Home organization bug bit me last month suddenly. First thing to start was how to organize my close I remember having come across Konmari methods of organization way back in 2015-16 but I did not pay any heed to it. Suddenly, one day a youtube video on closet organization popped out of the blue which started me on this project of revamping my entire wardrobe to save space and clutter.
I am a cleanliness fanatic on my usual days and a lazy couch potato on my bad days. I like clean and organized spaces. Too much of clutter or decor makes my mind chaotic. If I am not able to find some utility out of anything, it goes out of my house immediately. Even after being so diligent, I realized my space utilization skills are not that great!
Did you know we use 20% of our clothes and things 80% of the times.
What You Should Know to Organize Your Closet?
Lately, my clothes wardrobe had become completely unorganized. Most of my stuff was lying in un-ironed heaps. All the dressy clothes were randomly folded and stuffed in the closet. In short, everything was an organized mess. But, a mess nevertheless. So, I decided to start my home organization from my wardrobe closets.
Did you know you should have a working board to fold your clothes? Yes, a working board makes it easy to fold any size of clothes. I used my dining table as the working board which made it easier to handle everything from a small handkerchief to the complex lehengas. So, let’s see what things you should know this time before you start to organize your closet space.
Did you know how to fold your clothes properly?
Basic organizational skills involve clothes folding techniques. There are various ways in which you can fold your shirt, t-shirt or jeans. Try out different methods and see what works best for you. The Konmari method is really simple and takes very less space. The best advantage of proper folding method is that your clothes do not get wrinkled.
You would be interested to know that these folding tips and methods do not work that well for Indian wears. So, we follow the basic principle with a few tweaks to suit our purposes.
Lay down the cloth to be folded on the working board, smooth it out completely from start to end, fold it and stack it. You can use the three fold Konmari method to practically fold everything. The aim is to create a rectangle from the cloth. The three fold method also does not allow it to get bulky while folding and saves a lot of space while you organize your closet. The video below helped me a lot with ethnic wear specifically.
Did you know how to store the clothes and linens to save space?
We all use horizontal spaces very well but how well are we using the vertical spaces is the key. Stacking a leaning tower of 10-20 shirts one upon another forever in the danger of crashing down is not an efficient usage of vertical space. When we learn how to fold things properly, stacking them horizontally or vertically becomes easier.
The reorganization saved me a ton of space and this is when I do not have separate organizers or extra hangers.
Basic principle to organize your closet is that a look from above should give you an idea of what all you have and what would you like to wear. Likes must be kept with likes in separate baskets to make it easy to find and store. Mix and match also becomes easier. You can also get few organizers which help maximize the vertical space or stack boxes or organizers on each other depending on frequency of usage.
Did you know how to keep your dresser organized?
Earlier, my dresser would always be a mess. Though, I would segregate every product according to its category, there were no dividers so everything would end up getting jumbled. Finally, I used a few cartons to use a dividers and segregated everything again and now it is looking clean and I can find anything without losing patience or time!
Did you know you could buy extra organizers for extra space?
No, I am not talking about the extra boxes but specific implements which you can fix and use. Like, a lazy susan for dining table and kitchen counter is a great way to keep the regularly used condiments at hand. Similarly, a scarf hanger is great to keep all scarves at the same place without occupying too much space.
You also get sliding boxes which can be fixed in your fridge or under your cupboards and you can store things in it again maximizing vertical space. Similarly, you get vertical storage hangers which can handle light weight clothes. You can also hang your expensive clothes in covered hangers to protect them and save space at the same time. The video above gives a lot of such tips.
Did you know you can work with any space?
More the space, more stuff you have. Always purge unnecessary items from your house. Keep things simple and utilitarian.
It is not that you have a lot of junk just because your home is huge. But, our tendency is usually to keep buying stuff without thinking whether we have enough space to store it properly. Always make sure you discard your older stuff before buying the new. Keep your things less messy and enjoy de-cluttering. And, follow these principles while you organize your closet space the next time.
The more organized you are, more are the chances your home, your space and your life overall is organized and going in the right direction. Well, believe it or not, there is a metaphysical correlation between your life and how organized you are. So, if you really think something is going wrong, start with organizing your space around you and I am sure you will notice changes soon enough.
Till then, Swathy.