also, organize stuff depending on their purpose – make a designated space for bags or backpacks, space for shoes, a separate one for belts and one for scarves and gloves.
Jeans and pants should be in one place, while t-shirts or blouses in another. I personally prefer hanging instead of folding but this one is up to you. Dresses and flowy blouses, however, should hang freely on the hanger. At the bottom of your closet, straight on the floor, you can stack your shoes, preferably in shoe boxes (you can mark them with a marker so you always know which box contains which shoes).
There are also a lot of closet organizers that you can get online to increase your closet storage space and keep things tidy! Here are a few goodies I found on Amazon:
5. Only Hang And Fold What You Will Continue To Wear
As I’ve mentioned above, keep only the items you need! And just in case you have a really long afternoon, a great tip for keeping things even more organized is ironing clothes before placing them on a hanger. This will help you dress up quickly and not make a mess in the search of something less wrinkled.
6. Do Some Laundry
In order to organize your closet in one afternoon, you will have to get proactive. Before rearranging your closet stuff, or while you’re hanging clothes that are already clean, consider doing some laundry. It will help get you those clean clothes ready at the same time you finish organizing your closet.
7. Plan To Give Away What You Don’t Wear
A common sense rule for preventing clutter in the wardrobe is to give away everything that you don’t use, but that can still be used by someone else.
Don’t think twice about giving stuff that you don’t need or use away. Just consider the fact that there is someone out there who would feel happy to have those items to wear! Cleaning your closet is all about clearing out the chaos and mess, so unnecessary clothes need to go, and if it can also serve a good purpose, it ‘s just another reason to do that.
Keep a Close Eye on Your Closet
By this time, you should be happy and proud of your freshly organized close. But it is not enough to tidy things in one afternoon. If you want to keep that tidiness in order, you may have to set up a routine and keep things in place. Constant maintenance promotes a habit of keeping things in order and will get you easy access to clothes whenever you need them.
Also, it is a great idea to thoroughly clean your closet at least three times a year, to avoid a situation like Lisa’s nightmare closet.
Helpful things to ask yourself when cleaning or maintaining your closet:
- Have I worn it recently?
- Do I need it?
- Does it actually fit me?
- Is it in good condition?
These four questions will get you a deeper understanding of what to keep in your wardrobe and what can you give away. It is true that it’s hard to say goodbye to things you own… But for the sake of an organized closet, it’s best to make room for new items that will actually be used and loved.
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