Do you have room for all your clothes in one closet or do you have to do the “seasonal swap”? Alabama weather can make things very difficult if we are spread out in different closets and even more so in boxes or the attic. The best alternative is to keep what we will wear and have it all in the same space. It is a proven fact that we wear 20% of the clothes in our closet 80% of the time, so let’s get it down to what you are really going to wear and donate the stuff taking up that valuable real estate!
Empty your closet and evaluate every piece in your closet, asking:
Do I like this?
Do I wear it?
Does it fit?
What can stay in your closet year round and what could be moved out due to the temperature? (If space is at a premium, consider relocating items like wool sweaters, shorts, swimsuits)
Not so fun, but necessary – you have to try it on! Make a decision about what to do with it with these options:
Keep It – return back to your closet
Give It – to a friend or relative
Donate It – let someone else benefit from your purging
Sell It – make some of the money back through a consignment shop
Toss It – unfortunately, some things are just not salvageable – time for the trash can!
Use the Hanger Swap – Turn the hanger head pointing away from the wall.
After you wear it—turn the hanger head as you normally would—with it facing in toward the wall. At the end of the season—you can easily see what you did or didn’t wear! What is still facing out – well, out it goes! Purchase good hangers. Using the same type creates a cleaner look and can often double your hanging space by using slimline hangers. It can be an investment, so consider picking up a couple packs on each trip to the store for a few months.
Flocked – I prefer the black velvet, but they come in many colors. Huggable Hangers is a popular brand, but other stores offer them as well. They are slimline and make the best use of space. They also work beautifully for those garments that slip off into the floor!
Plastic Tubular – less expensive option but will still create a clean, uniform look. They take up more space than the flocked.
Wooden – I rarely use these because they are bulky and consume the most space. However, they look amazing and are great for heavy-duty work like suits, jackets and winter coats.
“Birds of a feather flock together!” Organize your clothes with objects that are similar. Group the shirts, pants, sweaters, skirts, etc. and organize by color, starting with the white and ending with black. Hang the garments all facing the same direction, putting the front of the clothes facing the door. At Space Cadets, we hang the pants above the shirts and jackets, which allows the light to shine on to the lower level and the closet will feel less crowded around your face. It also puts those pants closer to your eyes to compare the navy and black!
Use shelves to fold items that would stretch if hanging. Place hats, purses, bags and suitcases on top shelves. Also, try to get shoes off the floor into cubbies or on shelves. Consider hooks for side walls, for ties, belts, scarves, etc.
While you’re cooped up inside during this cold weather, take a day and empty that closet. Have fun trying on everything and placing it back in your closet – backwards! Then, over the next few months, you will start to see what you are wearing – or not – and can make some objective decisions on should it stay or should it go!
Or, if you’d rather have someone help you with this process, call Space Cadets today for your Hanger Swap!