Organizing Small Spaces: Clothes

My daughter is here once again to talk about her tips on organizing your clothes. This is one topic I need to work on myself!

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Clothes: If you find yourself with more clothes than you wear, consider donating the clothes you don’t wear regularly to Goodwill. Additionally, if you are like me and tend to be a hopeful clothes shopper (“This is too cute to throw out; I’ll have a good party to wear this to one day…”), there is a simple method for determining which clothes to keep and which to toss. At the start of the year, hang all of your clothes with the hangers facing outward so that you have to hang it on the back of the pole. As you wear an item and have to re-hang clothes throughout the year, hang them with the hanger facing inward so that you just drop the hanger right on the pole. At the end of the year, look to see which hangers are still facing outward; those are the ones you haven’t worn all year and the ones you probably won’t miss if you box them up and ship them out.

 clothes organization

To simplify your morning routine as well, consider putting similar types of clothing together in your closet. For example, I have sections for different types of clothing—professional dress for work, t-shirts and casual tops, and workout tops. I used my dresser for pants and items I don’t mind being wrinkled, like old sweatshirts and t-shirts for lounging around the house. My roommate, on the other hand, works outdoors, so her closet is almost entirely t-shirts and long-sleeve shirts. To better organize those and find the shirts she wants quickly, she organizes them by color. That system allows her to find the shirts she wants to wear quickly if she works at an event or needs a thicker one for colder days.

For nicer clothes that pull at the shoulder if you hang them, consider a cubby system that sits on the floor and is designed to hold baskets for items. My roommate uses her cubbies with baskets for quick items, like socks, but I use mine without baskets to house my nice sweaters and shirts that I cannot hang up. I can also organize them in the cubbies so that sweaters and cardigans are separated and easy for me to see when I am in a hurry in the mornings. Because it’s an open-front system, it is much easier for me to see all of my sweaters and cardigans to compare instead of rummaging through them and messing them up if they are all stuck in a dresser drawer together (similarly to how my roommates DVD cases make finding a movie much easier). One bit of warning—if you have pets that like to snuggle in your sweaters, though, keep the closet door closed or be prepared for snagged sweaters!

cubby storage

Lastly, if you doubt the efficiency of simplifying your wardrobe and morning dress routine, have a read on Google about the new research into how becoming a clothing minimalist helps with overall productivity as well as actually simplifies some chores, such as having less laundry to fold. Even Mark Zuckerberg, the founder and CEO of Facebook, wears the same grey shirt everyday to cut out the decision-making time of his morning. (Though, I admit, that’s a bit extreme.)

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Yeah, I don’t think I could wear the same shirt everyday. Could you? I have to admit, I sometimes get tired of wearing the same shirt every couple of weeks! So, I’m off to turn the hangers around in my closet!

If you’ve missed my daughter’s past posts on organizing, check them out here and here.

Y’all have a great day! Later gators!

5 thoughts on “Organizing Small Spaces: Clothes

  1. I probably should take this advice but I always fear that as soon as I get rid of something I will need it. But I do have a rather large closet and not a bit of room for one more thing. Sigh. I will be retiring within a year or so and then I know I will be able to get rid of a lot of the professional clothes.

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