Organize your closet before winter

 

Chances are you’ve already switched out your wardrobes from billowy summer dresses to heavy wool coats, but is it meticulously organized?

 
Chances are you’ve already switched out your wardrobes from billowy summer dresses to heavy wool coats, but is it meticulously organized? Most of us could always use a few organizing tips when it comes to closets and drawers. Follow these foolproof organizing tips for the ultimate organized closet.

I’m willing to bet your closet is full of things you haven’t worn in over a year (mine is too). The first step to an organized life is to rid yourself of all the things you don’t really need. Do you have clothes that are ripped or badly stained? Throw them in the trash. Do you have items that are just sitting in your closet unworn because they don’t fit your style or aren’t the right size or shape? Donate or sell them. Ultimately, you should end up only with the items that are in season, that you’re excited to wear and that make you feel confident.

Now that you have a clear list of what needs to go in your closet, you can begin designing your system. Traditional closets usually consist of a single hanging rod, and maybe a top shelf if you’re lucky. Can your closet space be optimized with a second hanging rod, more shelving, shoe racks, baskets or shelf dividers? One trick closet organizers swear by is matching felt hangers and dividers to keep everything contained. Divide and conquer, as they say.

If your closet feels like a dark hole of messiness, it might be time to give it a makeover. A lick of paint, new hardware and sufficient lighting is the trifecta for a beautiful closet design. This can easily be done in a weekend, so roll up your sleeves and get transforming!

Finally, you’re ready to install and organize your new and improved closet. Complete your system with pretty trays for jewelery, clutches and other accessories. One last thing: adopt a “one-in-one-out” philosophy moving forward. It will ensure that your wardrobe stays up to date and your closet is kept in check.
 
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Gabrielle is a Montreal based blogger, interior stylist and web consultant.

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