Hello dears. We’re going to get back into our latest series, called Back to Basics, with a helpful post on closet organization. Over the years I have picked up on the fact that not every young lady organizes her closet in the same manner as her neighbor (example: we three girls), and I quite respect this fact. We all should have our very own organization system that works best for us. After all, there are no two families alike, and there are no sets of siblings alike, nor will there ever be two closets alike. So. In the effort of eliminating the challenge of trying to cover all of these unique situations regarding closet organization, I am simply going to share some tips that I have found to be helpful over the years. Ready? Alright, lets dive in!
I must say, I feel rather odd, not uncomfortable mind, but just odd when I think about the fact that I am sharing with hundreds of eyes what my closet looks like. The thing that makes me squirm, though, is the fact that yes, I do have a walk in closet. Now I am sure that every girl wishes for a walk in closet, but we can’t all have one. It just so happened that our house came with two walk in closets. But I will tell you that a walk in closet means that you have more closet space, and thus more storage space that others (i.e. sisters) can use up too (See story below). Just wanted to let ya know.
Now as to the clothes I have hanging up in my closet…
My everyday clothes are separated into two categories:
- Tops (which include dresses)
I like to keep everything separated with my nice clothes in the middle. I do this because it helps me to take in the selection of tops and bottoms, and then choose which items I want to create an outfit. This trick also keeps me from repeating outfits too often.
Another thing I like to do with both tops and bottoms is to color code them. I have seen many young ladies do this before, and I have found that it really helps a person find what they are looking to wear in a shorter time. Another thing I like about this way of organizing is that I normally put particular tops in particular places on the rack, so when I go to look for it, I know exactly where to find it.
As I said above, my nice clothes are sandwiched between my everyday wear, and they are also divided up into two categories:
Now there is some overlapping of these two categories–sometimes I will wear a performance dress to Church if I wore it for a performance the night before–so I don’t have really segregated sections on the rack for Church and Formal attire. For the really formal, or noticeably patriotic garments, I have a particular section, and that is where they’ll remain, until the seasons change.
My wonderful friends! No, not you, I was talking about my shoes! 😉
Thanks to Mom, I have taken up her habit of keeping nearly all of my shoes undercover and away from the dust with the help of shoe boxes. If there is one thing I would like to stress in this post more than anything, it is keeping one’s shoes nice and organized. There was a time when all of my shoes sat on the floor. They didn’t leave much room to walk, and for a time my closet seemed less than a walk in, and more like a cluttered space. Mom provided me with some of her unused plastic shoe boxes, and from that point on, I made an effort to keep my brand new shoes with their boxes. Now I have stacks instead of ranks, and cleanliness instead of grime. Win win, ladies!
Up on top of all my hung up clothes, I have some boxes, paper bags full of winter wear and sentimental keepsakes, as well as some old toys, and my vintage hats. All of the things that are up on top of the rack are typically the things that I use the least, and so, like my shoes, I try to keep them covered up. Believe it or not, storing out of season clothes in a paper Trader Joe’s bag with another one slipped over top is a fantastic way to keep things dust free!
As a closing note I want to share a little story about my wonderful walk in closet and a selfish attitude I hung on to for far too long:
For several years I tried very hard to keep my closet selfishly clean of any “extras”. But, if I recall correctly, it was thanks to a rigorous spring cleaning that filled up my closet with things the girls no longer had room for in theirs. I finally gave up, after some heated negotiations. Dears, I am so thankful I did, because to be honest, its far better to have peace between you and your sisters than a clutter free closet.
This reminds me: one of the things that the girls and I wish to impart through this series is the idea of taking dominion over the things that you are in charge of, and doing it in a hospitable, and loving manner. We should always be on the look out for other family members’ interests. This means that if you have siblings whose toys, clothes, or other items keep your closet from being less than pretty, then it might be a good idea to take some time to assess the havoc and create a useful space. The key here is to use a little patience and creativity. If you are just plain tired of having to constantly keep up with messes the little ones in your family leave in “your space”, then make an effort to kindly show them how to keep the space you both share, clean. And again, patience is the virtue you need to keep in your back pocket, as you well may know.
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In Christ our King,
Jessica, the Eldest Sister & Singer