closet organization tips

I know ‘spring cleaning’ is all the rage but I’m really into organizing and refreshing my closet in the fall. I love pulling out sweaters, jackets and boots that I forgot about during the spring and summer. It’s the perfect time to get reorganized and rejuvenated for the cold months to come! Here are some of my tried and true organization tips:

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Invest in good (no, great) hangers
This is my #1 closet tip! I am obsessed with these space saving felt hangers. They cost a little more than regular plastic hangers but they save space, look nicer in your closet and don’t give your clothes (what I like to call) hanger nipples on the shoulders. I promise these are worth every. single. penny!

Hang as much as possible
Maybe it’s just because I’m so in love with my hangers (it’s unhealthy, I’m telling you) but I prefer to hang as much as possible. Currently, my closet space allows me to hang all of my tops and all of my dresses. I only really fold pants and skirts (and if I had the room, I would hang them!). Hanging items are much easier to see and just make your closet look cleaner.

Get rid of things you don’t wear anymore
I don’t usually follow the “if you haven’t worn it in 6 months, get rid of it” rule because Ohio is an all-season state and I don’t always get around to wearing things every 6 months. Instead, I usually get rid of things if I haven’t worn them in a full year or more. This year, I’ll be getting rid of fall pieces that I didn’t wear at all last fall and don’t think I’ll wear this fall. Also, get rid of things that don’t fit right. You’ll never wear them and they will just take up room in your closet.

I usually offer these clothes to my sister first (but let’s be honest, she’s 16 and doesn’t always love my style) and I donate the rest. And, good news for all of you Clevelanders. Easter Seals Northern Ohio has partnered with Savers thrift stores to open 11 new Donation Drop Spots in the greater Cleveland area which makes it easier than ever to donate. Savers pays Easter Seals Northern Ohio when community members donate at the Donation Drop Spots, whether the items make it to the sales floor or not. A win, win for everyone! Scroll to the bottom of this post for details on all of the new Cleveland locations.

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Find a color coding system that works for you
I have dresses hanging on one side of my closet and tops hanging on the other. Both are color coded so if I know I need a certain color, I can quickly find it. Some people take it a step further and organize tops by tanks, short sleeve shirts, long sleeve shirts, sweaters, etc. and then color code. I tried that and it got to be a little much for me. Regardless of what you decide, find a color coding system that works for you and stick to it. It might take a little longer to put your laundry away but it’s definitely worth it when you’re getting ready in the morning and need to quickly find something.

Don’t forget about the small stuff
When organizing, don’t forget about the small things such as socks, t-shirts, shoes, jewelry and accessories. I use a dresser and foldable storage bins for most of these things and use shelves for my shoes. Ensuring that everything is nice and organized will make picking out outfits and getting ready in the morning something you actually want to do!

What are your closet organizing tips? 

Disclosure: Thank you to Savers for sponsoring this post.

Savers is on a mission to create a better world through reuse by inspiring local communities to donate reusable items to local nonprofits instead of throwing them in the trash. Through its commitment to sustainability, Savers has become one of the largest recyclers of used goods in the world, keeping more than 650 million pounds of reusable items from landfills each year.

Cleveland donation drop spots:
*The new Cleveland Donation Drop Spots are open from 8am-5pm starting in November and are open from 9am-6pm in non-winter months
8515 Day Drive, Parma, OH 44129
4332 Kent Road, Stow, OH 44224
30100 Detroit Road, Westlake, OH 44145
5496 Dressler Road, North Canton, OH 44720
3014 Cromer Avenue, Canton, OH 44709
1180  West River Road, Elyria, OH 44035
6944 West 130th Street, Middleburg Heights, OH 44130
1280 State Route 303, Streetsboro, OH 44240
34400 Vine Street, Eastlake, OH 44095
33799 Center Ridge Road, North Ridgeville, OH 44039
1183 Williams Reserve Blvd, Wadsworth, OH 44281