Beware the ides of March? How about beware the messes of March.
It’s March Madness and I’m tackling the messes in my life one step at a time. Each Monday, I’ll be posting a new organization post, to help you get a head start on that spring cleaning and organize your life.
When my spaces are in order, I’m much more likely to be productive and feel like I have it together.
I’m pretty sure 2019 will go down as the year of Marie Kondo, and while I agree with a lot of her guiding principles, I just don’t have the budget to get rid of every single thing that doesn’t ‘spark joy’, especially when it comes to my closet. If that were the case, I would be wearing the same four dresses on TV day after day, and that just won’t work.
Here’s my step-by-step guide to tackling your closet. It’s a space you visit each day, and an organized, and visually appealing closet makes a huge difference.
Step 1. Where to start
Take everything out. Everything. The contents of my closet pretty much filled my whole room. I recommend keeping things on the hangers, unless you plan to switch them. I switched all my hangers to the same brand and style a few years ago and it makes such a difference. Everything just looks better when it’s cohesive.
Step 2. Pick a category of clothing and start sorting through it
I started with my dresses, because I have more dresses than any other item of clothing. Piece by piece I decided if it was something I would keep, sell on Poshmark, or donate. Get rid of anything you haven’t worn in ages or doesn’t fit you anymore. Make piles for each category. Do this for every category of clothing. Once you’re finished sorting, it’s time to start putting things back into the closet.
Step 3. Sort by color, shade and sleeve length
Color-coding my closet is one of those little things that just makes me happy. Starting with the dresses, I color code by shade (white, light pink, dark pink, red, etc.) I also organize by sleeve length (tank, short sleeve, long sleeve) to make things easier to find. I do this with my tops, shorts, skirts, and pants as well.
Step 4. Shoe organization
This will be different depending on your closet. For me, I have a top shelf I use for all my favorite wedges and boots. Of course, I organize them in order of shade for visual appeal. For the rest of my shoes, I use an over the door shoe organizer and group like styles together
Step 5. Accessory organization
There are so many extras that go in a closet. Bags, bathing suits, the list goes on. Here are some of my favorite organization tips for those miscellaneous items:
- Bathing suits: I keep mine in a bin like this one. They’re tough to organize in a drawer. This keeps them out of site and in one place
- Jewelry: I use a small Ikea storage box and within it use jewelry bags. I separate earrings, bracelets, etc. I also have hooks to hang my necklaces.
- Bags: I have hooks for my satchels and bigger bags, and keep my more frequently used handbags on shelving in my closet.
- Hats: I’m a big baseball cap girl. Whenever I can get away with wearing one, I do. I have two hooks to display my hats.
- Winter gear: I don’t have a coat closet, so all my winter gear is also in my walk-in. I use a hanging shoe organizer like this one to store my scarves, gloves, hats, etc. You can roll scarves to fit perfectly so everything is easily visible and looks nice!
Next Monday I’ll show you how I keep my bathroom (and allll my products) organized and pretty. Be sure to tag me in your closet organization pics on Insta and we’ll tackle March Mess Maddness together!