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Autumn Organization: 5 Tips for a Neat and Tidy Closet

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Are you tired of digging through piles of clothes and struggling to find your favorite sweater? As the weather changes, it's time to take control of your closet and transform it into an organized oasis. In this blog post, we'll share some valuable tips and tricks to help busy bees achieve a neat and tidy closet for the season ahead.

1. Edit & Donate

The first step to achieving a well-organized closet is to edit your items. Start by pulling everything out of your closet, creating categorical piles as you go. From there, simply pick a pile and begin going through your items. Take it just one pile (or category) at a time. Feeling overwhelmed? We always tell out clients having a tough time making the first move to start with the leftmost pile of items and make their way through the space "like reading a book" - from left to right.

Set aside a bin of pieces to let go of - anything you no longer love, need, or wear. Our rule of thumb: Ask yourself "is this a YES?" If you hesitate, you probably won't miss it. If an item is particularly difficult to make a decision on, set it aside and get back to it later once you've built up that decision-making muscle.

Consider donating gently used items to local charities or thrift stores. By going through the editing process, you'll have taken inventory of what you have and create more space, making it easier to find the items you truly enjoy wearing.

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2. Space Plan

Create a plan for where your items will be stored in your closet, making sure to group like-items together in a designated area. We recommend planning to keep heavier items like outerwear towards the back of the closet. This is a good time to assess whether or not some practical storage solutions could be a good investment for you. We recommend utilizing tools like uniform hangers, shoe shelves, and drawer dividers to maximize space and keep everything in their place. Take advantage vertical space by adding stackable storage boxes on shelves or hooks on a vacant wall for bags, belts, and scarves. Under-the-bed bins are also great for storing seasonal items or accessories when short on space.

Don't forget to measure the space before purchasing!

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3. Organize & Label

Once you've edited your items and planned out where everything will go, it's time to get to the really fun part and organize it all into your closet! When placing your clothing, shoes, and accessories back into your closet in their designated spaces, consider whether you'd like to sort each category further by season, style, usage, or color (or all of the above!). Remember there is no "right" or "wrong" way to organize. This is your space and needs to work for YOU! Organizing for your brain type will make it easier for you to locate specific items and create a visually appealing display.

Don't forget to label your shelves, drawers, and storage containers to make it easy to find your newly organized items. Labeling will also hold you and any household helpers accountable for making sure everything returns to their designated space.

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4. Maintain Regular Maintenance

To ensure your closet stays organized, make it a habit to maintain it regularly. A weekly laundry routine (including putting things away!) is a great place to start. We suggest also keeping a bag or box in your closet to collect any items that no longer serve you as you go. Once it fills up, donate to a friend or charity. Seasonal closet audits are a great way to identify what items are and aren't getting used as well.

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With these tips in mind, you're ready to tackle your closet organization project. Remember, the key is to 1) Edit, 2) Space Plan, 3) Organize, and 4) Maintain. There is no job too big, especially when you have help.

Happy organizing! 🍁


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