Tips & Tricks for an Organized Closet

Remember Cher's magnificent closet from Clueless? With the rotating racks and computer organizer, this oh-so 90's-inspired dream closet had it all: neat folds, endless rack space and the perfect mini-skirt and flowy button down ensemble. While a girl can wish upon a star, there is absolutely no reason your own closet, at the very least, can be a touch more organized. If you garner satisfaction from the simple pleasure of a sweater neatly stacked or untangled scarves, read on for a few tips and tricks to get your closet in tip-top shape for 2016.

Get Your Scarfs in a Row

While scarves are the perfect accessory to liven up any outfit, they can be quite a pain when it comes to keeping them organized, detangled and looking neat and fresh in a cramped space. Though tossing them in a bag feels right - out of sight, out of mind - a simple hanger and a few minutes of knotting each scarf in a row will not only free up some extra space in your closet but keep the scarves looking pretty and more accessible for the next time you need to wrap it up.

Tie a Ribbon On It

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Image via Who What Wear

For those ready to get serious and purge old or redundant clothing items, the ribbon method is a fantastic way to see what is being worn and what is not. Just tie a ribbon at the end of your rack and after you wear a piece, hang it on the other side of the ribbon. After a few days, possibly a week or two, depending on the size of your closet, you will be able to see where the pieces fall. Those unworn items, gathering dust and wasting precious closet space, are probably ready for the donation box.

Shoes, I want Shoes

Organizing a shoe collection is a project in and of itself but trust us, once you get your shoes in order, the rest will fall into place. Whether you grab a shoe rack for the floor or hang your pairs on the inside of your closet's door, getting your shoes out of the cardboard boxes and into sight can also help you decide which pairs are necessities, which are special occasion and which are too worn and too old to see the light of day. Keep the pairs you wear most often readily accessible and up in front.

Pair Down with a Minimal Closet

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Image via XO Jane

If minimalism speaks to you, why not try the minimalist approach when it comes to clothing. Only keep absolute necessities in your closet and find other homes for those pesky DVDs or photo albums you are still holding onto. By getting rid of any excess clutter, this makes closet organization a snap. Hang everything or fold heavier sweaters with a board to get them flat as can be. The more space you create, the more room you and your belongings have to breathe.

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Image via XO Jane

Divide Those Intimates

Trust us, bras and underwear are almost as exhausting as scarves when it comes to clutter. A quick tip to get those unmentionables to cease and desist is with a handy divider. Whether tucked away in a bureau or drawer or on a shelf, these dividers make your closet feel like its very own version of Victoria's Secret after a perfect close - without the thick perfume scent, of course! Available at Target and other home organizer stores, these dividers also work wonders for tights and sock drawers.

The Proper Closet Accessories

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Image via Crate&Barrel

No one said closet organization had to be all work and no play. One way to make this chore a touch more fun is with accessories. A nice hamper gives your closet space a chic, country rustic feel and will subconsciously feed your reward center every time you toss another dirty pair of socks into a linen-lined wicker basket. Scientifically not supported but trust us, a cute hamper works wonders on the psyche! Same goes for cedar or wooden hangers. Your garments will thank you.

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Image via XO Jane

Final Closet Thoughts

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Image via Pink Peonies

No matter what, closet organization is an ongoing process and often a continual evolution. With each new item you purchase or repurpose, have an end goal in mind when it comes to your closet's organization but, like with anything, don't beat yourself up if your closet gets a touch unruly every now again. No one wants to be cleaning out their closet every day for the rest of their lives! But we can most certainly dream of a space as glorious as this dream closet...

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Image via Pink Peonies

'Til next time!

- KCH