Okay, lately you’ve all heard me talk about minimalism and refreshing your space for Spring. Having an organized closet is an ESSENTIAL part of this. When you can see everything you own, it makes getting dressed fast and easy. This can also create more space and help to showcase all of your garments! Don’t you love when all of a sudden you find outfit options you didn’t even know you had?!
I partnered with Stor-X, an amazing Canadian company who has their factory & head office based in BC! They use green manufacturing and environmentally friendly finish options to create the custom closet that we wanted. They created our dream closet with specific features to fit our daily lives. We chose to create practical storage solutions to streamline getting ready in the morning. It’s a good idea to invest in your closet with smart storage solutions.
Stor-X is an established company that has been in the business since 1989. They have representatives all across western Canada. Do I have any fans of home improvement television reading this?! Stor-X is regularly featured on Love It or List It: Vancouver.
Edit your wardrobe: Take a look at your clothes and assess what you wear most, least, or not at all. Donate the clothing you haven’t worn in a year or more, as well as anything that doesn’t fit. If an item is severely damaged, toss it out.
Decide what to store: Let the seasons and how often you wear certain items be your guide in determining what to keep in the closet and what to stow elsewhere.
Organize hanging garments by type and colour: Blouses, for example, can be sorted first by sleeve length and then by shade, as you can see here. By keeping like with like items, options for the outfit of your choice are clear at a glance.
Choose the right hanger: Your closet will look neater if you use just one type of hanger – whether you choose wood, wire or plastic. I chose a white wood to fit with our white closet. You don’t have to spend a ton on hangers. I picked ours up from Ikea. They also have natural wood and other affordable options.
Set up zones: A low rod holds tops and skirts, an eye-level pole, dresses and a high bar, blazers, suits, or pre-planned outfits which I’ve done here. A high shelf also works great for out-of-season shoes or sweaters.
Arrange folded items: When organizing the folded clothing you’ll store on shelves, place heavier items at the bottom of the pile and lighter ones at the top. After folding, arrange your garments by function (workout tops together, business tops together, etc) and you’ll want to organize them by colour (white to nude to bright colours to black). If your closet doesn’t have shelves, consider using part of your clothing rod for hanging canvas ones. I saw that Ikea also has some great options.
Get a garment bag: A steady canvas garment bag like this one protects fine suits, dresses and jackets better than plastic and is great to take with you when you need to change at the office, when you’re travelling or when you’re moving items you want to ensure are kept in good condition. (Leather, in particular, is susceptible to drying and even cracking if kept in plastic.)
Manage accessories: Store bags, belts, ties, scarves and other accessories in plain sight on hooks or racks, which can be attached to the inside of your closet door. I designed features that pull out to keep scarves organized, because they tend to get a little messy, Gary’s ties and his belts and watches in these custom jewelry drawers. The soft close drawers make it easy to ensure the life of your closet. I also love this pull-out feature called a “garment display” to easily plan your ensemble for the day. You can take a step back to see if the pieces all work together or steam them the night before, making your morning routine fast and easy.
Pick a system for storing shoes: Last but not least, choose a system for organizing your shoes. Stow shoes you don’t wear frequently in labeled plastic boxes on a high shelf, or in another closet, or under your bed if there’s room. I’ve organized my shoes in order of frequency. I tend to wear flats and certain heels most often, especially in the nude colour tones, so I’ve organized those at eye-level for easy access. I’ve organized shoes that I wear on special occasions on the higher shelves for a more on-display look! The adjustable shoe shelves make it super helpful when you have boots or high heels to fit in your closet.
I hope you’re all able to dedicate some time to decluttering YOUR closet this weekend. Blast some tunes, grab a nice bottle of wine, and get busy. 😉 I think that organizing is so therapeutic. You’ll finish the task with a much clearer state of mind – and new outfit options!!
Do you guys have any organizational tips you’d like to share with me? Leave me a comment below, I’d love to hear them!
Thank you to Stor-X for sponsoring this post, all comments and opinions are my own.
Photography by Brooklyn D Photography