A closet needs a system to function properly and stay organised. Complicated or simple, the common issue in all closet organisation is having a place for everything. The next step is to put everything in its place. This has to be done consistently to make your system work which will require time, practice and a little self-discipline.
For instance, if the bottom of your closet is a sea of unmatched shoes and you have to conduct a scavenger hunt to find a matching pair, this will probably mean investing in a shoe tree or something similar. Make sure that there is enough room for your entire shoe collection and leave room for future growth. Otherwise, you will end up in the same situation as before.
After you have found a home for all of your clothes or shoes, take each and every time to put them back in their new spot. But don’t stop at just your shoes! Keep going, pick the next problem spot in your closet, you will know what it is by the level of frustration you experience as you try to find something. It could be belts, ties, workout clothes, socks, whatever it is –find a home for your items, put them there every time and soon it will become second nature and you will never have to conduct a search again.
The key to any successful organisation project is categorising. By grouping like things together you will make them easy to find for future use, easy to remember when it is time to put them away and your closet will look nice and orderly. Proper storage containers will make this task easy to accomplish and maintain.
Baskets, bins, and drawers are the perfect addition to any closet. They can be used to store socks in one, belts in other, just try to keep like things together. Additionally, you will want to categorise your hanging clothing. The most popular way of doing this is to put all of your pants in one area, shirts, in the next and so on. If you want to go further when you are categorising, separate your clothing into groups of when you would wear them (to work, to the gym, at home, at night) and then group the pants and tops together within those smaller categories.
Hooks are another way to store like things together. They can be used for belts, ties, or purses. Having these smaller accessories in one place and on display will make your choices in the morning quicker. If you have a larger closet, you may want to keep your jewellery in the closet too. You can use a traditional jewellery box to keep them together or a small box for your earrings and another for your necklaces and so on.
You can think outside the box too, brainstorm how you use the different items in your closet. Maybe your workout gear can be stored in ready to wear bundles. Take your pants, roll up a shirt and socks inside and they are neat inside your closet and ready to grab when it is time to go to the gym for a workout.