When you know what your closet style is, then you can work toward it!
Clothing is an everyday part of life, which means your closet is a central part of your morning. Does it take forever to find what you want to wear each day? Do you roam the house, looking through piles of laundry for what you want? Getting dressed can be simple and stress-free, but not if your closet threatens an avalanche when you open it. A simple-to-use, calm and orderly closet? You can make it happen! Over the next four weeks I’ll take you through the steps you can take to make your closet work for YOU. The first step: find your closet style.
Why Organize My Closet?
An organized closet brings many benefits! An organized closet…
- contains ALL of your clothes, so you only have one place to go to find what you need.
- contains clothes you like and wear. You can go into your closet and be guaranteed to pick out something that fits you and matches your personal style.
- keeps your clothes in better condition. When they’re wadded up on the floor, or languishing in the dryer, clothes develop wrinkles. The less you have to iron, the longer your clothes will last. And who wants to iron, anyway?
- makes it clear which clothes are clean. When your clothes are strewn all about the house, it can be difficult to tell the dirty stuff from the clean stuff. Clothes might go through the wash two or three times! When all your clothes have a home, it’s simple to tell what’s clean.
- is decluttered, meaning you have fewer clothes to deal with overall. Things might get worn more often, which gives you a chance to update your wardrobe with current styles without having barely-worn items hanging around for ages.
- is eco- and budget-friendly! When you store clothes properly, they last longer and you won’t have to buy new ones. Donating items that you don’t wear gives them a chance to be loved by someone else, too. The longer a piece of clothing stays in circulation, the less new clothing has to be made. Don’t buy into the throwaway mentality of fast fashion!
Speaking of Fast Fashion…
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Find Your Style
Closet style is about more than color palette! To achieve any goal, you first have to know what that goal is. When you know what kind of closet you want, then you can work toward it. Ask yourself questions like these to learn what your closet style is!
How much space do I have?
This one’s pretty literal. Unless you plan to knock down some walls and remodel, your closet has fixed dimensions. Be realistic about the space you have, so you can plan accordingly. A large walk-in closet can accommodate a more relaxed and spacious style, whereas a smaller closet focuses on storing clothes efficiently.
How do I want to use my closet?
Do you love getting dressed in the morning, and want a space to take your time choosing the perfect outfit? Your perfect closet would have room to get dressed, mirrors to check yourself out in (hint: you look great!), and perhaps a place for accessories. Maybe you’re a grab-and-go person who wants to get dressed and hit the road. Your perfect closet is compact and utilitarian, and uses efficient storage solutions to maximize capacity. When you organize your closet, it should directly support how you want to use it. Function first, then form!
What do I want my closet to look like?
Once you know how your closet should behave, then think about the aesthetics. Are you a minimalist who craves simplicity? How about a cozy, relaxing vibe? Maybe you’re more utilitarian, and function is all that matters to you. Glam as heck? Go for it! When you start organizing your closet, keep your visual style in mind, and then use storage tools that reflect your personality. Aesthetics aren’t frivolous–if you like the way your closet looks and feels, then you’re MUCH more likely to maintain it.
Try This Worksheet
Don’t just ask yourself these questions in passing. Use this downloadable worksheet to pin down your closet goals! You can print it out, or save paper and fill it in electronically.
Next week when we dig into the decluttering process, use the worksheet as a motivator and guide. You CAN have the closet you want, with some determination and elbow grease.
What’s your closet style like right now? What closet style do you want to have? Tell me in the comments below!
I want my closet to be “easy” to use. I’m not really much of a clothing person, and I am lucky to have a decent closet. One thing that was bothering me was the mismatch of hangers, so I asked for new ones for Christmas. Putting in homogenous hangers has made my closet look so much better, and I would say even function better. I can easily see the choices, and that works for me.
I’m all for an “easy” closet! Asking for organization supplies for Christmas is definitely something I could see myself doing…
I have a casual lifestyle, so most of my clothing fits in my dresser. The items in my closet are sorted by short sleeved blouses, long sleeved blouses, long sleeved shirts, hoodies, dressier jackets, and dresses. Dress pants and skirts are on a special hanger. It seems to be working well for me.
Awesome! I like a hybrid approach. Drawers are so compact, and hanging helps delicate fabrics stay their best.
There is joy in an organized closet. I love being able to see things easily. It makes it simpler to choose what I’m going to wear and take retrieve and return items to their ‘homes.’
What a great approach you have for pre-thinking first to determine what you want and need from your closet. Great questions!
Thanks, Linda! Introspection is such an important part of organizing.
Great points, especially the prompts for why an organized closet is essential about about more than mere aesthetics. I love the downloadable because it reflects ways of thinking about a closet I wouldn’t consider for myself, and might need to consider in more depth for clients. For me, a closet is where hanging clothes live; that’s it. I’d never think to use a closet as a dressing room. Apparently I’m utilitarian. Who knew? (Also, I disagree a bit with the idea that a closet is where all your clothes live; it’s where all your hanging clothes should live; folded clothes generally live in a dresser, and it’s rare for a dresser to fit inside a closet unless you live in a McMansion with built-in drawers in the closet.)
Fashion is definitely a concern.
Oops, that should have said *fast* fashion is definitely a concern.
Fair point about drawers vs. hangers! I do think a hybrid approach is great, so you can hang clothes that need it and fold those that can!