Happy, happy Wednesday! It’s another edition of LET’S LOOK!
If you don’t know what this is, once a month, Erika and I do a little link up where we “look” at different aspects of our lives (and then if you blog, you share and link up too!). We have been doing this little linky party for years now, and it’s always one of my favorite posts each month because most of the topics are YOUR suggestions!
In January, we looked at HOW WE ORGANIZE FOR THE NEW YEAR.
In February, we looked at WHAT WE EAT IN A WEEK.
In March, we looked at OUR FAVES FROM HIGH SCHOOL & COLLEGE
In April, we looked at HOW WE DO DATE NIGHTS!
In May, we looked at OUR HOMETOWNS!
In June, we looked at OUR GO-TO SUMMER LUNCHES
In July, we looked at HOW WE KEEP HEALTHY
In August, we looked at HOW WE DO EVERY DAY CLEANING
And today, we’re looking at….HOW WE ORGANIZE OUR CLOSETS!
Last December when we asked you what you wanted us to talk about this year on Let’s Look, THIS WAS THE #1 REQUEST!
You girls are interested in our closets, and I don’t blame you because I am interested in other people’s spaces too!
I don’t share a lot of details about certain parts of my house…so this won’t be a deep dive into my primary closet, buuuuuut I do have some pics and ways I keep my closet extra organized and tidy.
But first, lest you think all of my closets are tidy, here are a few of the other closets in my home right now…
This is our coat closet next the front door. Let’s see…there is a dining room chair in there. Some coats. A ring light with stand. A set of dumbbells. Two pairs of my sneakers. Speech games for my kids. Some folders. A mirror. Is that like maybe a flag pole? Hmmm.
That closet looks amazing compared to…
…for the love. This closet typically looks SO GOOD except during the fall and holiday season when I cram a lot of my “normal” things into this space to make room for my fall and holiday decor around the house. What I’m telling you is that this closet only looks good six months out of the year because the other six months of the year, I fill it with #allthethings that don’t have a home when the seasonal decor is out. Due to Smith’s violin stuff in the way, I couldn’t even open the door all the way. Heaven help me.
This closet here…
…is pretty good! This closet is in the little girls’ bathroom and is where we store all of our seasonal sheets. I bought THESE BASKETS a few years ago and this space works well for us!
This is the closet in Madeley’s room. It’s currently storing non-seasonal pillows since her clothes are still in their big closet (pictured below).
Awwwww! This closet isn’t half bad! This is the closet in our home gym. Please notice though that for whatever reason, Kensington’s Cricut is in there too. Why you ask? I have no earthly idea.
This is the little girls’ closet, and it stays super nice and organized.
Where are Smith and Kensington’s closet pictures? For the sake of our relationship (mine and theirs), I am not going to go into their rooms and look. I imagine small critters nesting in there and an abyss of dirty laundry mingled with the clean. And trash. Why do I also imagine empty Gatorade bottles and candy wrappers? No thanks. We are all going to pass on their closet today. #middleschoolers
So, those are a few of our other closets, but this is one view of mine…
…it will not be shocking to any of you to see that mine is nice and tidy 🙂 .
I have lived in many different places and spaces over the years with a variety of closets. If you’ve read my blog since the beginning, then you’ve seen my different closets and know I’ve had much smaller spaces to work with and have had to get uber creative over the years. Right now, I have a nice big closet, so I don’t struggle with having room any more as much as I do keeping it organized so that it’s efficient every day when I go in there and get dressed. I know many of you have tiny spaces and some of you have larger, but hopefully one or two of my tips help regardless of square footage.
Here are a few of my keys to organizing my closet:
1: I purge ruthlessly and often. At least once a month (if not more), I make a pass through my closet and remove items that I am no longer enjoying. I either pass them on to Kensington, donate them to a missionary family I’ve come to know well over the years or donate them at one of McKinney’s many donations spots.
2: I like to keep my clothing organized by type. As you can see, I keep my shorts together, my skirts together, my jackets together and then my tops are hung by sleeve length. I know some people are big on organizing by color, but I prefer to look at my wardrobe by sleeve length.
3: I hang up my jeans. For most of my life, I did not have the space to hang my jeans up and always had them folded, but I was thrilled when I finally could put them on a hanger. Want to know why? Because when they were all folded in a drawer, I just grabbed the top pair every single time. Folded jeans are hard to differentiate between, so I would just grab the same pair over and over. I love being able to see them. My jeans and shorts are lined up in order from lightest denim to darkest.
4: Separate items per drawer. I have drawer space to separate several items out, so I do. For instance…
…I have a drawer with just my leggings and tights…
…and another one with my athletic shorts. This just makes getting dressed at 4:15 AM each morning easier since it’s organized.
5: Use lots of bins and baskets! Oh I love me a basket in my closet. Here are a few ways I use them…
I keep this basket HERE filled with my flip flops. Flip flops for the pool, the yard, etc are great to keep handy but don’t need to take up real estate in my closet year around, so during the spring/summer, I pull this basket out and put it in my closet and then in the cooler months, I store it away.
I keep these two bins in my closet all the time though. The blue bin is for my “do not put in the dryer clothes” and the white bin is for my whites! This has helped me SO MUCH as I used to try and separate the laundry as I was throwing it in the washer and dryer but inevitably, I would miss a “do not dry” top and it would get dried and ruined or my white sports bra would get past me and come out pink on the other end. Now, when I see that the bins are getting full, I do a load of just that bin.
I have a rotating system with THESE BINS too! In one bin, I have all of my pool/beach cover ups, in another, I have all of my Red Sox tees, in a third, I keep all of my kids’ sports teams tees, in a fourth, I keep my fall tees and sweaters, in a fifth, I keep my Christmas tees and sweaters and then in a sixth, I keep my “other holiday” tees and sweaters (Valentine’s Day, Cinco de Mayo, etc). I used to try and cram all of that crap, I mean stuff, into the closet year around but why? I do not need a cover up in February nor do I need a Halloween tee in March. After the house flooded, when I was adding everything back inside, I switched to this system, and it’s been so amazing!!! When I’m not using the bin, I put them away (under the bed, in another closet, heck…you could put them in the garage!). Then with each season, I swap out my bins. Right now, my Halloween sweaters and tees are in the closet and my other items are away…let’s be real, I was ready to put my Red Sox tees away in May…#sigh #theyareterriblethisyear
As for my Red Sox hats though…
6: Stack your hats. I keep them all stacked to save room. I stack my fall/winter hats too!
7: Put a trashcan in your closet. I don’t know about you, but my closet produces a bunch of trash, so we LOVE having a trashcan in there with us. From dry cleaning tags, to bits of paper and stuff I find in my purse, new tags on clothes, receipts, safety pins…WHATEVER, it’s so nice to have a trashcan handy plus it keeps the space free of any extra clutter.
8: Make it smell lovely. I shared these…
…my reed diffusers on Friday’s blog post, but seriously, add one. I would say one diffuser easily lasts three months, and it just keeps the whole space smelling fresh and lovely. It’s a little thing that makes a big difference.
So, those are just a few little tips and tidbits from my closet.
Now, tell me what you do to keep your closet(s) organized? I would love any special tips and tricks!!! I’m into this topic too, y’all 😉 .
Next month in OCTOBER…
…it’s all about how we SELECT OUR HALLOWEEN COSTUMES…
…I’m here for it.
Happy Wednesday, friends! I’ll see you all tomorrow! xx