Get sorted with these five simple ways to make the most of your closet space.
1. The closet purge
Toss all your clothes onto your bed and make four piles: Keep, Store, Toss and Donate. As you sort through your clothing ask yourself: Does it still fit? Is it still in style? Is this something I will really wear again? If the answer to any of these questions is no, toss it or donate it.
Extra Tip: Clear up some closet space by packing away clothing and jackets that are no longer weather appropriate. Label each box by season and stow away until it’s ready to wear once again.
2. Divide and conquer
Organize your clothing by style, keeping pants with pants, shirts with shirts, jackets with jackets, and so on. Then, divide your closet into three zones based on garment length. Toss away the standard-issue long single rod and replace it with three short rods. Install two rods up high: the first for dresses and coats; the second for hanging blouses and tops. The third rod should be installed below the second rod for skirts and folded pants.
3. Organize by colour
Once you’ve divided your clothing by style, organize these new groupings by colour. You’ll be amazed at how much time you will save during the morning rush by grouping similar styles and shades together.
4. Bags, belts and scarves, oh my!
Compartmentalize all your accessories so everything is easy to find and within reach. Stow bags upright on the top shelf. Hang scarves on a rack or neatly fold them into a basket. Utilize the space behind the closet door to hang your belts or coil them and tuck inside a box.
Extra Tip: Place newspaper or tissue paper inside your bags to keep them from flopping over.
5. One in, one out rule
Each time you add something new to your wardrobe get in the habit of throwing one item away. No exceptions—if you haven’t worn something in a year toss it or give it away.