How To Organize Your Closet, Quarantine Style

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Being stuck inside, you can only watch so much Netflix and Hulu. So why not try to be productive? Cleaning out your closet and organizing is a good place to start. Here are some of the best closet organization ideas to help.

Closet Organization Ideas

Take a page out of Marie Kondo’s playbook and declutter your closet. After all, if you’re stuck inside, why not make it a more enjoyable place to be? I’m moving to a high rise at the end of June, so I’ve been gathering tips and tricks to help me organize. I have four closets filled with copious amounts of clothes and accessories. I’m sentimental and it’s difficult for me to let go of things, so I’ve gathered these closet organization ideas and tips to help!

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Closet Organization and Storage Tips

Ideally, you want to be able to find things quickly and efficiently in your closet so you waste less time. Here are some tips and storage ideas to help you organize:

  • Start with 3 large boxes or bins. The first bin is for keeping, the second is for selling, the third is for giving away.
  • Ask yourself, “Have I worn this in the past year? If not, why?” Some items may be sentimental to you, or they may be pieces saved for a special occasion. But if not, they just may be collecting dust and should go in the donate pile. Ask yourself, “Do I love this? Do I need this? Does it bring me joy? (Marie Kondo)”
  • If you’re saving items you like that no longer fit, perhaps you can get them tailored or altered so you get more use out of them.
  • If you have a designer item that is giving you buyer’s remorse because the cost per wear totally wasn’t worth it, consider selling it on Poshmark, eBay or the Real Real. Then use that money to buy something you really love and will treasure.
  • Ensure accessories like shoes and jewelry are properly stored so you can grab what you need to complete your outfit. The Container Store has some great options like this shoe rack and jewelry storage tray.
  • Seasonal items like coats and sweaters or summer clothes should be packed away and swapped when the seasons change. Bed Bath and Beyond has several different kinds of storage bins to suit your needs, in both clear acrylic and a pretty gray pattern. Target also has a hanging fabric storage option, perfect for sweaters.
  • When it comes to hangers, I personally love the non-slip thin velvet kind, which can be found online at Target. I’ve personally never done this, but I might try this method after I move: Hang all your clothes facing one direction. After clothes are worn, place them back on the hanger in the opposite direction. Every six or so months, analyze the clothes that were never worn and consider donating or selling them.
  • In my old apartment, my clothes were organized by season and then swapped out every season. Currently they’re organized by color in my closets. Whatever works for you, consider a method to hanging and storing your clothes.
  • Quarantine Tip: Is your friend bored at home and missing you? I would bet more than anything the answer is yes! Set up a Zoom call and each grab a glass (ahem bottle…) of wine! They can help you go through your clothes and give their honest opinion.

Spring Closet Cleaning

Most people wear 20% of their wardrobe 80% of the time. Maybe by the time the stay at home order is lifted, you’ll be able to change that around and wear more of your wardrobe moving forward. You might be able to make a little extra cash or donate clothes to those who need them. Either way, it’s a good feeling to detox your wardrobe and do a little spring cleaning.

Shop Storage and Closet Organization Ideas

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Target Non Slip Velvet Hanger in Black (30 ct), $15

Bed, Bath and Beyond E-Z Do Leaf Storage Bin in Grey, $13

Bed, Bath and Beyond iDesign Medium Closet Storage Stackable Box with Lid, $29

Target 6 Shelf Hanging Fabric Storage Organizer in Light Gray, $17

The Container Store Stackers Large Expandable Jewelry Storage Tray, now $45

The Container Store Graphite 4 Tier Metal Shoe Rack, $38

Are you ready for a closet detox? Do you have any closet organization ideas to share?

–Claire Mykrantz

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