Create More Space in Your Closet

In our last post, we gave you seven signs your closet might be overstuffed. Did any of them apply to you? If so, you may be looking for a way to clean and organize your space. 

If you didn’t see it, that’s okay! There’s probably a reason you came to this post, and we’re here to help. Keep reading for ideas on creating more space in your closet, so you can enjoy the pieces you already have and make room for additional ones!

1. Do the donate, keep and toss challenge. 

Make three piles, baskets or bags and book yourself a couple of hours to go through every clothing item you own, separating each piece into the donate, keep or toss pile. Donate items that no longer fit, are no longer your style, or that you haven’t worn in more than four months (excluding seasonal pieces. If you wore it heavily last season, keep it!) Keep items you love, items that express your style, and basics you use to build many outfits. Trash items that are torn, stained, or otherwise ruined or not wearable. 

2. Invest in organizers. 

There are so many organizing tools you can use—shoe organizers, scarf hangers, and more! Find the ones you love and invest in a system that works for you. We really love The Container Store; they have so many options to get all your stuff in order!

3. Find some DIY inspiration 

There’s nothing short of thousands of DIY closet inspiration on Pinterest. You can find our inspirational ideas @armoirechicago. Scroll through our “Closet Organization” or our “Beautiful Closets” boards to find projects that will help you decide on a clear direction for your space. What do you want it to look it? How will you make that happen? Find what you love and then create a plan to make those goals a reality.

4. Store off-season clothes
If you live in Chicago, you can use a service like Armoire, which picks up, stores, cleans and then delivers your clothes on demand. If you don’t, look for a similar service near you, or invest in a small storage locker. Worst case scenario, grab some large boxes at the U-Haul store and hide those puffer coats away. This way, you aren’t taking up space in your closet with items in the summer! You can’t create great outfits if you can’t find anything, or are constantly looking at the wrong pieces.

So there you have it, four really solid ways to create some space in your closet! The first one alone will get you really closer to your goal, but incorporating others will take your closet game next level. Care for your best clothing pieces, live spaciously, and you’ll find it much easier to express your style. Fashion happens when you make deliberate decisions about what to wear, and building great outfits happens when you declutter