One of the many great concerns of adult life is organizing your closet. But, despite it being such an important chore, most of us fail to do anything about it. There’s a reason why – organizing your closet can seem like a Herculean task, especially if you haven’t bothered to do it in a long time.
However, the good news is that it’s never too late to set things in order. In fact, here are a few tips to make your task a little easier.
Discard, discard, discard!
A very common reason for cluttered closets is hoarding. As humans, we all hoard to a certain degree. We also have our own way of reasoning things out and justifying this behavior. However, hoarding is a bad habit, and if you want to make your closet look neat, you must get rid of things you don’t need.
Now, we aren’t saying you should simply throw your clothes away, but you can donate them. For example, if you have too many old clothes or shoes, you can always donate it to someone who actually needs it.
How do you know what to donate and what to keep?
The general rule of thumb is to get rid of things that are two years or older, unless, of course, they are of substantial value. But, if there’s stuff in your closet that you really aren’t intending to use, give it away to people who will find a use for it. Only keep items that you need or genuinely like. Everything else needs to go.
Fold your clothes
Do you simply roll up your clothes and dump them in the closet? Well, if you do, you’re causing your own misery. It’s one of the most space-wasting things you can do. Be patient and take the time to fold your clothes.
You’ll be surprised by the amount of space that’s created by simply folding your clothes. To make things even more convenient, use hangers and closet organizers. They can be extremely helpful in creating and optimizing space for your stuff. Plus, they aren’t all that expensive to buy.
Follow a system
Following a system can also help you keep your closet organized. Some expert organizers suggest using a color code. For instance, you can have your whites in one place, your blacks in another. You can follow this for every color you have.
Or, you could also organize according to usage frequency. For instance, all the work wear, which you’ll need throughout the week, can be kept in a certain spot, while the casual attire can be kept in another. You can do the same for all your party wear or occasion-specific wear.
Only buy what you need
In accordance with the first suggestion, make sure you don’t buy things you don’t need. This is one of the reasons why hoarding occurs in the first place. So, every time you find yourself in a store, tempted to make a purchase, pause for a few minutes before you make a decision. Ask yourself if you really want the product you’re planning to buy. Doing this will give you enough time to reconsider your plan. In fact, you might even realize that you actually don’t need or even like what you’re buying.