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You build your capsule wardrobe but you still somehow have a messy wardrobe? Somehow you are not able to keep your capsule wardrobe organised whatever you do? I think we all experience it. Here are the 12 tips on how to organize your closet like a pro and keep it tidy forever.
12 Tips on How To Organize Your Closet Like a Pro
- The smaller wardrobe is easier to maintain.
- Take out everything, to see what you have, the number of clothes that you own may surprise you
- Sort out clothes that you keep, toss, or donate. It might be an extra pile if you have no idea what to do with a specific item. Put it on the side to think about it.
- Dust your wardrobe before you put the clothes back.
- When you start putting your clothes back into the wardrobe, try to sort them out in seasons
- Hang the trousers/skirts, tops/shirts/blouses, dresses, and outerwear. Fold knitwear – it stretches if you hang it up. If you prefer you can fold your t-shirts as well.
- Keep accessories on the shelves.
- Hats are stored in storage boxes.
- When out of the season use a coat cover for your coat – to keep dust away.
- Same with the bags, if you don’t use them, store them in a dust bag or at least stack them with paper to keep the shape.
- When you see it, you’ll wear it.
- Iron your clothes and keep them in piles and nice rows – the wardrobe will look neat and tidy.
The smaller wardrobe is easier to maintain.
I think you hear that advice all the time. But it really works. Once you build your capsule wardrobe, you will need to maintain only a small amount of clothes. It won’t happen to you that you will find hidden ‘ germs ‘ at the back of your wardrobe at least once a month. Few pieces in your wardrobe will have a dedicated area where you will see them and you will want to put them back once you use them and wash them. Once that place is empty you’ll know exactly where the item is. Keep your wardrobe small and you will have a much more organized wardrobe straight away.
Take out everything, to see what you have, the number of clothes that you own may surprise you.
Once a while we need to clean our wardrobes, it’s not only when we create your minimalist capsule wardrobe, but sometimes we need to dust it and might be that we want to re-fold the clothes, re-arrange or just to check the condition of the items, and this is the perfect time when you can take everything out of your closet and see what you have. The number of clothes might surprise you. You might find there are still items that need to be rethought or replaced.
Sort out clothes that you keep, toss, or donate. It might be an extra pile if you have no idea what to do with a specific item. Put it on the side to think about it.
Sorting out clothes is always the best step to start with. Once you already have everything out, sort it out. If you’ve been building/maintaining your capsule wardrobe for some time now, you won’t have that many clothes to toss or donate, but there might be some items you need to rethink if you want to keep them or if you need to pass them to a new owner. It happens to all of us. Once you do this step at least twice a year you keep your closet perfectly organized.
Dust your wardrobe before you put the clothes back.
As I mentioned before if you want to keep your closet organised like a pro you need to keep it clean as well. So give it a good swipe at least twice a year, or anytime you swap your clothes for the next season.
When you start putting your clothes back into the wardrobe, try to sort them out in seasons.
Sorting out clothes by season can be like building little capsule wardrobes on the rack or in your wardrobe. If your capsule wardrobe has more items in it and you have a space to store your seasonal items, try to store them in the dedicated area. But if you have only limited space, try to separate your clothes by season. Coats together, then blazer/outerwear, shirts, tops, t-shirts, skirts, trousers, dresses. Fold the knitwear.
Hang the trousers/skirts, tops/shirts/blouses, dresses, and outerwear. Fold knitwear – it stretches if you hung it up. If you prefer you can fold your t-shirts as well.
It took me a while until I found a way what is best to hang up and what is better to fold. All outerwear, shirts, tops, blouses, dresses, trousers and skirts are always hung up. They keep shape and it’s easier to keep them straight after you iron them. The t-shirts and knitwear are always neatly folded. This way you avoid stretching out.
Keep accessories on the shelves.
I try to keep all my accessories on the shelf. I can see what I have, and it means I’ll wear it. It’s the same as with clothes, if you see them, you’ll wear them.
Hats are stored in storage boxes.
If you keep your hats in one storage box, you will have a dedicated space to place your hats, once you wear them. So you’ll keep them tidy and in a good shape.
When out of the season use a coat cover for your coat – to keep dust away.
Not that long ago I invested in coat dust bags. And it’s amazing. I don’t need to worry about my coats being dusted over the summer. I hated it when I had loads of dust sitting on my shoulders when I wanted to wear a coat after summer. If you didn’t invest in dust bags yet, you should do it. It keeps your carefully chosen coats in perfect condition and ready to wear whenever you need them.
Same with the bags, if you don’t use them, store them in a dust bag or at least stack them with paper to keep the shape.
If you have only one bag to wear all year round, that’s perfectly fine. But if you have more bags on rotation it’s good if you store them in dust bags and stacked them with the papers to keep the shape.
When you see it, you’ll wear it.
As I said so many times keep everything visible. If you lose sign of it, you won’t wear it.
Iron your clothes and keep them in piles and nice rows – the wardrobe will look neat and tidy.
I didn’t iron the clothes that often, only shirts and dresses. But since I have a bit more time, I like to have all my clothes ironed. It looks much better, when you put nicely ironed clothes in the wardrobe. You can keep them in nice piles or hang them nicely. Also, the whole outfit looks more polished and neat.
Last but not least, try to get colour coordinated hangers. I love the wooden hangers, the whole look of the wardrobe looks much better.
Hope you found that post helpful and there will be one less thing to worry about once you decide to organize your minimalist capsule wardrobe.
And if you plan to build your capsule wardrobe in the summer but are not sure what you like or don’t like my new eBook ‘ How To Build a Minimalist Wardrobe ‘ is right for you. It will guide you through different body shapes, and styles, touch the colour analysis and help you to declutter your wardrobe. Also, the help of notepads will help you with smart shopping decisions. And thanks to shoppable links and shop dictionary will help you with shopping for the missing items. Once you build your minimalist wardrobe, you will not experience’ that you have nothing to wear mornings ‘, and it also saves you a big chunk of money in the long term.