It’s officially fall and the weather (and a few leaves!) are starting to change. Personally, I’m excited to wear sweatshirts and boots again, although I’m not quite ready for snow! I do love Nashville weather though and fall is my favorite time of year.
When it comes to organizing your closet, fall means either bringing your “off season” clothing back from somewhere else and switching out the summer or pulling the winter clothes from the back of the closet to the front.
This seems pretty straightforward. How hard can closet organization be anyway? Here are three things that I often see when helping people with their closets.
1. The closet is the “catch-all” for anything in the house that doesn’t have a home.
Clothes are smooshed into the closet because not only clothes and shoes live there, but linens, vacuum cleaners, memorabilia and tons of other things share that space. You will be much better off in the long run if your closet is for clothes and you find another home for all the things that don’t belong. Even small closets can hold a lot if you stack boxes on top of one another on shelving.
Another common issue is to have clothes that are either too small or too big taking up prime space in your closet. An easy solution is to pack these items up and mark them clearly. Don’t let them take up valuable space. You’ve heard it before, but if you haven’t worn it in a year, you probably never will. Share those items with someone in need.
2. Like items are not living together.
This is very easy if you put your mind to it. Put all your jeans together, then all your nice pants, all your long-sleeved tops, etc. Then, make a second sort by color so all your white long-sleeved tops are together, your light blue long-sleeved tops, and so on. This saves you time in the morning and also saves you money because you don’t buy an eighth white button-down shirt, not realizing you already have seven!
3. The floor is so littered with items that you can’t even tell what’s there.
I realize that not all of you have huge walk-in master closets. I have a reach in closet and yet only have a few pairs of boots at the bottom of my closet. My shoes live in a hanging bag with pockets on the back of my door but my tall boots are on the floor (during boot season) for easy access and because they don’t fit in the shoe bag.
My point is that you want to be able to see what’s in your closet at a glance and if you have dirty clothing, old shopping bags, or dozens of pairs of shoes on the floor, you won’t want to go into your closet and you will feel stressed when you do. So take everything off the floor of your closet and decide if it belongs in there at all, and, if so, find a new home for it.