Do you know how many you REALLY have?
I was recently reorganizing a closet and as I was shifting and shuffling I kept hearing, "I just need something to go under/with that." When I moved to the bottom two drawers of a large dresser, I found a treasure trove of perfect under/with items. In shock I cried,
"The t-shirts must be liberated!"
The drawers were well organized and quite full. I'd found a stash of coverage T's, tanks, and camisole basics in a wide range of solid colors to complement and create dozens of outfits. I pulled them all out and hung each in it's proper place among it's similarly-colored siblings.
I have become a firm believer that you should see as much of your wardrobe as possible and so I propose that you hang up as much of your clothing as you safely can. (We'll talk about the safety issue in a minute.) I've seen many a closet where the owner said, "This is 'all' I have (except the five drawers of jeans, pants, leggings, tees and camisoles) and I just can't do much with it." Many years ago, mine was one of them.
To Hang or Not To Hang
That is the question, here are two really good answers-
- You'll save money. If you can't see it, you'll probably end up buying another one you don't need. Or another 4 or 5 after you put the new one in the same drawer as the first one.
- You'll create better outfits. If you can't see it, you probably won't use it. Seeing all your options allows for more creativity and inspiration than trying to remember what you have.
Nearly all clothes can be safely hung. We're talking the safety of your clothes here, not you.
- Sweaters should never be hung. Even on padded hangers, gravity pulls at the weave on the neckline and shoulders and eventually, they lose their shape permanently.
- Hang all your dresses and shirts- be they button down, blouse, or T. I hate wire hangers (no movie reference intended) and hang nearly everything on plastic hangers. Wire hangers create sharp points in clothing and have no "hanging aides" like notches, or hooks. If the item is of a slinky material or has a wide neckline that tends to slide off, either use the hanging loops (if they're there), slip the short sleeve up into the notch on the hanger arm, or use non-slip hangers that are covered in a grippy, velvety material.
- Use pant hangers for all pants and skirts. If you have the space, you can follow a tip I once received from a store manager - hang dress pants full-length from their ankles and folded along the crease. The weight of the top of the pants will gently pull out any wrinkles as the pants hang in the closet.
- Jeans are your choice. I don't hang the few pairs of jeans and shorts I have because I have open shelving in my closet and can easily see them. The only other items I don't hang are underwear, bras, pajamas, and hosiery.
- Blazers and sport- and suit coats require special hangers. They are curved to preserve the line of the jacket and look like this.
You'll be happier when you see it and more excited to get dressed.
Help your fellow readers - what methods do you employ in your closet? Is it well organized or a major mess?