Here’s how to organise your closet, even if you’re feeling super lazy

Hello and welcome to today’s episode of how to look like you’ve got your sh*t together

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Ah, organising your closet. You’ve always said you wanted to do it, but conveniently put it off for weekend brunch plans and Netflix binges. I mean who wants to sit on the floor folding clothes when they could be sipping a mimosa or gazing into Noah Centineo’s eyes? Not me. But now that most of us are stuck in our houses for approximately 23.5 hours a day (save for a sanity walk around the block) you have literally no excuse. Sorry!

The first order of business? Getting rid of *the chair*. You know the one. It’s probably covered in a pile of tees, hoodies, and leggings as we speak and I’m willing to bet money that you’ve never actually sat in it. This tip comes straight from moi because I recently ditched my permanent pile of clothes and while it’s been challenging (old habits die hard) my room looks ten times cleaner already.

But you probably didn’t come here for my amateur organisational advice. If you’re looking to organise your closet—without becoming totally exhausted or losing your mind in the process, you’re gonna need real organising experts. They’re the ones with tips for sorting through clothes (threadUP, here you come) and space-saving hacks—and I talked to four of them. You’re welcome.

Here, easy tips on how to organise your closet—even if you don’t really feel like doing it.

 

Here’s how to organise your closet, even if you’re feeling super lazy:

1 Don’t get too ambitious

Organising your entire closet in one pass sounds like a great plan—until you’re five hours in and not even close to done. That’s why Jamie and Fillip Hord, professional organisers and founders of Horderly, recommend picking a small space or section of your closet to start so you don’t get overwhelmed. Another way to avoid a full-on breakdown? Try organising in a few two- to three-hour windows a week until the job is done, says Wendy Silberstein, professional organiser and founder of The Aesthetic Organizer.

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Once your closet is empty, sort through each category of clothing separately (think tees, leggings, tanks) and toss anything that doesn’t fit right, you haven’t worn in years, or you’re just tired of, says Safford. And don’t even think about skipping this step, warn the Hords. If you want a ~pretty~ closet, you have to edit down its contents. P.S., here’s some advice on how you can make a buck selling your rejects.

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4 Make all of your hangers match

Currently using a random assortment of hangers that you’ve literally had since middle school? *Raises hand* It’s time for an upgrade. Even if they’re all plastic, having hangers that are uniform is ‘an instant facelift,’ says Safford. That, my friends, is what we’re looking for here: minimum effort, maximum result. If you’re pressed for space, opt for slim hangers like these velvet ones.

 

5 Hang everything by category *and* colour in your closet

The neat freak inside you (yeah, I’m convinced we all have one) is gonna love this tip. Rather than making one big rainbow colour-coded closet, you’re much better off storing all your casual tees together, your work tops together, going out tops together…you get the idea. That’s because when you’re picking out your outfit, you’re usually thinking about the style and occasion you’re dressing for first, not the colour, says Safford.

 

6 Put things you wear on the reg front and centre

If you reach for one of your tie-dye hoodies on a daily basis, it makes no sense to have them hanging in the back of your closet, duh. Bring those babies front and centre where they’re easy to reach, in what the Hords call ‘prime real estate.’ That maxi dress you only wear once a summer can go all the way in the back, thank you very much.

 

7 Learn how to file fold

I’m pretty upset that I was today years old when I learned that file folding was a thing. Like, just look how gorgeous the leggings drawer in this TikTok looks when she’s done. All you have to do is fold your items and put them in a drawer standing crease up, rather than stacked on top of each other. This way you can actually see what you have, says Safford. Hit up YouTube for a file folding tutorial if you need some assistance.

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8 Take advantage of vertical space

Have a lot of empty space at the top of your closet? Yeah, you’re gonna want to add a shelf or two there, says Safford. All four experts mentioned taking advantage of vertical space, so it seems pretty important. If you already have a shelf but there’s a ton of empty space above your items, add another! The key here is to get maximum use out of the area you’re working with. Just be sure to measure before you hit the hardware store (or Takealot).

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Organizing solutions take on a whole new meaning in your closet 🌟 – This gem of a space was organized with matching white wood hangers, farmhouse bins and a hanging shoe organizer that I repurposed for folding sweaters🌟 I added a few acrylic shelf dividers and voila- a sweet and perfect space ⭐️ – Do you need a touch up in your closet) DM me and we can talk about how to get there! – 📸 @jainekerschner – #realorganizersofinstagram #theastheticorganizer #thatsdarling #nycorganization #closetorganizer #thecontainerstore #professionalorganizer #closetgoals #upperwestside #makehomeyours #howyouhome #curatedcloset #homeorganization #pocketofmyhome #capsulewardrobe #closetsolutions #essentialism #declutter #minimaliso #nycorganizer #newyorkers #familyfirst

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9 Bins and baskets are your best friends

Good news: You don’t have to get fancy built-ins just because you need more drawer space. Using bins on shelves is waaay cheaper and will work just as well. Oh, and it’s way more aesthetically pleasing than just having random random shit stacked on your shelves too.

10 Label, label, label

If you’re gonna take the time to sort stuff into bins and baskets, you want to make sure that you can, ya know, find what you need when you’re done. That means you’re gonna need to do some labelling. ‘Labelling will help you put those new habits in place and keep your closet looking beautiful,’ say the Hords. Basically, labelling will keep you from backsliding into your naturally messy ways.

 

11 Make use of empty wall space

Even if you have a tiny closet, there’s probably a segment of wall somewhere that you’re not using, but you should be. Safford recommends adding hooks to store things like purses, hats and jewellery so they don’t take up valuable shelf space. If you do it right, it looks pretty cute, too.

 

12 Use a hanging shoe organiser as shelves

This is Silberstein’s go-to trick when clients are looking for some extra space for folded items. You can use the compartments for everything from tees to jeans, she says, and you can get one for like R300. All you do is hook it over your clothing rod, and you’re good to go.

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I am so about getting ready for spring! A few swaps and I am done for this fickle part of the year. Layers, alternate sleeve lengths and even one of my favorite dresses gets me smiling when I open my closet😊️ Head to my stories to see before😫 – And I never organize without some thoughtful solutions to contain categories that will not behave alone on a shelf-accessories!! Or I take advantage of my vertical space and implement a hanging organizer to grab n go my favorite layers😊️ These beauties @thelaundress get repurposed constantly. Head over to my site to see how timeless these solutions are. My blog post says it all!!! – Have you taken the first step to achieving a spring closet? – 📸 @jainekershner

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13 Two words: drawer dividers

Get some adjustable drawer dividers and boom, even your half-assed folding looks neater. On a practical level they can also help separate your stuff and keep it more organised, says Safford. If you want to get really fancy, file fold your clothes on either side of the divider for a *chef’s kiss* look.

 

14 Get some clear shoe boxes

In a perfect world, we’d all be storing our shoes on a giant floor to ceiling display à la Kylie Jenner. But alas, most of us are stuck trying to make it work with a couple feet of closet space. Enter: clear shoe boxes. They’ll allow you to see your entire collection at once and fight that whole out of sight, out of mind phenomenon, says Safford.

 

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