How to Cheaply Organize your Closet and Drawers
Organizing Your Closet
We recently moved to SF from San Luis Obispo and went from a large walk in closet, and individual closets for our daughters, to only two small closets for the whole family. I am a pretty organized person in general, but this was difficult. My husband is a big guy too, and his clothes take up a ton of room. Needless to say, I made a bunch of trips to The Container Store. My Aunt Marlie, the most organized person I know, says that everything has its home. Here are a few helpful hints to find the right home for your things:
Give away- Go through your closet every six months and if you haven't worn it, and it's not seasonal or special occasion, give it away. There are great organizations to donate clothes to and someone else will wear it. I have never missed an item that I have given away, even when I thought I might. You will feel so refreshed to have a pared down closet that is manageable.
Matching Hangers Make a Huge Difference!
Shoe Racks- There are basically four types of shoe organizers: floor shoe storage, hanging shoe storage, over the door shoe storage, and shoe boxes. I use the over the door shoe organizers and the shoe boxes for other purposes (see below). I don’t like the shoe boxes, because it takes too much time to find the shoes, take them out of the box, and put them away. I prefer the floor storage for the easiest access and efficiency. Resist the temptation to throw your shoes in your closet and close the door. It ends up taking more time because you can never find the right shoes. I use the hanging shoe storage in the girls's room for art supplies and toys. I label clear shoe boxes and put their things in them.
Plastic Bins-We didn’t have any room for my sweaters, so I bought rolling drawer-style plastic bins to go under my bed. Although they’re not extremely convenient and a bit spendy, they work. I organized my sweaters by color in the drawers. We also put them in our closet where there is deep shelving because I knew we’d lose our clothes in the very back. We can pull out the drawer and see all the way in the back.
Clear over the door shoe organizer-My friend Kimberly Hett introduced me to this concept. She had used a clear over the door shoe organizer for her son’s hats, socks and shoes. It’s a great way to see what you need and grab it while you’re on the go. I highly recommend it.
Getting organized can seem like an overwhelming task. Check out Glenna's hub on holistic housecleaning for more ideas on getting yourself organized. Stay tuned for my next hub on organizing your kitchen.