Organizing Your Clothes
(In a quick minute)
Some time ago, I received an offer for a program to help me “organize my clothes in just 15 minutes a day.” I politely declined the offer, as I didn’t feel I needed assistance. It took me a grand total of five minutes to organize my closet, and that included my shoes. As I am somewhat overweight, I despise clothing shopping, and don’t typically purchase trendy items. I also shop at a wide mix of stores, from thrift to Ann Taylor, depending on what I need and my budget at the time.
Here’s why I don’t need fifteen minutes a day for two weeks to organize my clothing:
I originally thought that I didn’t own very much clothing, but apparently when it is written out, I own a ton (don’t tell my husband). It fills less than half of a standard double closet (think traditional bi-fold doors size). If I was truly honest with myself, I would declutter all but two of my long sleeve cotton tees and most of my short sleeve shirts, as they have seen too much love. My Dr. Who t-shirt stays though!
Here’s what I own:
- 6 long sleeve shirts (2 have designs, 1 was from a ski trip, the rest are long sleeve cotton)
- 5 short sleeve shirts (Dr. Who, Happify, the rest are just plain cotton)
- 4 sleeveless (2 are more of a blouse, 1 is a sweater, and 1 is an embellished tank)
- 1 pinstripe dress shirt
- 5 sweaters (1 dressy)
- 3 sweatshirts (two I sleep in, one is a hoodie I wear out in public)
- 2 skirts (both are dressy work type skirts)
- 2 pairs of jeans
- 2 pairs of shorts
- 1 suit jacket
- 1 wool casual jacket
- 4 day dresses
- 2 party dresses
- 3 workout outfits
- 1 Speedo racerback swimsuit
- 3 sets of long pajamas
- 12 pairs of shoes (I want to toss all of my heels though as they are hurting my feet – spouse thinks I’m being rash)
- 1 black leather belt
My Simple Tips to Organize Your Closet:
- Organize clothing by type (pajamas, workout wear, sleeveless tops, short sleeve tops, long sleeve tops, shorts, skirts, jeans, sweaters, and finally dresses)
- In each type, sort by color from white to black.
- Keep socks and “foundations” in a drawer, as they are small enough to get lost in a closet.
- Purge clothing often. (In my home, it is frequently ruined by loving, but sticky little hands.)
So that is how I keep my closet neat and clean, by organizing the clothing in my closet which allows me to easily find what I want to wear, unless a helper put it away, then good luck finding it!
How does the amount of clothing that I own stack up to what is in your closet?