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Friday, April 20, 2012

11 Ways to have an organized grown-up closet

I love having an organized closet. It doesn't always mean you have to buy a fancy closet system or expensive items to make it look nice. It's a matter of doing a few things to keep it nice and organized. So, I've come up with a list of 11 ways to have an organized grown-up closet - for those of us grown-ups!






1 - Only keep clothes/accessories you actually wear or use. If you have been hanging on to jeans that you wore ten years ago because you want to fit into them again, let them go. By the time you do, they will be out of style anyway. Not a bad thing to have a goal, but don't hang on to stuff hoping to wear it again. When you don't like how something feels when you wear it or it's just not comfortable, donate it!





2 - Color code your clothes. One of the nicest things you can do is have your clothes lined up by color. It's easier to see what colors will go wear. Within that color coding, you could hang by sleeve length if you really want to go the extra mile. But, color coding is quick and easy.





3 - Have all the same color/type hangers. This might seem like a pain in the neck, but it's really not that expensive to do {if you do all plastic or buy in bulk} and will make your closet instantly look organized.





4 - Have a dresser or drawers for your folding clothes. Even if you don't have a closet system, sometimes just putting clothes in a drawer makes it look so much nicer and neater than sitting on the shelf half folded.


Source: Love of Family and Home


5 - Only put appropriate items in your grown-up closet. If you have a closet half full of clothes and half of it with cleaning products, that makes no sense. If possible, keep only the appropriate items in a closet - shirts, pants, purses, belts, shoes, and the like.





6 - Keep a hamper in there. If you have the room, keeping a hamper in the closet to easily throw your clothes into when you are done dressing and undressing keeps things neat and tidy.


Source: Young House Love


7 - Have hooks. You can use hooks to hang belts, scarves, or even to have your outfit ready for the next morning. 


Source: Decorology


8 - Consider using pretty boxes and baskets. Having a set of boxes to put your purses or other items that need to be corraled into can keep it neat and tidy, plus they can add texture and prettiness.





9 - Put things away as you take them off. It seems obvious, but if it's not dirty, hang it back up. If it's dirty, put it in the hamper. Shoes go back to their original spot, belts on hooks, and purses back on the shelf.





10 - Labels. Yep, had to say it! 


Source: Real Simple


11 - Folding. Find a good way to fold your clothes so they fit appropriately in the drawers or on the shelf. Sometimes you will have to come up with something different to fit it in. Try folding in quarters or thirds to fit it in the right way and neatly. Put the folding edge facing you, if it's on a shelf, and standing up, if it's in the drawer.





Your closet will be the most beautiful when you keep it organized. These are many of the ways I've found to help me keep my closet organized all the time. 


I have lots of great grown-up closet ideas HERE on my Pinterest board. Also, go to my Amazon store for my great savings ideas and organizing finds for your closet {and other areas of your home}.

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