Feng Shui Tips on How to Organize Your Closet
Your closet has the potential to hide a mirage of sins. But is that really what you want in the room in which you lay down your defenses and give your vulnerability permission to rise. Not me baby! I want and need my closet to be well groomed and tailored to fit all my seasons, shapes and sizes. If you’re anything like me you’ll be needing a custom unit to accommodate your professional, casual, and evening attire. All that and more if your sharing your closet with your Honey or wish to.
Your closet has the potential to hide a mirage of sins. But is that really what you want in the room in which you lay down your defenses and give your vulnerability permission to rise. Not me baby! I want and need my closet to be well groomed and tailored to fit all my seasons, shapes and sizes. If you’re anything like me you’ll be needing a custom unit to accommodate your professional, casual, and evening attire. All that and more if you’re sharing your closet with your Honey or wish to.
I’ve been in many a closet “get your mind out of the gutter” of clients and many are busting through the seams of the bi-fold doors or jammed packed in the hard-to-reach end of the closet behind the sliding mirrored doors (of which are less-than-excellent Feng Shui but that’s another post.) So many are crammed with photo albums, hand-me-down linens, letterman jackets from high school leaving no room for any kind of fashion update, seasonal tune-up or a romantic relationship with that deeply desired love interest.
My #1 recommendation to clients in order to get control of the situation is to invest in a closet organizer. A well designed closet organize will MAXIMIZE your space while making room to reach All the things you LOVE! You will be surprised that you probably won’t even need a dresser. Yes, that’s right. My husband and I haven’t had a dresser for 14 years. All our clothes are well organized in our closet organizer and nightstands. Our seasonal cloths are stored in a trunk at the foot of the bed. It’s works wonderfully for sweaters and extra linens.
Here are a few tips on how we keep or closet organized;
1. We go through all our clothes every season.
2. If we haven’t worn an item in 6 months because we don’t like it any more or it doesn’t fit we donate it.
3. The only thing we keep in the closet is clothes and shoes.
4. When I was transitioning from my high stressful career in health care to doing my own thing I moved my scrubs to a closet in the spare bedroom. I did this so that I didn’t wake up every day with the first thing I saw being a reminder of the place that was unhealthy for me. This left me more room to expand my professional wardrobe and in doing so created a living affirmation of my goals and aspirations. A much more powerful way to start the day.
Hang it right!
The best success of any job is having the right tools to do the job right. The following illustration depicts the best hangers to use for various type of garments.
1. This Cascade Hanger is AMAZING for hanging any type of garment. The small little indents at the top are perfect for hanging your spaghetti strap cammies and dresses.
3. Keep your blazers and jackets in perfect shape with this wide coat hanger. The shoulders will keep their form without compromising the integrity of the fabric.
4. Scarves and Pashminas are often found balled up in and stuffed in a basket making them a wrinkled mess that is never worn. Hang them on a scarf hanger like this so that they catch your eye and find their way back into your daily dress.
How to Stylize Your Closet
1. Colour code all items.
2. Hang dresses with long sleeved ones to the left and then move to short sleeve and strapless.
3. Hang skirts, dress-pants on pant hangers so as not to create unnecessary wrinkles and creases.
4. Hang blouses and blazers starting with blazers and graduate to blouses with long sleeves first then short sleeved and sleeveless.
5. Hang T-shits long sleeved to short.
6. Fold jeans and stack on shelving.
7. Fold sweaters to prevent stretching and stack on shelving.
8. Sort shoes and boots by colour and heal size and place on shelf or shoe rack.
9. Purses and hand bags sort by colour, shoulder strap, hand bag and clutch. Place in on a shelf, cubby or wicker basket and place on a shelf.
10. Belts and scarves. Purchase economical hangers to sort each by colour and length.
Here are some really groovy closet organizer ideas that won’t break the bank.
1. I love the simplicity of this rubber coated wire closet organizer. The clean lines and easily adjustable shelves make organizing manageable.
2. This high-end unit is sturdy and provides ample shelving for sweaters and items best folded.
If you’re on a budget or living in a rental property where you don’t want to invest your cash in a built-in unit here’s an economical way to bring some organization into your closet.
It is good to do this little project with a good friend, a bottle of wine and some really groovy music! Have fun!