How to Organize Your Closet (for Good!)
A Day With Spruce With Rachel
During my Maid of Honor’s toast at my wedding, she made a witty joke about the state of my clothes/closet. I remember everybody in the crowd laughing because the joke was funny, and it was funny because it was so true! Loving clothes and fashion has always been easy for me. Organizing those clothes, however, has been anything but.
This is especially challenging when it comes to staying current with trends. What do I already have? What do I need? My budget is limited, so I really have to make what I have work for me, and be smart about what I invest in.
Last year, I had an organizer friend spend all day with me to help get my closet turned around and we made great progress (you can see from the cover photo where that started from). However, I never finished it like I was supposed to, and quickly slipped back into old habits. This left a perfect environment for Tornado Angie to sweep through once again. See below (and that’s actually looking really good for me).
When Rachel with Spruce With Rachel got in touch with me about a closet collaboration after we met at a fashion event, I was all ears and a big smile!
She brought in Parallax Video, who did an amazing job capturing the process. They managed to shrink hours worth of work into a fun, short video that gives you an insider’s look at what a true closet clean out is. The lovely talent behind Contour and Blush was also on site for hair and makeup, and to make sure that my closet wasn’t the only thing on point :).
Here are Rachel’s five tips on how to organize your closet (for good!).
- Clear everything out of the closet
- Clean the closet – whether it’s vacuuming, sweeping, or removing any items that don’t belong
- Sort clothing into categories – tops, pants, skirts, dresses, scarves, shoes, etc.
- Edit– go through each category and decide whether to keep, toss, or repair the item (shoes to be re-soled, taking pants to a tailor for hemming)
- Return everything back to the closet – pack away bulky or off-season items in tubs or bins, hang heavier items toward the back and lighter, flowy items (such as tanks or blouses) toward the front, and color-coordinate within each category from dark to light.
To see the process in action and to see the finished result, watch the video below. Hopefully, this will give you the confidence to start on your own closet. Or get yourself a Rachel to help ;).Eventually, I want to keep up a capsule wardrobe each season. That’s what initially drew me to this project. Now that my closet is more manageable and organized, I’m much closer to being able to meet that goal.
Afterthoughts and Tips
Rachel is awesome in so many ways, and super easy to work with. Looking back on this experience with her, there are a few things that really stood out to me.
I loved her tips on maintaining my closet. She suggested putting a nice looking hamper/basket near your closet. That’s for the clothes that need to be hung back up (not the dirty clothes). Then, on a weekly basis, I’m to go through and hang everything back up. YES! That is my problem right there. Laziness in hanging things back up, and then big piles form. This way, at least my piles are contained nicely and nearby. With this system, at least my piles are contained nicely, and nearby for ease of return.
The other tip I found helpful is how to customize the editing of the closet tailored for me. In other words, if there was a type of clothing article that I had a lot of (for me it’s thick sweater jackets), then they go into their own pile/section. That tip helps me a lot when I’m putting together outfits in the morning or looking for something on the go.
Check out the full video below and let me know in the comments what you think. How do you approach keeping your closet organized? If Rachel showed me that if Tornado Angie can get a system down, anyone can!
Want more?! Get more tips and more info about this closet clean out from Rachel’s perspective here!