3 Simple Hacks for a More Organized Closet
By: Valeria Ramos
If walking into your closet feels overwhelming, cluttered, and stressful, chances are that getting dressed every morning is not a pleasant experience for you.
Spring is the perfect time to hit the refresh button and get rid of that which no longer serves you. Not sure where to start? Here are three simple hacks for a more organized closet.
1. Sort your clothes into three piles
Taking the first step to organizing your closet can often be the most difficult, but breaking down the process into three sorting segments makes the process incredibly simple. Start sorting through the items in your closet and divide everything into three piles—keep, donate, and sell.
Once your wardrobe is divided into these categories, you can return everything you’re keeping to your closet in a more organized way. Next, pack up the ‘donate’ pile and deliver it to your nearest Goodwill or thrift store. Finally, keep your ‘sell’ pile in a separate bin that you can access when you’re ready to list items on apps like Poshmark, Vinted, or Depop.
Pro Tip: While scouring through your wardrobe, ask yourself “If I saw this in a store right now, would I buy it?” If the answer is no, or even maybe, it’s time to donate or sell the item. A closet filled with things you’ll maybe wear one day does not a wardrobe make. Think of it this way—the more you rid your closet of items you hardly wear, the more room you’ll have for items you actually love.
2. Use the ribbon method
Whether cleaning out your closet is an annual ritual for you or you’re struggling to let unworn items go, the ribbon method is a simple hack that can help you organize your closet. Simply tie a ribbon on the left or right side of the hanging rod in your closet and each time you wear something, place it back on one side of the ribbon.
At the end of each month, you’ll be able to see which clothes you wore and which items were left abandoned on the other side of the ribbon. Giving away what you don’t wear is a simple and rewarding result of taking the time to get organized.
Pro Tip: Make a note on your phone of the day you implemented the ribbon method so that you can check your results after a month.
3. Style your space and make it fun
If the idea of organizing alone isn’t thrilling enough for you, make the process fun by listening to music or your favorite podcast. You can also get creative and redecorate your closet space. Whether you have a walk-in or a barely-there closet, adding shoe racks, color-coordinated storage bins, and a full-length mirror are simple ways to change up the look and feel of your space.
Pro Tip: Neutral hangers and storage bins can make your closet look and feel more organized and clean.