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Two of the things things that I get asked repeatedly is “do I have to buy a system to get organized?” and “can I organize by myself or do I need an organizer?” No, you don’t need to buy a “system” to get organized, and yes, you can organize yourself, without the help of professionals.
From time to time I will be offering suggestions on how you can do DIY organizing in various parts of your life. Today I will tackle closets because it is something I just reorganized at my house.
To me, the DIY solution has the following characteristics:
- It can be put together by one person
- It is simple to use
- It does not require large investments
So with that being said, let’s tackle the closet.
Where to Start
The first step in any organization project is to take stock of what you have. If you don’t use it, or it doesn’t work, it needs to go, either to a charity or to the garbage. This applies to everything in your closet. If you haven’t worn it in over a year, or it doesn’t fit right, or it’s torn or stained, get rid of it.
Also look at what you have. If you have 10 light blue shirts, the time has come to get rid of a few, before they become a collection.
Foundation: The Hangers
Hangers do a great job of holding clothing in a closet, as long as they are the right type. Wire hangers can get tangled and push clothes too close together. I recommend using plastic “tube” hangers to give the clothes some space. These hangers have a two-fold purpose: their size makes it harder to crush clothing, keeping it wrinkle free, and their size also takes up more room, forcing you to pare down what you have in the closet.
I also recommend using specialized trouser hangers for pants, and clip hangers for skirts. Hanging trousers from their ankles keeps them from getting the crease-in-the knees. Skirt hangers keep the skirts hanging from the waist. Both of these hangers keeps the clothing from getting creases and eliminates ironing. In my book, anything that keeps me from touching the iron is a good thing.
A word about these special hangers: I like the ones that have hooks on them, like the Add On Hanger, that can hold the matching jacket or be used to layer the clothing while hanging.
(Joke for the road here: what is the opposite of irony? Wrinkly!)
Knit wear needs to be treated with special care if you are going to avoid the bumps on the shoulders you can get from hanging them. I like a hanging sweater bag to hold my knits. I use the 6 Shelf Sweater Shelf – Deluxe Model. During the summer, when my knits are in storage, I use the rack to hold swimwear and seasonal clothing.
Putting shoes on the floor is a good way to get a jumbled mess. I have used both a Ten-Pocket Canvas Hanging Shoe Bag and a Horizontal Organizer to organize shoes. I switched from the shelves to the hanging bag after I purged the closet and had room for the hanging rack.
For smaller things in my closet, like purses, I use IKEA Sanlis bins with lids. These plastic tubs are stackable, sturdy and easy to put on shelves.
For out-of-season clothing I use Rubbermaid tubs or old blanket zipper bags.
Storing Necklaces in the Closet
I have many pendant necklaces, and not enough jewelry box space. So I use a hanging belt holder to put my necklaces on. A tie rack would also work well for this.
Do you have any DIY organizing tips for the closet? Share below!
Photo by _AK