Has the cooler weather got you down?
Do you feel like hiding in your closet, but there’s no room?
I can’t do anything about the weather, but I’ve got some great ways to free up space in your closet!
5 Steps to an Easy Closet Switchover
1. What’s working? What’s not?
Someone I know had a closet with two bars, one in front of the other. This allowed her to simply move her summer clothing to the back and her winter clothing to the front every fall, reversing the process in the spring. Most of us don’t have that option, so we need to be more strategic.
Start by deciding what type of clothing you’re likely to wear over the next several months. Take everything else out and put it in a spare room closet, cedar chest, or plastic tote that you can store under your bed.
What items are essential to you? Apply Spot On’s D.W.M.S. strategy: Daily, Weekly, Monthly, Seasonal.
Space in your home is valuable real estate. Make sure that what is in your closet reflects the life you are living now! If something no longer fits you or your lifestyle, pass it on to someone else.
3. Don’t delay!
Be realistic. If you didn’t wear something last winter, how likely is it that you’ll wear it this winter – or ever?
If you struggle with letting go of things, call Spot On. We can help you through the process, with respect and a sense of humour.
4. Design your closet space
Think about how you want to use your space. What do you want to hang? What can be in a drawer, open basket or lidded container on a top shelf? Using the proper tools will make it easier to keep your closet organized. I’ve included a list of my favourite closet organizing products below.
5. Keep at it
Once you’ve organized your closet for the coming winter, be sure to stick to your system. Whenever you buy a new article of clothing, unless it’s needed to fill a major gap in your wardrobe, get rid of an old one.
When spring comes around again – and it will, I promise! – you’ll need to repeat this process. The good news is that it gets easier every time you do it.
5 Essential Closet Organizing Products
Using the back (and/or front) of the door will greatly maximize your storage space, and these organizers are great not just for shoes, but also for scarves, hats, purses, and other small items.
Although not technically for organizing your closet, these plastic totes allow you to store out-of-season or seldom-worn clothing outside of your closet so they’re not taking up prime real estate.
Make good use of your shelf space by using small containers that you can easily pull down for putting away or retrieving items as needed.
4. Bin Labels
Organizing items in bins, either inside or outside your closet, is a great strategy, but if you have more than one or two, it’s easy to lose track of what’s in each one. Clearly labelling each one with the contents will help you find what you need much more quickly and easily.
These hangers take up less room than bulky wooden hangers, and they feature an extra bar for your belt, scarf or tie, so you can keep your whole outfit together.
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