Minimalist Secrets to an Organized Closet
Do you feel like you have nothing to wear? Even though your closet is exploding into your bedroom?! Here are 5 secrets to a minimalist closet. These small changes mean less mess and therefore more sanity!
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Stop wearing cloths that aren’t machine washable
This trick to keeping an organized closet is one I learned from my mom. If you’re trying to simplify an already busy schedule, then stop wearing delicate items. When you cannot machine wash clothing, cleaning the clothing becomes an inconvenience. As a result you will likely end up with a perpetually dirty pile of dirty clothing. One that you are avoid dealing with.
Why do we torture ourselves with hand-wash and dry clean only clothing?! When it comes to delicate clothing your left with 2 undesirable options. Option 1, take the time to launder the delicates yourself by hand. Or option 2, take the delicates to the dry cleaners.
If you are going to launder the items yourself by hand, items that are not machine washable require 3 extra steps. First, you have to separate out everything that needs to be hand washed. Second, you have to actually wash them by hand. Third, you have to dry them according to directions.
Unfortunately, having items dry cleaned is also a process. Opting to dry clean also requires separate out non-machine washable items. Plus you have to shuttle your clothes around like you might your kids. Even worse, dry cleaning costs money that you have to budget for.
Keep track of stained clothing
It might be that my laundry skills are not up to par, but there are some stains that I just cannot get out. Stubborn stains kept me stuck in a vicious cycle of dirty laundry. I would put these items on, realize they were stained, and throw them in the hamper. I would then forget they were stained, wash and dry them with all my laundry, put them away, and go to wear them again.
When I realized this cycle was failing and I started separating out stain items to be treated before they were washed. Separating out and pre-treating stained items proved relatively successful. However, the real minimalist epiphany came when I realized I needed to keep track of the how many times stained items had been treated.
Tracking the number of times stained clothing have been laundered will provide insight into when to throw clothing out.
Once you realize that you have been washing the same stained item again and again, it makes it a lot easier to throw it out. If the stain is not getting any smaller or lighter after multiple treatments, it is time to throw it out. If I were better at stain removal I would probably throw things out after two washes, but presently I throw things out after four.
You can use a notes app or a pen and paper to keep track of your dirty laundry. I recommend a magnetic notepad that you can stick to your washer or dryer. Since the list doesn’t need to leave the laundry room (unlike a grocery list). You can easily create a magnetic notepad by hot glueing post its to one of those freebie stickers you get in the mail or you can buy one cheaply on amazon.
Don’t wait to get rid of non-wearable clothing
Stains aside, there are a lot of reasons that clothing might be unwearable. Maybe your jeans are sprouting a hole in the high thigh. Maybe your college club wear is indecent in your adult wardrobe.
Whatever the reason, once you realize you can’t wear a piece of clothing separate it from your wardrobe immediately. Don’t just throw it on your floor or in your hamper!
If you try an item on and realize it isn’t wearable, separate it immediately from the rest of your wardrobe. These items can be thrown out or donated. I recommend a designated goodwill bag that is separate from the rest of your closet. Make sure it doesn’t display items to be donated. You may be tempted to pull items back out.
Pro tip: if you fluctuate in weight separate and box items that are too small or too large. I understand not being ready to give up too small clothing due to a recent weight gain. Keep it boxed until you get a feeling for whether you will ever be that weight again. Eventually you will either be opening the box to wear the clothes, or ditching the box entirely.
Box seasonal clothing
This is the most well known of all the minimalist secrets to an organized closet.
It is common sense and common practice to keep seasonal clothes separate. However, unless you’re boxing off-season clothing you may not be implementing the separation to it’s full potential.
When my seasonal items aren’t boxed away I have a tendency to dig through them when looking for something else.
Moving and shifting off-season clothing can mean it gets reintegrated back into my current-season wardrobe by mistake. This makes it harder for me to find current-season items thus perpetuating closet disorganization.
I’m a big fan of plastic storage containers as any items inside won’t collect dust. This is important if you have allergies like me. It means no need to launder clothing when you take them out of the box.
I also recommend storage containers that are easy to move on your own. Amazon sells all sorts of storage containers like this under the bed one which I currently own.
Try the hanger trick
Within the minimalist community, this secrets to a minimalist closet is also well known. If you’re new to minimalism, you may not have heard of the hanger trick. The hanger trick helps you to eliminate clothing that you don’t wear. This will help you to identify items that don’t work with the rest of your wardrobe, or that you just don’t particularly like.
If you have the quintessential problem of a full closet but nothing to wear, the hanger trick can help you determine what should go.
Basically you just take your wardrobe, and to turn all the hangers around. After a few weeks or months have past, check the hangers and see what you have not worn. Then ditch items that aren’t dressy pieces intended for special events.
If there is anything I’m guilty of hoarding it’s sentimental clothing. So I practice an ongoing hanger elimination process instead of a executing a single hanger purge. This allows me to try and incorporate pieces I own into my wardrobe before ditching them into the donate bin. I think of it as a exercise in frugality to shop in my own closet before I let things go.
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