I was especially excited for this week’s challenge, Organize your Bedroom Closet. I tend to keep my bedroom closet relatively organized. However, I wanted to utilize Jennifer’s advice to see where I could improve. Her idea on page 158 is right on – “The first rule of organizing any closet is to create a visible and accessible home for everything stored in the space.” Completely makes sense. I stood looking inside my closet in each area/zone for a while asking myself, “Does this work? And if it doesn’t how am I going to make it better?” As I kept that in mind, I started the decision making process of what I was going to keep versus what I was going to donate or throw out. I went through every article of clothing and pair of shoes in my closet.
Jennifer’s tips below helped me to decide what to toss by being honest with myself:
- You have not worn it in more than one year
- You do not feel good in it
- It is out of style
- You just don’t like it
- It doesn’t fit
- It is worn out, ripped or stained
Another point that I found myself asking in the thinking process:
- Does it reflect who I am now?
With that part complete, everything that is in my closet now is what I want to have and what I really enjoy wearing. The other items that are not staying will be donated. Jennifer recommends passing an item on to someone who will get more use out of it and I completely agree.
Jennifer recommends evaluating your closet space and to add anything extra to help organize it better. Our ceilings in the condo are 9’4”. The builder only put one level of wire shelves in the closets leaving a lot of unused space. We decided to put up a second level of wire shelves in the closet. This definitely adds much more horizontal space to store our belongings.
I loved Jennifer’s suggestion of hanging your clothing by category and then by color, and because I already do that it made that part easy. It’s like a rainbow in my closet. Her point makes sense to me. Here is my list of categories in which the colors are from white to black using the color spectrum:
- Spaghetti string tank tops
- Tank tops
- T-shirts with writing on them
- Plain T-shirts
- Short sleeved work blouses
- Long sleeved button down shirts
- Sweaters, hoodies, and heavier coats
- Long dresses
- Short dresses
I decided quite some time ago to switch over to wooden hangers. Not only are they durable, but it looks beautiful as well.
- I ordered the interDesign® Axis Scarf Holder from Amazon – $10
- Threshold™ Set of 4 – 24 Pack Wood Hangers – Cherry purchased at Target – $56
- 5-Tier Swinging Arm Pant Rack Hanger purchased at Target – $10
- Wooden notched hangers with non-slip rubber ends purchased at Target – (Michael Graves Designed) -no longer at Target
- Belt hanger purchased at Target for around $5 – something similar called the Belt Ring Holder can be purchased at Organize-It for $3.99
- Skirt hangers purchased at Target (Michael Graves Designed) – no longer at Target
I have two separate shoe racks in my closet. One is for my “girly shoes” and the other one is for my “non-girly shoes” such as walking shoes and running shoes. This too, is organized by color. I bought the 2-Tier Expandable Shoe Rack from Bed Bath and Beyond – each section cost ($20).
I bought the Ampersand™ Gold Small Stackable Jewelry Trays at Bed Bath and Beyond for $20. I keep my jewelry box on a lower wire shelf in my closet so I thought I would add it to this challenge. Jennifer covers organizing your jewelry in pages 170 – 172 of Organize Now!, chapter entitled, Organize your Jewelry Box & Accessories.
I ordered the 11-Peg Acrylic Necklace Rack pictured below from the Container store, which was $10. We installed this on the wall inside my closet.
Fun decorative organization tools for the closet to put my belongings in, purchased from Target. Two Large Threshold™ Black/White Chevron Storage Baskets ($23) and two Small Threshold™ Black/White Chevron Storage Baskets ($17)
This week’s challenge has really helped me organize my clothing. I will be able to plan what I wear for the day in a more controlled atmosphere. It helps the process of starting my day in a less chaotic state. I am extremely appreciative of this challenge which will make a big difference for me everyday.
***Please also check out the amazing women who are also participating in the 12 Week Organize Now! Challenge: Jennifer @ Mother Thyme, Bonnie @ House of Grace, Pamela @ the dayton time and Michelle @ Eamich ***