You open your wardrobe and you’re reduced to tears. I know you’ve gone through this drama, like, big time, right?
All kidding aside, I just happen to know exactly what it means to organize your closet. We try our best. We do. But after a couple of days everything is back to its original mess.
But I believe your despair has just come to an end. As usual, I met up with two experts in organizing solutions. What I asked them was for the best and better suggestions to us, guys.
“I think it’s important to tell arranging and organizing apart. The first is known as a ‘quickie-fix’. That’s when we move everything around or, simply, stuff everything in the back of the wardrobe. Which gives us an instant sensation that things are well organized and that the room is much nicer”, alerts Sandra Miyashiro, a journalist and personal organizer in São Paulo.
She points that the right organization aims at making our life easier and more functional so that we have more time to spend with our family, to have a good long breakfast or to sleep in.
First of all, we start by cleaning our closet. Remove all clothes from the wardrobe and use a vacuum cleaner and a damp cloth to clean inside it. Do not use too much cleaning product as you don’t want to damage the wardrobe or your clothes.
Select your clothes, shoes and accessories according to some criteria: to give away, to throw away, to mend, to wash and to store. “Here, a quite delicate process (for some people) come into play: detachment”, Sandra tells me. So, ask yourself the following questions:
- How long haven’t I worn this? Over a year?
- When should I wear it again?
- Why should I keep it? Does that still fit well?
Attention to what you’re about to discard. Timeless, classical or high-quality items should always be kept. Think twice before giving up on them. Remember you’ll have so much more room once you discard such items. More room for new pieces…not to mention practicality, time saving and organization!
Standardizing your hangers
Choose between acrylic, wood or plastic. This simple procedure will make it possible for you to visualize your pieces more clearly. For this reason, get hangers with the same dimensions and color. Besides the regular hangers, you can find specific kinds for suits and pants. Totally worth the shot.
And that’s not all: there’s an accessory I found that is great to prevent your clothes from getting too close to each other (and wrinkled!) in the wardrobe. It’s called Xangar. Xangar is an object you place on the rails of your wardrobe which leaves more space between the pieces. Useful and cool.
You can learn more about Xangar here.
Using your wardrobe
All clean? So now we’ve come to the best part of it. Let’s do it part-by-part. Starting from the drawers. They must be used to keep smaller pieces (underwear, fitness wear, scarves, socks, PJ’s).
Set the first drawers to place the items you need on a daily basis. Like underwear, for example. In case you don’t have enough drawers, what you can do is keep items you don’t need all the time, like speedos, for example, in organizing boxes. But don’t forget to label them!
The rail must be used to hang shirts, coats, suits, blazers, jackets and pants (the hooks must always face the closet). “It’s important that the hooks face the inside of the wardrobe to make it easier for you to spot and take each piece”, says the personal organizer.
The clothes can be stored according to your personality and routine. That is, color, occasion, kind of piece, texture and size. Go like this:
- From light to dark colors.
- From the finest to the thickest fabric.
- From social to sports.
- From short to medium to long pieces.
Sandra alerts about the importance of not overlapping the pieces on the same hanger. That will prevent the pieces from getting wrinkles or forgotten in your wardrobe.
And now with the clothes
Each piece of clothing calls for a different arrangement. That’s why I asked LalyLongo, a personal organizer, from São Paulo to help us out. She told me that the way you organize your t-shirts varies according to how much room you’ve got for them: shelves or drawers.
“On shelves, a good idea is to stack up to eight pieces. In that case, you fold it simply: the sleeves must fold in the center, until the shoulders, like a rectangle. Next, you fold the rectangle in half”, she explains.
In the drawers, the tees should be kept in sort of “files”. In that case, folding is basically the same thing. Just this time fold the rectangle in three parts. In both cases, the tees should be categorized by colors or shades, from the lightest to the darkest.
When it comes to shirts, it all boils down to the right hanger, like in the picture. Some hangers have just the perfect design to support collars and the sleeves without leaving any marks. In the wardrobe, they should be organized from the long-sleeved ones to the short-sleeved. And in each group, from light shades to dark.
“For coats and suits the principle is the same. And never ever put anything inside a plastic bag as I know you want to prevent your clothes from getting moldy and stinky”, LalyLongo alerts.
Underwear and socks
The trick to organize your underwear is the compartments. One item in each compartment. The socks shouldn’t be folded the way our grannies did, forming little balls. All you have to do is roll them up and place them in a compartment.
Categorize them as sports and social socks and organize them from the lightest to the darkest. The briefs can be folded like “envelopes”, but that’s optional. Place each piece into one compartment, from the lightest to the darkest as well.
Just like your tees, your pants can also be kept in different places of your closet. If you got a pants compartment, never put one pair over the other. Don’t mix the jeans and the social pants up. Plus, always place the ones you wear the most up-front.
If they’re hung, the same rule applies: one piece for each hanger. Three tier hangers can be a good pick if you’re careful enough to take your pieces from it. Just do not forget that social pants may slide off the hangers too easily. So sometimes it’s necessary to get some anti-slip adhesive tape to them. And never get hangers that are too thin. You don’t want to get your pants marked.
On shelves, only place your jeans. In that case, fold them with the crotch inwards. Make a long rectangle. This rectangle must be folded in thirds and just the legs must go inwards.
How about the shoes?
After taking them off, they must ventilate a bit before being put away. That makes evaporation of natural humidity easier and avoids the bad smell and the proliferation of microorganisms. If you’re into something more sophisticated, you can find clothes valets with shoe bars.
This same piece can be used for hanging backpacks, caps, jackets which can be put on again before returning to the wardrobe. But attention: the clothes valet should not be used to amass clothes.
The shoes can be kept in different kinds of shoe organizers with or without rail. In both cases, place one shoe in front of the other (not side by side, as we’re used to doing). This way, you can spot all your shoes without having to look in the back.
“There’s also the fabric or plastic shoe organizers, but these are only useful up to size 7 1/2. Another suggestion: set your shoes by type, that is, flip flops, sandals, sneakers, casual shoes, dressing shoes, etc”, instructs the personal organizer.
It’s accessories time
Use partitions to store them – belts, ties, costume jewelry, stoles and scarves, for instance – in drawers. The belts can be hung as long as there’s some room and that they’re not cluttered together.
And to wrap these great tips up, Sandra suggests getting some organizers to make “traffic” into your closet an easier task. Firstly, the boxes, which are great to keep pieces you don’t wear all the time.
A great option is OyoBox. They can be used to organize watches and jewelry. The best part is that they come in several colors and coatings. I found it awesome, as it gives a fancy touch to the whole organization thing.
This boxes are great, specially if you are a watches collector. You can choose from an extensive array of vibrant colors and wood finishes. It also features a shatterproof top window to make it easier to see your items inside, and showcase as a decor around the house.
The OyoBox also appeared at one of the videos of “GQ’s Most Expensivest Shit” with the rapper 2 Chainz.
Extra tip: The non woven fabric with a display is a great option to keep suit jackets and blazers: they organize and conserve your pieces too”, points the personal organizer. Now, the vacuum storage bags are fantastic to keep clothes from different seasons. Besides protecting them against dust, mite and humidity, they make your closet much more spacious.
You gotta say it: all the info I gave you guys here can help you big time with your closet organization, right? So, let’s get down to business? The ball is in your court!