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5 closet organization ideas & tips | How to declutter your wardrobe

5 closet organization ideas & tips | How to declutter your wardrobe

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Spring cleaning closet clear out tips to make putting outfits together easier

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Closet organization ideas and tips to declutter your closet. I spring clean and switch up my closet every season to make everything easier to find and then store the rest away until it’s that season comes around again. It’s a lot of work at the time but makes life so much easier the rest of the year. It makes finding clothes and putting outfits together so much easier, makes sure you have only the clothes you’ll actually wear, clears out space for new pieces, helps to raise a little spending money and to be able to donate to charity. Organizing your closet with a good clear out always feels so productive and leaves room to shop for new things you’ll actually be excited to wear. Here’s how to organize and how to declutter your wardrobe.

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Closet Organization Tip #1 | The Purge

I’m going to start these closet organization ideas with the most obvious one. Before you bring your next season wardrobe out of storage (if you have it stored) or when a new season starts, have a closet clear out by editing your previous seasons wardrobe and having a spring clean.

How to spring clean your closet? I’ve found the best way to declutter my closet is to start with creating 4 piles of the clothes that I’m cycling out of my closet: store, sell, donate, trash. See below

Closet Organization Idea #2 | Edit your winter wardrobe | Store, sell, donate or trash

One of the best closet organization ideas means sorting through everything and categorizing it this way. Start your closet organization by sorting everything into 4 piles:

  1. Storage
    This pile is everything you love, plus classics and anything you know you’ll wear again. If there’s clothing you didn’t wear because there wasn’t the occasion for it, did you wear it last year? Will you wear it next year? Then keep it. But if you didn’t wear it because it doesn’t make you feel great or is dated put it in one of the other 3 piles.
  2. Sell
    Any items of clothes, shoes and accessories that are in great condition but that either no longer fit, you haven’t worn in a while, or that you’re no longer loving. The RealReal is great for designer consignments and Poshmark or Ebay is good for everything else. Plus this gives us a little extra cash for something new for next season.
  3. Donate
    The 3rd is everything in good condition but that isn’t designer or worth reselling. Rather than throwing everything away, recycling clothes helps environmentally with sustainability and also has that feel good factor. Please only donate clothes in condition. Donation banks aren’t for your trash or dirty clothes, only donate clothes that are clean and wearable.
  4. Trash
    Declutter your closet even more by throwing away anything that you can’t repair and isn’t good enough condition to donate. There’s something so therapeutic and cleansing about decluttering, throwing things away and cleaning up space.

Closet organization idea tip #3 How to organize your closet and store seasonal clothing

One of the ways I keep my closet organized is by only having 2 seasons out at a time. Spring/Summer and Fall/Winter. Before you store everything that’s left in pile 1 (the storage/keep pile) do the following:

  • Make sure all of the clothes you’re storing are freshly laundered or dry cleaned.
  • Put clothes in either boxes or storage bins that are big enough that you only have to fold them in half once to help prevent them creasing.
  • Leave everything on their hangers when you box them so that they’re easier to get out again.
  • For delicate materials and designer clothes, place them in a dry cleaning or suit bag to protect them. Consider moving them to another closet in the house instead of your master bedrooms. I keep all of my evening gowns which take up space under the stairs.
  • Put shoes and handbags in their dust bags if you have them and in a separate box to your clothes for hygiene and to keep your clothes clean. You can also stuff long boots and bags to help them retain their shape.

Once you’ve decluttered your closet and you’ve put your seasonal items in bins you can store them. This is a great starting point for closet organization.

I prefer not to store the extra clothing boxes in my closet as I like it decluttered. If you’re struggling to find space to store your seasonal items, move your storage bins and bags to your spare room, garage, basement, attic, under the stairs, or under your bed (in an under-bed storage bin) to make the most of your space.

A temperature controlled environment is best so if your garage gets extremely cold or hot, like it does in Vegas, it’s not the best option, for shoes especially.

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Tip #4 Closet Organization Ideas for spring cleaning and editing your spring/summer wardrobe

Now that you’ve got your closet organization started, you can start unpacking everything from storage. Consider each piece you unpack the same way that you did with your winter clothes. Make sure you also try on any pieces you’re not sure if they still fit, if they don’t sell, donate or trash.

The idea is still to declutter your closet to keep it organized and get rid of stuff just taking up space. Create the same 4 piles as before but add a 5th this time – dry clean, launder or repair.

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I love a new season and having a fresh edit of clothes. By having a spring clean a couple of times a year and getting rid of everything I no longer wear or that doesn’t make me feel good, it frees up space for new pieces on my wishlist and helps keep my closet so much more organized.

It also helps to stop me having those “I have nothing to wear” moments when I’m stood in a closet full of clothes that I won’t wear. It’s not wasteful getting rid of things, it’s wasteful saving them and taking up your space and energy.

Another closet organization tip is that I’ve found that having a garment rail of complete outfits I’ve planned for the week helps save time and to keep me organized.

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Tip #5 Find Spring Summer fashion and outfit inspiration

If you have 100 tops and bottoms and no outfits, have a look at Pinterest, fashion blogs, and magazines to find some inspiration and styles that resonate with you. Once you have some outfits in mind, figure out what you’re missing and shop for those rather than random pieces. That way your wardrobe stays decluttered and full of wearable outfits rather than pieces.

For me this seasons additions are matching sets and more knee high boots. I tend to lean more and more towards dresses and matching sets than random separates as it saves putting tops and bottoms together.

I hope this helps you declutter your closet, bring it back to life and to create a wardrobe you love and feel good in.

Closet Organization Idea Tip #6 Did you wear it?

I’ve found a good way of knowing what I’ve worn and didn’t get worn each season is to flip the hanger in the other direction when I’ve worn it. At the end of the season I seriously consider whether I want to keep or not the items I haven’t worn or used.

Closet Organization Ideas | How to declutter your closet

To make life easier, Pin this step by step guide for later so you can easily access it and follow the 4 simple steps to declutter your closet.

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