The thought of organizing your closet can be overwhelming, but it doesn't have to be. Your closet deserves that long overdue makeover you've been avoiding for months. So, we brought in an organizational genius, Beth Zeigler, founder of Bneato professional organizing, who gave us all the tricks to whip our closets into shape. Switching to felt hangers, using hooks for accessories, and adding shelf dividers are just a few of the easy tips we learned. Watch our video to find out how to transform your entire closet! On Allison: Elizabeth and James
I take pride in the overall aesthetic and organization of my closet. After my relaxing morning ritual, I continue to keep stress levels to a minimum when opening my clean closet — clean being the operative word here. A messy closet can add unnecessary stress to your life and waste precious minutes of your day. And not only that, but sprucing up your closet can do wonders for your mind and body. Here's why . . .
- Give away clothes that don't fit or don't make you feel good to Goodwill. By putting your closet through a mini detox session, you'll feel like a huge weight has been lifted off your shoulders. Oprah says that your home should rise up to meet you, and I feel that this extends to the closet zone as well. If your closet is stuffed to the brim with outdated shirts or dresses you know you'll never wear again — it's time to say so long. Once your closet is more airy, you'll have easy access to your wardrobe and you'll discover chic pieces you didn't even know you had! Trust me, you'll feel like a million bucks, which will translate to saying yes instead of no when your friend asks you if you want to join her in spin class.
Here are some more reasons why you should get your closet clean on.
As the mercury rises, many folks can be found digging out boxes of warm weather clothes and packing away woolly items reserved for Winter. Switching out seasonal clothing is not only a great way to keep your pad organized, but it's also smart for anyone getting hitched and learning how to share space. I've rotated my clothes as long as I can remember, and my closet is almost always in order. My husband, on the other hand, insists on clogging up his side of the wardrobe with all his clothing at once. Winter sweaters on top of bathing suits were enough to make me cringe when we first moved in together. Now we've got our own closets, but what about you? Do you rotate out seasonal clothes in your closet?
OK, I am totally embarrassed to post this picture, but I have a real big bag dilemma/disaster in my closet. I have quite a few purses and I have no idea how to store them. Right now they are in a pile, half in their sleeper sacks, half not. I tried putting them on shelves, but they just kept falling off. I'm not a fan of hanging them on hooks, because I don't want the handles on my nicer bags to get ruined. What do I do? Does anyone have any suggestions for handbag storage? We're remodeling, so please excuse the awful mess, but this is making me nuts and I need help fast!
Ah, the age-old handbag dilemma — I know it well and have a few simple fixes to try. To see what they are, just read more
Roxy Nova recently posted some inspiring before and after photos of her craft room, and I absolutely love and admire this transformation. She says, "I'm very embarrassed to be posting these [photos] because my house is usually not nearly this messy, but once i decided to redo the room, everything kind of went to hell in a handbasket. it really became a dumping ground."
As messy and daunting as this room may look in this picture, Roxy Nova was able to tame it with a lot of hard work and some smart organizing ideas. To see the glorious afters, read more
Su Casa member Amers230 recently shared an inventive solution to her overcrowded closet. She writes, "I recently switched rooms with my sister, and while the room itself is bigger, I lost some closet space in the deal. My bags were literally falling out of my closet and hanging off of my bookcase. I had no idea what I was going to do with them until I got the new Ikea catalog in the mail. Page 202 was my answer. It showed a girl's room with some pan racks hanging on the wall, holding various accessories."
"I also have a small entrance hallway to my room which was just dead space at the moment. I decided to go with three of the Grundtal dish racks because the silver matched other items in my room and it was a bit smaller than the other options. I also ended up buying five five-packs of the matching hooks (which I'm not exactly in love with because the hook portion is actually quite small. I may switch to regular S hooks at some point)."
To hear how Amers230's using her new closet solution, read more
Well, I don't know about you, but today's Su Casa puts my own organizational skills to shame. In her very first apartment — where, she says, "closets are a luxury" — Divagwendolyn has organized her shoes, bags, clothes, hats, and seasonal attire on one immaculately ordered shelf. And yes, those boxes are even complete with labels!
What strategy do you use to organize your clothes? Tell me below, or post your own photos in the Su Casa group.