1. Sort by season
First things first: sort and separate! The arrival of fall is a great time to review what you own so you can decide to keep it…or not. Does it bring you joy? If not, say goodbye. Donate what doesn’t make the cut and separate what you decide to keep into two piles: spring/summer and fall/winter.
Make space for cold-weather clothing by storing your summer wardrobe away for a while. Secondary storage boxes or compression (vacuum) bags are great for this.
And when you unpack your spring/summer wardrobe, it’ll feel like you’ve been shopping! Bonus.
2. Organize hanging space
It’s inevitable that hanging space gets crazy over time. Getting ready in the morning is always such a rush! Now is the time to clean up to make finding items quicker. Think about:
- Removing some items from the closet rod and storing them elsewhere. Overstuffing makes things harder to find!
- Hanging clothes according to weight and color or item type. And keep an eye out for good outfit combinations. This will save you time later.
- Storing coats and other cold-weather accessories — like hats and gloves — elsewhere to free up precious hanging space.
3. Dedicate space to sweaters and knits
They take up a lot of room, but our fall/winter style wouldn’t be the same without them. Let’s give them the closet space they deserve! Chunky knits and bulky sweaters hung on hangers lose their shape. Folding them in a big pile doesn't work, either. Instead, rolling them in a dedicated drawer (or three) makes finding them easier. Alternatively, add more shelves and fold into smaller piles.
4. Divide and conquer
Underwear drawers have a real talent for being a mess. Luckily, drawer organizers are cost-effective and make locating the right pair of socks or strapless bra a breeze. Each thing (tights, bras, underwear, sports socks, thick socks) has its own place, making finding things easy.