Weekend project done! I just fit in 206 items of clothing into an itsy bitsy closet! If you are spatially challenged but don’t want to give up your well loved wardrobe, here’s how I did this.
1. Double up your hanging space by installing an extra clothing rod in the middle.
Yeah, yeah, you’ll probably ask – but what about my long dresses? What I did was that I hung them folded on a hanger. That top clothing rod in the picture? Most of those are dresses. 🙂
When it comes to cabinet storage, there are only 2 things you need to remember to help you keep all your stuff neat and easy to find.
1. The first tip to take to heart is to organize according to category then keep them in separate boxes or bins. This way, everything is contained in orderly compartments. I myself use a combination of open bins for irregularly shaped items and see-thru plastic boxes for all the others. The nice thing about using see-thru plastic boxes is that you can easily check what is inside each box by just looking at it – no need to rummage through each container every time you are looking for something. I got my faux leather boxes from Make Room, my fabric boxes from S&R and all my plastic ones from National Book Store – you can find really affordable ones in all shapes and sizes there.
2. The second tip to make a habit of is to label everything. This way, you know where everything is in one glance, and you know where to throw back anything you’ve used in a second.
For labeling, I use a Dymo Label Maker I also got from National Book Store.
You only need to do this once and your cabinets will stay OCfied virtually forever! So make an effort because, as I love to say to all my friends, being organized means less time looking for things and more time with your family!
CLUTTER? Chances are your closet is full of it! So as the New Year starts, it is also time to start eliminating messy habits by tackling your wardrobe with these tips!
1. Get Your Mind In Order
Before de-cluttering, make sure you that feel relaxed and open. I totally understand that letting go is not an easy task. So do this during a time when you don’t have anything else scheduled and your focus will not be distracted by anything else. Go ahead and play some music even. It’s time to tell yourself, “Less is more.”
2. Judgement Time
You may have saved some big boxes over Christmas. Get 2 big ones out and label them “THROW” and “DONATE”. Trash bags are okay to use too. Once you have them, it’s time to go through your closet’s contents one by one. Pile the ones you want to keep on the bed and as soon as you come across an item that you need to throw or want to donate, put it in one of these boxes.
But what about all those items that you are unsure of because you might want to use them some day? Well, the rule of thumb is if you have not used it for over a year, it’s time to discard it. By the time that purple skirt or lace top becomes fashionable again, it will probably be tweaked and it won’t be exactly the same. So…just…let…go.
3. Boxes and Bins
For smaller or irregularly shaped items, you can put these in different boxes and bins. Socks can be in one bin, hair accessories in another. Sweaters and bulky clothes can also be placed in plastic containers to keep them compact. Just make sure you label all boxes and bins so you don’t forget what’s inside. Keeping items this way will help increase storage space.