Marie Kondo’s book “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” has created quite the buzz after her new show hit Netflix in January. I purchased and read the book about a year ago at a friend’s recommendation. While I don’t fully agree with everything Kondo says (more on that later), I do think some of her methods have value and was inspired after reading her book to downsize my collection of clothes.
Like many people I know living in North Carolina, I had the “off season box” of clothes stored under my bed...and then another box of clothes I wore less often in the office closet. Point being, I had a lot of clothes, many of which I never or rarely wore anymore. So my clothes and I had a big heart-to-heart to determine what was actually serving me, and what it was time to say goodbye to. I was then left with only items that would fit in my drawers and my side of the closet.
For this project, I also reevaluated what I needed to store in my closet, and what was the best method for storing them. Most of my items were dress clothes, sweatshirts, and jackets. With several items, like cotton maxi dresses, leggings, and sweatshirts being better stored folded, I invested in a hanging shelving unit for those items. This made for less awkward storage. It’s kind of annoying to hang a pullover sweatshirt! My jackets and dress pants I put on multi-tiered hangers- that is hangers designer to hang multiple items at once. This is great for items I wear a little less often. I also utilize hangers that can hang on each other for thinner items, such as sun dresses.
If you’ve read my past blogs, you probably already know how much I love fabric storage bins! I keep three of these on my closet shelf: one for undergarments, one for socks and stockings, and one for scarves. I have a few command hooks higher up in my closet to hang my hats (I don’t wear hats very often). Since I also don’t switch handbags often, I hang my less used bags on command hooks behind my clothes, storing smaller bags inside of larger ones to maximize the space.
For shoes, I have a hanging shoe sorter for smaller shoes, while I keep some of the larger ones, such as wedges and boots, on the floor of my closet. For easy access, keep more often used shoes in the front or at eye level.
I hope these tips help someone! If you want more help downsizing and reorganizing your closet, drop me a line!
Peace and love,