Master Your Closet

The master closet is a source of significant distress for many.  Few of us have the luxury of space, many of us own more clothes, shoes and bags than we wear.  Almost everyone keeps more in their master closet than just those things they wear. 

This year, master your closet space with a few simple steps.

1.       Remove every item from your closet.  When doing so, take a hard, honest look at what you wear.  Americans buy 20B garments each year – that is 68 per person!  The goal is to right size your wardrobe for the size of your closet so you can make better use of the clothes you own.  Donate any items that you haven’t worn, don’t LOVE or don’t fit.

2.       For each item you have decided to keep because its worn often, adored and makes you look great, place in a group by category.  I like to be highly specific so rather than “tops” and “bottoms” I group into the following categories: Hanging - long sleeves, short sleeves, sleeveless, skirts, jeans, pants and dresses.  Drawers -  bathing suits, panties/briefs, bras, socks, PJs, workout shorts (shorts/skirts), workout tops (shirts/tanks), casual tanks, casual tees, casual shirts and other.  If you are feeling ambitious, sort the hanging items by color.  This is surprisingly easy to maintain once you set it up.

3.       For any item you’ve removed from your closet that is not part of what you wear or carry, find a more appropriate storage space within your home.

4.       Review your empty closet.  Do you have enough hang space?  Do you have enough drawer or shelf space for your non-hanging items?  Do you have space for your shoes?  If you have answered no to any of these questions, determine if there is a better layout for your closet that would allow you to easily access all of your items.

5.       Improve the function of your closet space.  A.  Be sure you maximize wall space with two rows of hanging rods, called double hang.  B.  Use the full height of the walls with shelves above and shoe storage below.  C.  Use shelf dividers, bins and baskets to contain items that have a tendency to fall, mix together and overflow.  D.  Use hooks behind the door for hidden space. 

6.       Review your sorted piles one more time.  Once you realize you have “that many” pairs of black pants or sleeveless blouses, you can keep only your very favorites.

7.       As you return your items to the closet, look to maintain your grouped items together.  You should find the closet feeling more spacious and your clothes looking more appealing.

8.       The next time you get dressed, you will do so in half the time and look twice as good!