Having a closet that is organised is the key to great style. Knowing exactly what items you have to work with will make getting ready so much easier and fun. Here are some easy closet organisation hacks that won’t break the bank.
Closet Clear Out:
The first thing you should do before embarking on an organisation journey is decluttering. Your closet will never look clean if it’s overflowing with old clothes you never wear. The best way to effectively clear your closet is to take everything out and sort through your items one by one. Divide your clothes into keep, donate and throw categories. Oftentimes you will feel better about getting rid of clothes if you donate them because you’ll feel like they aren’t going to waste, just be sure to throw away anything that isn’t wearable or has holes or stains. Once you have chosen the clothes you will keep you’re ready to organise.
Nothing looks messier than a mountain of shoes. They take up a tonne of space and can leave your closet smelling less than fresh. You can buy plastic shoe boxes online which will give your closet a uniform look and will keep your shoes away from your clothes. If you are low on space, investing in a small buffet unit could be a great alternative to keep your shoes hidden away and organised.
Drawer and Shelf Dividers:
If you have large, deep drawers or long shelves, purchasing dividers can help to keep your clothes in-line. These will work particularly well if you fold your clothing like Marie Condo.
“In our shop we deal with a lot of fabric and at times it can be impossible to organise, we have implemented drawer and shelf dividers to categorize the fabric and it has made such a huge difference to the overall organisation of the shop” explains the team from Pete's Upholstery and Trimming.
Customising your spaces to perfectly fit your items will prevent any spillage and achieve maximum organisation.
Something that can make a huge difference for free is colour coding. Pull everything out of your wardrobe and organise items by colour. The result will be an aesthetically pleasing closet that is easy to navigate and coordinate.
“When I work with my clients colour is a huge part of styling” explains design specialist Patricia, “If you can implement colour coding in your closet you will have a way easier time coordinating your looks”.
Lighting makes a huge difference to spaces, adding some lights to your closet can make it look bigger and illuminate your pieces. You can look online for stick-on, battery operated lights that will provide an affordable transformation for your closet and won’t require any wiring.
“I use LED lights at my events because you can change their colour, tone and brightness which makes it so easy to adapt a space to a particular theme, they are by far the cheapest and most effective decor tool I have come across” notes Sam Gosper of Series of Events Australia.
Hanging Accessory Organisers:
All too often our jewellery ends up knotted or forgotten. Having your accessories on show will influence you to use them more often and can double as cute decor.
This minor switch can make a huge difference in your closet. Velvet hangers are thinner than plastic and wood hangers meaning you will have so much more hanging room. Having all of your hangers uniform will make a huge difference to the appearance of your closet. Another bonus is that velvet hangers are super grippy so you won’t have to worry about your spaghetti strap dresses ending up on the floor constantly.
Let’s face it, we will always have random bits and bobs that just don’t have a home. Investing in cute storage baskets for your miscellaneous items that just don’t look cute on show is the secret to having an organized and aesthetically pleasing closet.
“I use storage baskets so often in my work and I truly believe they are a huge key to maintaining a uniform home and clean space” says interior organisation expert Gary Hamer, “Just try to keep each basket organised with one kind of item (eg. hats, belts etc) and avoid overfilling them”.
Written By Amelia Hodges