With all this Marie Kondo-ing going on around us, it’s only natural for you to want to join in. Purging and organizing can be a lot of fun, or it can be extremely overwhelming. It all depends on how you look at it. There are lots of ways to make it a more enjoyable process, and taking it one small step at a time definitely helps.
Minimalism isn’t for everyone. Some people don’t really want to purge, and that’s fine. However, there’s no denying it. Getting to the end of a home organizing project and knowing that even the hidden storage areas around your home are neat and tidy is incredibly satisfying. For most of us, it probably comes on the heels of years of stressful disorganization and chaos. What a relief to finally have it all in perfect order!
So today, we’re going to talk about a big one: your closet. Not only can organizing your closet make you feel like you’ve got your whole life together, inside and out. But organizing your closet can also help streamline your getting-ready process and make your morning routine that much faster.
Decide how you want to group your clothes
Maybe you work in an office and have a big selection of work-appropriate attire to choose from every morning. Or maybe you wear a uniform to work, but you really struggle to pick out your best Fri-yay outfit for an evening with friends.
No matter what our daily life looks like, we all have to get dressed. And picking out the right outfit can be a giant pain in the neck. Organizing your clothes based on your most difficult needs can help make getting ready and out the door a smoother process.
There are so many possible ways to group your clothes. Picking one way and sticking to it can be stressful by itself, without even considering what to do with the rest of your closet’s contents. We’ll talk about a few ways you can group your clothes before moving on to your other things.
Plan outfits and store them together
If you have a large selection of clothes, it can be really time-consuming to pull together outfits each day. Too many choices mean lots of decision making. Why not put the work in once and do away with that pre-coffee decision making and the stress that comes with it?
Give yourself a full day to go through your wardrobe. Try everything on, play with outfits, and decide which are your favorites. Put them together on one hanger for easy grabbing in the am. Make notes about what tops or pants you can swap out for each outfit. Laminate and hole punch these notes and put them on the hanger for easy referencing.
Organize by color to make outfit decisions faster
Maybe you’re a less structured, wild-child type who prefers to let each day tell you what to wear. If this is the case, there are still ways to organize your clothes that can keep your dressing process streamlined while also giving you creative freedom and spontaneity.
Organizing your clothes by color can save you from those “don’t I have another red shirt somewhere?” moments.
Group clothes by the days of the week
Maybe your workplace has a color-coordinated dress code for each day of the week.
If you like to change things up, you could simply keep your weekly clothes together and plan outfits for the entire week on one day. Planning ahead should make your days go smoother while still giving you the freedom to make creative wardrobe choices that vary week to week.
These are just a few ideas to help you think through the best way to organize the clothes. But clothes aren’t the only things we tend to keep in our closet. So now let’s talk about some ways you can organize the rest of your closet.
Keep your shoes where you can see them
Minimizing the number of shoes you own would be the simplest way of keeping them from getting out of control. However, that’s just not for everyone. So let’s talk about some ways to sort your shoes when you have many pairs to keep track of.
Storing your shoes in a way that lets you see them all at once can be helpful when putting together outfits. No unnecessary time wasted trying to remember what shoes you even own. There are so many good shoe organization systems available these days. You can beat the disorganized chaos with a good system in place.
Follow a similar grouping for the rest of your accessories
Once you decide how you are going to group your clothes, stick with it. Then, follow the same guidelines for organizing hats, ties, handbags, scarves, and any other accessories you may have. Hat pegs can help with this. Don’t forget about jewelry organizers! And how can we ignore the ever-helpful storage bins for those items you but use once a year? Might as well stow them up high and keep the things you use on the weekly within reach.
Enjoy your new routine
In cultivating a new routine, it’s wise to take it all in stride. Rome wasn’t built in a day. Organize your closet and make it a point to put things back in their place to keep the momentum going.
You’ll feel better and you’ll save time. It’s a win-win situation.
And don’t forget that other important part of your morning routine! Check out our seven tips for organizing makeup.