Before we dive into today’s post, I want to announce something exciting… I launched a YouTube Channel! It won’t be replacing the blog but will be a supplement allowing us to dive a bit deeper into the things we’re chatting about here! Plus size fashion, home decor/DIY, travel, and lifestyle!
In the future, many of my blog posts will ALSO feature video content! In today’s blog post I’m sharing five tips for an organized closet and if you scroll ALL the way to the end of the post, I’ve embedded my latest YouTube video which is a tour of my own closet!
If you’d like to check out my first YouTube video, where I answer questions allowing you to get to know me a bit better, click here! While you’re there, please like the video and subscribe! It’ll help ensure that you see future videos AND it will help me tremendously as well as a new YouTuber!
Ok, let’s dive into today’s post…
Five Tips To Organize Your Closet
Tip #1: Use matching velvet, slim profile hangers
When space is limited, using slimline hangers instead of bulky plastic options allows you to fit significantly more hanging items in the same space. Not to mention, having all of your hangers matching is just visually pleasing.
I always thought of velvet hangers as a luxury item but I now realize that it’s a pretty low dollar investment for a huge impact. I buy mine from Amazon and love the way they look.
Tip #2: Make use of vertical space by using tiered hangers for trousers, skirts, and even blouses
Until now, I’ve never had a closet with multiple rods at different heights allowing to hang tops and bottoms in the same vertical space. When I only have one high hanging closet rod, I love to make use of the extra vertical space by using tiered hangers with multiple rows so that you can hang several items on one hanger.
I like to hang all of my work/dress pants on one hanger, all of my jeans on one, etc. to make it quick and easy to get dressed each morning.
Tip #3: Group like items together and then sort by color from lightest to darkest
Grouping like items together allows you to quickly and easily find the pieces you’re looking for when getting dressed. I like to start by hanging all tank tops/sleeveless tops together, then the short sleeve, then three quarter length sleeves, then long sleeves.
To make things even easier for you to find (and to make your closet look extra visually appealing), once like items are grouped together sort the items by color from lightest to darkest.
If you’re a color coordinating, organization loving nerd like me… I highly recommend following The Home Edit on Instagram. Also, I JUST ordered the new book by The Home Edit. I can’t wait to get it and whip my entire house into shape! If you want to check it out and organize along with me, you can get it by clicking here.
After a recent closet cleanout, as you’ll see in my closet tour video below, things aren’t perfectly arranged by color. I absolutely miss it and it takes me longer to find things I need. I’ll definitely be spending some time this weekend putting things in order.
Tip #4: Edit your wardrobe often – donate and sell what you don’t use
Pretty much every plus size woman I know has a habit of holding onto clothing that no longer serves her. I personally think it’s because we have all gone through times when it was EXTREMELY difficult to find beautiful clothes that fit. We have a “lack mentality” regarding fashion and feel like we need to hold onto everything in case we’re unable to find anything good again.
I was in this mindset for YEARS but over the past few years, I have let it go. I now do regular closet cleanouts and donate items or sell them online. Actually, I’ve made a good amount of money by selling clothing online and it’s helped me fund replacements of things I don’t love with things that I do! I wrote a blog post recently with my tips for selling plus size clothing online. You can check it out here!
Tip #5: Shop strategically – note key pieces you need for your wardrobe and limit impulse buys
Years ago, I hired a personal stylist to come to my house and help me figure out what to keep and how to make a variety of outfits with the pieces I owned. It was truly a game-changer for my personal style and helped me learn to be much more creative and make the most of what I have.
That experience also taught me that I didn’t need to have such an expansive wardrobe full of random items to have a nice variety of things to wear.
During our session, she told me several items she thought would fit my personal style that I DIDN’T already own. I made a note in my phone listing the items she mentioned and kept it with me as I shopped over the next few months. It helped guide me on what to look for… and when my favorite brands had sales I was able to fill in the gaps.
You can do this on your own… start a note on your phone listing items you’d like to add to your wardrobe. If something you wear all the time is looking faded and worn, make a note of it. When you go to get dressed and find yourself wishing you had a new belt to make an outfit pop, add it to your list. Using your list will keep you focused during your shopping trips and minimize impulse buys of things you won’t wear.
Shopping strategically is a huge help in many ways but especially in keeping your closet organized AND helping you avoid wasting money on things you don’t need.
Shop my recommended hangers:
VELVET SLIMLINE HANGERS: https://amzn.to/2VA3Jpy
TIERED TROUSER HANGERS: https://amzn.to/2GeBHur
TIERED SKIRT HANGERS: https://amzn.to/2Idi48u
TIERED TOP HANGERS: https://amzn.to/2ULTpxt
Check out my closet tour featuring many of my go-to wardrobe staples:
Shop some of my favorite clothes and shoes from the video:
BLACK BLAZER: https://rstyle.me/n/divg2pci8wx
BLUE HANDBAG: https://shopstyle.it/l/1UY0
SCRUNCH FLATS: https://amzn.to/2Z0EYF7
NIKE SNEAKERS: https://rstyle.me/n/divhbici8wx
VANS SNEAKERS (similar): https://rstyle.me/n/divhjnci8wx
BLACK POINTY FLAT: https://rstyle.me/n/divhmcci8wx
GOLD SCALLOPED FLATS: https://rstyle.me/n/divhqici8wx
WHITE SLIDES: https://rstyle.me/n/divhwnci8wx
ANIMAL PRINT DRESS: https://rstyle.me/n/divh3kci8wx
Thanks so much for reading and watching! I’d love to hear from you below… what fashion and lifestyle topics would you like to see in my next post and video?
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