You’ve gone on a shopping spree. But you’re still stressed out each morning trying to pick the right thing to wear to work. Have no fear — some easy organizing steps to declutter your closet will make things much, much easier. Here are some tips that will help immediately:
Make a Goodwill pile. A fast way to declutter your closet is to go through everything in it and take a hard look at each piece of clothing. Have you worn it in the past year? If not, you probably don’t need it anymore. You’ll be amazed how easy it is to have a big pile of clothes to donate while opening space for the new additions you’ve just brought home.
Group your clothes. It may be obvious, but as you look at what you’ve got, putting all your socks, pants, shirts, etc., together is a big step. Extra credit if you go beyond that and then color code your groups of clothing.
Know what to hang and what to stack. Items such as dresses, skirts, dress shirts and suits should always be hanging up in your closet — preferably with hangars of the same color. Then pieces like sweaters and jeans can be stacked on shelves or placed in drawers. Next roll smaller items like T-shirts, pajamas and workout clothes and place into drawers as a space-saving measure.
The order you dress is the order you organize. If you have a series of dressers that hold lots of clothes, organize them in the order in which you put your clothes on each morning. These will be your first stop before looking to your hangars for outerwear. And speaking of that, store your most-used clothes at eye level so that they are directly in your line of sight.
One in, one out. It’s simple: Next time you go on a shopping spree, for each piece of clothing you buy, donate one you don’t wear anymore. It keeps your closet from overflowing and will help you keep it organized.