Get It Together: Closet Organizing Tips You Need In Your Life

Dealing with the aftermath of Black Friday, Christmas and even finding that perfect New Year's Eve dress might have left your closet in a whirlwind and your bedroom littered with a mixture of new, old and re-giftable items. If the struggle of not knowing whether your favorite sweater is hanging in the closet, tangled up in a drawer or hiding under your bed has finally taken a toll on you, look no further. We've gathered all the best tips you'll need to get your closet organized as we head into the new year. 

1. Give It Away

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The first essential part of the closet organizing equation is to get rid of everything you don't want, need or wear. Unfortunately, this first step can often be the most difficult, but it can also be incredibly rewarding. While scouring through your wardrobe, ask yourself "If I saw this in a store right now, would I buy it?" If the answer is no, or even maybe, the clever thing to do is donate or sell the item. A closet filled with things you've worn once does not a wardrobe make. Think of it this way: the more you rid your closet of items you hardly wear, the more room there will be for new items you actually love. 

2. Try Something New

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If a closet clear out is an annual ritual for you, trying out some new techniques, like the ribbon method, can be a fun way to get different results. Simply tie a ribbon on the left or right side of the hanging rod in your closet, and each time you wear something, place it back on one side of the ribbon. At the end of each month, you'll be able to see which clothes you wore and which items were left abandoned on the other side of the ribbon. Giving away what you don't wear is a simple and rewarding result of taking the time to get organized. 

3. Make It Fun

If the idea of organizing alone isn't thrill enough for you, try redecorating the rest of your closet space  to make the task a bit more entertaining. Whether you have a walk-in or a barely-there closet, adding shoe racks, color coordinated storage bins or a mirror can give you an opportunity to change your space in simple ways. Have your favorite playlist blaring in the background, invite over some friends, order a pizza and suddenly organizing your closet will seem more like an episode of Sex and the City, and less like a dull chore.