You know that perfect scene when shirts are hanging on the hanger in colors – white, beige, gray, black… My wardrobe does not look like that, it is usually overloaded and it mixes summer and winter things. But somehow I don’t think I’m the only one… Now we finally have time to tidy up all those closets.
I studied a little advice from Marie Kondo, the most famous Japanese cleaning expert who became famous for her small turquoise book, The Magic of Cleaning That Will Change Your Life: The Japanese Art of Cleaning and Organizing.
I didn’t just stop at it, but studied the texts of numerous American and British bloggers and closet organizers.
Here are the tips that seem most important to me:
Kondo believes that we keep things for emotional reasons – out of fear of the future or a connection to the past. Instead, he advises us to celebrate the present moment and get rid of the burdens of the past and future, which prevent us from being calm and relieved – now. And that means that we start clearing things up and save what makes us happy, and donate or recycle the rest.
According to the KonMari technique devised by Marie Kondo, all the clothes you own should be put in one pile to get a real impression of how many clothes you actually have. This is followed by the question: does that piece of clothing cause joy in you or not. Store everything that brings joy in drawers and closets using the stacking technique by stacking t-shirts and pants in a narrow rectangle, then folding them in thirds to get a small area of clothing that can stand upright. This will make it easier for you to see what you have in your closet and drawers.
The organization of the wardrobe should primarily be adapted to your needs, way of use, logic of thinking and very importantly – the appearance and dimensions of the wardrobe.
The wardrobe is usually organized in three ways: by function (shirts, T-shirts, sweaters, pants, dresses, skirts, coats), by zones (sports, formal, casual, business attire) or by colors (black things, white, colorful).
If the wardrobe is smaller, organize it according to the seasons, autumn-winter clothes vs spring-summer clothes.
One of the main rules of a tidy closet is not to be cluttered. At least once a year, do a big tidying up and get rid of all the things you don’t wear or have been destroyed or are too tight for you.
Put the things you wear less often on top of the closet, and in the middle what you most often wear.
You will make the best use of high shelves by placing deep boxes with seasonal goods or clothes you wear less often. Don’t forget to put moth bags in the boxes.
If you have decided to arrange the clothes in the closet according to their purpose and separate business, everyday, sports and formal… a convenient trick to make it easier to separate clothes is to have the hangers in different colors (eg white for casual, natur for business, black for formal wear ).
It is better to keep sweaters and T-shirts on shelves or in drawers because otherwise they will hang, and shirts and jackets on hangers.
How do you distinguish the clothes you wore from the ones you didn’t? A simple trick is to turn the neck of the hanger. For example, if the shirt is clean, then the hook is facing the closet, and if it is worn towards the closet door.
If you have too few drawers, use boxes. But boxes are a great option even when you have drawers. In them, the laundry stays cleaner, and it is easier for socks to determine where the other pair is hiding.
Combine multiple selection systems and always match by color, from lighter to darker or vice versa.
With a little extra shopping you can make big space savings. For example, buy pants hangers that have room for a few pairs, then there are practical hangers with holes for scarves and shawls, and there are transparent compartments that make your wardrobe look really attractive – like a wardrobe in the movies…
You can use the closet door by putting small hooks on it on which you can hang e.g. ties, chains, belts…
Do not keep too many hangers in the closet, rather put them in a special bag and take them out as needed.
If you are sorry to throw away clothes you do not wear, exchange them with friends or relatives every now and then or donate them to orphanages, autonomous women’s homes…