One of my favorite things about my apartment is my walk-in closet. Having never had one before, I am taking full advantage of it. Maybe even too much. Haha. With all that extra space and the fact that I'm not a minimalist, I constantly find myself cleaning my closet.
So, in an effort to help out those who can relate to my not-so-minimal closet issues, I've decided to share some tips that I've started to use to keep my closet just a little more organized.
1. Designate Storage Areas
First things first. Make you have designated areas for specific things. Have separate areas for your shoes, bags, clothes, etc. That should be a given, but if it's not, get started. You'll also want to consider where you might want to keep once- or twice-used clothes you don't hang, but don't want to keep with your clean clothes.
2. Put it Back
Sometimes I go through multiple outfit changes in the morning, and everything I didn't end up wearing ends up in a temporary discard pile on my bench. That pile builds and builds until I get fed up with all the clothes that end up falling off that I FINALLY put it all away.
Hang those tops/dresses you tried on and fold up those pants you decided against wearing. Once you start the pile, it's tough to stop adding to it. I'm not gonna lie, I still end up doing this, but the point is, I'm trying to get into the habit of putting things back immediately.
One other solution would be to remove things you could possibly start piling things on, but in my case, I have no better place to put my bench than in my closet.
3. Donate / Sell
This one's a given. If you don't wear it, give it away or try selling it.
Earlier this year, a friend of mine introduced me to Threadflip, a company that allows you to sell new or used clothing. It's similar to Poshmark, but from what I've heard, they're a lot more selective in what can be sold. For instance, if an item of clothing is too worn, they will not sell it, but will instead offer to return it to you with a $10 fee per item or donate it to Goodwill. You have the option of posting items yourself, but I prefer to order a Full Service Kit from them. With the Full Service Kit, Threadflip will send you a box that you can just fill up with items and send back for free. Then they go through the items, determine what is good enough to push through, photograph the items, and post it into your "closet." On Threadflip, I started out with 4 items of clothing for sale in "my closet", but I've sold one item already, so that's exciting!
In addition to Threadflip, I've also started to use Poshmark. Instead of sending my items in for photographing and posting, I do all of that myself. I just set up a nice background, stick my clothes on a hanger, take a photo with my iPhone, and post it. The format of Poshmark and Threadflip are similar in the sense that they both implement "closets" and have "like", "buy/make an offer" and comment features, but Poshmark seems to have a much more social aspect about it. They host themed "parties" where you can share items from your closet that fits the theme or shop other items in that theme.
So far, in trying both of these out, I think that Threadflip definitely has less upfront work to it (if you use the Full Service Kit), but Poshmark is proving to be a little more successful in helping me sell items. I'm not sure if it's the social side of it, or just the fact that I have better things in my closet on Poshmark, but I'm definitely leaning more towards Poshmark.
4. Store for Later
I live in the Bay Area, and while we generally have great weather—fog included, in my opinion—we have a range of hot to cool weather. In an effort to avoid collecting dust and keep my closet more organized, I decided to store the clothes I only wear in cooler weather. I've pulled all my long-sleeve tops and sweaters off their hangers, folded them up, and stored them in an empty luggage. Out of sight, out of mind... at least until Fall. Either way, I am no longer collecting dust with my fall/winter clothes and my clothing rack is no longer leaning with the weight of all my clothes.
I hope this proves to be at least a little helpful for those of you who—like me—are far from being minimalist, but would like to clean up the closet clutter. Also, if you have any additional advice, I'd love to hear it! Feel free to share your methods in the comments below!
Live on the Bright Side,