It is so much easier to organize your home if you give yourself manageable tasks. We are pleased to announce a new monthly column by Suburbs 101 contributor, Maura Fitzgerald: How to Tackle Your Whole House Throughout The Year Without Becoming Overwhelmed. This month, Maura shows us how to organize your closet.
The closet is the most requested space for us to organize – by far. And that’s because it poses the biggest challenge in terms of getting and staying organized. That said, there is an easy to follow formula for accomplishing closet organization successfully. Spring means a fresh start so decide to tackle this space by following the 6 steps below.
Step 1 :: PULL EVERY SINGLE ITEM OUT
Step 1 is ALWAYS pull every single item out, making sure you reserve enough time (and energy) to complete the project.
STEP 2 :: CATEGORIZE CLOTHING
When organizing your closet you have to categorize twice. You have to first categorize by type of clothing i.e. Tops, Blazers/Jackets, Pants, Dresses etc. Secondly you have to organize by color within those established categories.
STEP 3 :: BE RUTHLESS
Purging is the hardest part of the entire project. And it’s the step where this half-day project can easily turn into 2 weeks or more. It’s essential you be decisive and move through items in question fairly quickly. The “if you haven’t worn it in a year, donate it” rule isn’t actually 1 year. It’s 6 months. Try to be ruthless with yourself because you will feel so happy each morning when you enter this space and it finally has the proper amount of items that all fit. There is someone out there who would love the items you haven’t worn in two years. You’re doing a great deed by donating items that just sit in your closet unworn. In the end, if you’re not happy by having purged, go shopping. Shopping is fun.
STEP 4 :: UNIFORM HANGERS
Buy uniform, velvet hangers. Uniform hangers completely change the look of any closet. I recommend velvet hangers because not only are they thin, sleek and sophisticated looking but they actually save you space. Trust me, the inches you save definitely add up. Velvet Hangers come in a variety of colors – be sure to stick with one color. And don’t forget to evenly space hangers for the department store look once you put your clothes back in the closet. *Note: The velvet hangers also come in children sizes.
STEP 5 :: JEANS
STEP 6 :: ROD DIVIDERS & LABLES
Once you have categorized, purged and everything you are keeping is organized and back in the closet, easy maintenance is achieved by separating the categories with labeled rod dividers. I definitely recommend labeling shelves as well.
Note: FJR is launching its custom label business called ‘Labelize It!’ on 5/24. Custom labels will be available on www.fitzjustright.com in 4 sizes, 18 Fonts and 16 Colors. The labels are custom cut vinyl and adhere (and easily remove) from any dry surface. Labeling your closet provides instant functionality. Anyone is able to help you neatly put away your dry cleaning and laundry. FJR’s labels also instantly elevate the look and aesthetic of closet space. Even our doubting clients have become total Converts and Label Loyalists.
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About Maura Fitzgerald
Maura Fitzgerald was born in NYC and raised in Bronxville, NY. She holds a BA from Georgetown University and worked in Print and Digital Advertising Sales for 20 years at Forbes and Time Inc. Now Maura is the founder of Fitz Just Right (FJR), a Luxury Organizational Design Company servicing Westchester County September through June and Annapolis, MD in summer months. Maura and her husband love working for the weekends where they have non-stop action and fun with their 3 children….and everything isn’t always organized. She lives in Bronxville, NY with her husband and three children. Website: www.fitzjustright.com
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