“If you want to improve immediately, clean out a closet. Often it is what we hold onto that holds us back” –Cheryl Richardson
It is common knowledge that women generally gravitate towards clothes so much more than men. In fact, it has been shown that women tend to develop a penchant for clothes shopping much more than their male counterparts. After all, for years now, it has always been believed that fashion is more inclined to favor the fairer of the two sexes.
In this regard, women are notoriously stereotyped to have typically full closets that are, more often than not, bursting at the seams. Unfortunately, while there is nothing wrong about a woman’s affinity for clothes, having way too many apparel pieces tend to create a confusing situation wherein you have more clothes than you do have space in your wardrobe and closet spaces. If you are faced with the predicament of choosing between your prized clothing pieces and the little space in your wardrobe, then yes, you have a problem. More importantly, if you regard the area in your closet as prime real estate and yet you cannot seem to curb your clothes hoarding obsession, then you might need to address that rather pressing concern first.
While there is nothing wrong with developing a habit for purchasing clothes on a whim with no particular occasion in mind, if you are constrained to the space of a rather diminutive closet, you might want to rethink your buying habits. After all, there is no point in trying to arrange the contents inside the limited space of your closet when you are only going to be bringing more clothes to stuff it with. So, before you even think of organizing your clothes, it would make sense if you curbed or at least addressed your clothes shopping addiction.
In any case, if you are someone who has ever had the misfortune of attempting this endeavor, you would note how incredibly challenging it would be. Apart from managing to fit all of your clothes into your wardrobes, you would be faced with the perhaps the most challenging task in your life (particularly if you are a fashionista): determining which clothing items should stay and which ones should go. However, know that this is a necessary—pivotal even—step when it comes to organizing a closet. After all, apart from setting the pace for a more organized closet, it mentally prepares you for the task ahead.
Resultantly, it helps you establish a positive outlook about the endeavor despite letting go of some clothes. In any case, whether you have filled your closets with apparel pieces from various streetwear wholesale distributors or other retail stores, here are some of the things to keep in mind when it comes to organizing it:
1.) Ask yourself this golden question
It has been said that the best way to organize your closet is to picture yourself shopping in it. This technique helps you determine which items should stay and which ones should go and whether or not some items are even worth your time. Pick out the items piece by piece and ask yourself, “If this was sold in a retail shop, would I add it to my cart and buy it?” If the answer is no, then you should probably discard it or give it away. This technique would allow you to scale back the contents of your closet by twenty-five percent.
2.) Stay Coordinated
Another excellent question to help you determine whether a piece should stay or not is to ask yourself whether it matches at least three other things you currently own. In this regard, you would refine the way you curate clothes insomuch that you would only be keeping those that are coordinated with the rest of the contents of your closet—or at least three other items in it. Asking yourself this very important question would also help you improve your clothing shopping curation better as it enables you to choose three of the same basic items that would be a great match to any of your ensembles.
3.) Invest in Good Storage
Now that we have got the decluttering task well underway, it is time to think about your closet space. After you have a smaller pile of closet and wardrobe pieces to work with, it is recommended that you invest in closet “infrastructure” to keep things organized, neat and easy to locate whenever needed. Of course, how you utilize these infrastructures would be up to your taste and space but keep in mind that optimal closet space should be prioritized over aesthetics.
4.) Buy Appropriate Hangers
Most people make the mistake of thinking that hangers are universally appropriate on all sorts of clothes. However, this misconception needs to be addressed as not only does it take up so much prime real estate closet space; it tends to damage your clothes as well. Ideally, felt hangers are better for clothes with delicate fabric while your more durable clothing items can withstand plastic and wooden hangers. Steer clear from wire hangers as it stretches out the shoulder parts of most clothes. To address space-saving issues, use hangers with multiple bars so that you can hang pants and jeans in a single piece.
5.) Use Vertical Space
If you think out of the box, you will find that your closet has a wealth of space-saving possibilities. Your closet doors are prime examples of things that you tend to neglect when it comes to space-saving solutions—a major oversight. Your closet doors could actually double up as storage areas for belts, scarves, bags and even shoe-organizers. Just install hooks on the inside of your closet door, and you can already clear up floor space.
6.) Use clear containers or drawers to store less used items
Let us face the truth: We cannot realistically use every piece in our closets—even if we wanted to. In this regard, the things that are less frequently used would tend to take up a lot of closet space. To address this issue, place clear plastic drawers or boxes either in your topmost shelf or on the floor of your closet. In this way, they are still within your reach and are accessible but without cluttering your otherwise full closet.
7.) Have your favorite pieces on display
While some people would argue that all of their clothes are their favorites, all of us tend to favor particular apparel pieces so much more than the rest. These are the pieces we find ourselves wearing over and over again regardless of how old it is. To ensure that these pieces are easily accessible, put them on display or at least in a place where you can easily see. If you have a shoe collection with a signature designer pair you would love to show off, let it double up as a room décor and dedicate a display space for it. Apart from freeing up closet space, it allows you to expand your realm of design possibilities by letting your favorite closet pieces function as décor as well.
8.) Put dividers in your drawers
To maximize the space in your closet drawers, invest in a few good closet dividers that would help you store more pieces in a single drawer. Apart from maximizing space, drawer dividers help you keep your closet drawers neat and organized. More importantly, it helps you locate your intimates, socks, scarves, and other accessories better as these would allow you to segregate them.
Now that you have a neatly organized closet, your next task is to maintain it. Unfortunately, this is easier said than done. Maintain that level or cleanliness and dedication by sticking to your advocacy of a less-cluttered life. Remember that the first step towards a perpetually clean and organized closet is to keep track of the items inside your closet and how you store it. However, know that closet entropy is likely to ensue if you do not actively employ practices and habits that keep your wardrobes clean and organized.
It can be rather easy to spiral down towards your closet’s natural disorderly state, but if you did a little lifestyle check every single day, you would find that you can gradually work your way to a manageable and less cluttered closet. In this regard, keep yourself from purchasing more clothes than can realistically fit your closet. More importantly, do not rip out all the hangers in trying to come up with a single ensemble if you cannot even commit to putting them back. Plan your outfits ahead of time. These actions may seem small, but ultimately, they will become habits that would culminate in better, healthier and more organized closets.