Spring Cleaning: 5 Tips for an Organized Closet

One day I hope M and I are able to have a decent sized house, with a proper master bedroom closet. For now, we’re living in 950 square feet…our closet is tiny (and completely non-functional). It has big sliding doors, which means only one of us can be in the closet at a time. There is also only one long hanging bar. No hope of stacking shirts over pants to maximize space. Needless to say, our tiny closet means I’m rotating out my wardrobe every six months and I have to be very judicious about what I keep. I thought I would share my tricks for rotating out my wardrobe and how I decide what to keep and what to donate/sell. Closet rotation happens when the weather changes…normally about mid-April and mid-September, but this year it was May before I did it. It was a cold Spring and I didn’t need to get out my Summer clothes until this past week. The clothing that isn’t in the closet is stored in underbed boxes in our bedroom. We have a bed skirt so no one sees them and I can still grab something easily if I need to wear it.

Here’s my half of the closet when I started. You’ll notice that some of my hangers are hung backwards and some are forwards. Any of those backwards ones are things I haven’t worn since I put them in the closet in the Fall.

How To Organize Your Closet

I start by pulling out those items. I haven’t worn them in six months, so I look at each piece and decide if it something that still fits, is still my style, and is something I will wear in the next six months. This piece meets the criteria.

How To Organize Your Closet

This sweater, which I literally have had since high school (12+ years ago) does not. Into the donate/sell pile it goes.

How To Organize Your Closet

Here’s the closet after the first pass. The hangers that are still backwards are items I put back in the closet.

How To Organize Your Closet

Next, I go through and pull out anything that is definitely Fall/Winter. Heavy knits, long sleeve tops and sweaters all come out.

How To Organize Your Closet

I then do one more pass to determine what year-rounds tops I’ll actually wear in the next six months. Most of the long sleeve tops come out at this point, save one or two for colder weather.  

How To Organize Your Closet

The bed looks like this at this point.

How To Organize Your Closet

Here are my piles: the first one is donate/sell and the rest are keep.

How To Organize Your Closet

At this point, I have about 25 tops in the closet. I keep everything in color order since it looks better visually and it’s easier to figure out what to wear.

How To Organize Your Closet

These items all get turned around so the hangers face the wrong way and the items I’ve been storing under the bed get added to the closet. The one or two things I’ve already worn (my maxi dress and a sundress) are already flipped around signaling to me that they have been worn.

How To Organize Your Closet

Everything else gets packed away and put back under the bed. I also pack away my donate/sell pile in a separate box. I typically sell my clothes through eBay or Thred Up [ < that affiliate link will get you $10 to spend]. I’ve found that sending in /selling the items closer to the season they will be worn results in higher payouts.

How To Organize Your Closet

Five Tips to an Organized Closet:

  1. Rotate your closet with the seasons.
  2. Purge three times: items you haven’t worn since your last closet rotation (sell/donate), items that aren’t appropriate for the season (store), items that you probably won’t wear but might need access to (store on top).
  3. Place hangers in the closet facing open side out when rotating out your closet.
  4. Hold on to items you want to sell or donate until the start of the appropriate season. You’ll make more money for them.
  5. Keep your clothes organized by color: it’s more attractive and easier to get dressed.

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