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How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love My Closets

The idea of going through the items in your closet and organizing them can often seem like an overwhelming task. It is not uncommon to feel a lot of stress or worry when making decisions on what to keep or throw away. So what is the secret when it comes to having a space that is organized, neat and functional?

Here are some tips that will help you love your closet again.

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Purge Your Wardrobe – Use It Or Lose It

The first thing that each of us needs to do in connection with closet comfort is to take everything out and examine all of those things we know deep in our heart we will never wear again:

  • Any piece of clothing that has a permanent stain or a hole that cannot be mended.
  • Clothes that look amazing on the rack but that you don’t wear out.
  • Older clothing which looks shabby and only has sentimental value.
  • Items that no longer fit your body properly.
  • Shoes that are past the point of no return and are worn down.
  • Items which are noticeably lower in quality than the items you are currently purchasing. Go ahead and donate or toss those pieces of clothing!

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Now That You Are Done With Your Purge, Let’s Get Organized!

There are a lot of options when it comes to organization. Finding and implementing the method that works best for you is the key. Think about how you would like to group the items in your wardrobe. You may want to hang separates such as skirts, blouses and jackets in groups to help you see more combinations. Keep items that shed like angora or mohair away from the ones that attract like corduroy or velvet. Choose between storing folded clothes in drawers or displayed on shelves, but keep in mind that placing too many items on a shelf could lead to wrinkling. Folding sweaters and knits is often ideal, to ensure they maintain their shape. Store hosiery in clear plastic bags or dedicated drawers to avoid snags. If you can’t or don’t wish to store belts on a rack, consider keeping them organized inside a drawer with dividers. Lastly, store purses flat and loosely stuffed with tissues so they are able to retain their shape.

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So now that your closet is organized and optimized for your specific needs, how do you keep it that way?

Remember how you started this process – a hard look at what you have in your wardrobe and whether it was time to part with certain items. Keep things in order by making this a pattern. Before adding new clothing items, remove ones that don’t meet the standards you’ve set. Stay in the mindset that new pieces you bring in should be replacing others. Be prepared for when you realize that, over time, your needs have changed. Don’t be afraid to change with it. When your closet space isn’t working for you as well as it was before, don’t suffer through it. Reevaluate what you have and what type of storage works best for your lifestyle. Experiment by moving things around and trying new strategies.

If you would like help from the professionals, feel free to reach out to us for a free in-home design consultation. We ask the right questions to understand your specific needs so we can work with you to create the best possible closet design.

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