It’s no coincidence that Narnia was a magical realm located inside a wardrobe. Any woman’s closet can be magical if she has it properly organized. That means everything in plain sight, properly stored, and easily reachable.
- Your closet is likely dominated by a hanging rack. This is where most of your clothing will reside, and where it should be appropriately displayed. We’re big fans of first dividing your clothing into categories: dresses, coats, jackets, blazers, hanging sweaters (not ones that belong in a dresser), vests, blouses, pants, and skirts. Next, arrange all items within these categories by color: white, cream, pink, red to purple (gold with yellow), brown, grey, to black. If you need to add a multi-colored section after the black go right ahead. This way, you know exactly where to look when putting together your outfit.
- When it comes to shoes you probably have two types – expensive and not. Hang your inexpensive pairs, organized by color, in over-the-door racks, or along the floor. Expensive pairs should be stored in cardboard (NOT PLASTIC) boxes, preferably on a shelf above your clothes. Be sure to stuff any boots with paper so that they maintain their shape. Most shoeboxes have a description tag with a sketch of the shoe on one end (if not, make one). This end should face you so that you know what you’re reaching for.
- Hang scarves by color on shower curtain rings that are attached to a pant’s hanger. Belts can be hung from hooks (or a clothesline) on the wall or you can purchase special belt hangers for them (men’s tie organizers work great as well).
- The only other thing that should be kept in a closet is purses. Organize these by color. Inexpensive options can be hun on hooks along the top shelf of your closet. Expensive ones should be stored in their fabric bags and set on a shelf (not hung).
- Keep a small box full of maintenance items – lint roller, razor, pilling stone, buttons, sewing kit, safety pins, fashion tape, etc – on the same shelf as your nice shoes. That way you can easily find what you need before you commit any fashion faux pas.
This should get you well on your way to enjoying your closet, and actually wearing everything in it.
Let us know if you have any other closet organization tips or ideas!