Hello again, dear readers! I know you’ve been waiting with baited breath to find out how to get all your Keep pile back in to your closet without spending a ton of money while still increasing the organization of it all.
I’ll tell you right now, there are tons of gimmicky things out there designed to organize closets and storage areas and if you’re not careful, it can become very costly very quickly. Look at the space and organizational items you already have on hand and get creative with it. Consider different ways to store items like purses and accessories. Once you have an idea of what you really need, go shopping. I started with cheap stores like Marshalls and Ross where I had great success! Then, I hit up the Target clearance isles and for the storage boxes (pro tip: Measure where your storage boxes are going to go! I really needed a bigger size than most boxes are made for it to look right in my built in storage spaces).
Now that you have your organizational stuff, put it in place and fill ‘er up! When hanging clothes back up, sort at least by season or type of clothes. I separated sweaters and long sleeve tops from short sleeve tops and sorted the short sleeve tops between work appropriate and t-shirt. Then I sorted those types by color.
Once it’s all hung up, find all those pieces from your original “Maybe Keep” pile – you know, the pile of stuff you needed to try on and think about whether or not you’d actually use it again – and turn the hangers backwards on the hanging rod. Then, when you use the item, you can turn the hanger around to indicate you made the right choice in keeping it. Next year when you clean again, you’ll instantly have your donate pile because you know you won’t actually use the things that are still hung backwards! Smart, eh?
Another fun tip I love is to use rolled up catalogs inside your fall and winter boots to keep them standing tall! There are all kinds of boot holders and expensive tips, tricks, and ideas for boots, but catalogs come to you in the mail for free and work perfectly!
You’re almost there now! Pull together everything that is left over – accessories, purses, and so on – and find logical places for it all. The best part of this step is that, if you have room, you can arrange beautiful bags and items on shelves to create a lovely backdrop of color. This also helps you see what you have so you’re more likely to actually use it all!
Now, take a step back and enjoy the progress you made! Enjoy the beauty of a clean and organized space and do whatever you can to maintain this level of awesomeness throughout the year!