I recently started watching a new show on Netflix called Home Edit. I actually started watching it while cleaning out my bedroom closet. I needed to do a purge of clothes, shoes, and accessories. There was simply too much stuff in my closet that hadn’t been worn in several years or more. The purge went a step further. While watching Home Edit I learned some more organizational techniques to implement in my closet. I didn’t take before photos, because I had no intention about blogging on this topic. However, since this turned into an official organizational project, I decided to take “after” photos to share my tips.
I enjoy organizing. If you have followed my blog or postings on Facebook then you know I have covered this topic more than a few times. Here are 7 of my favorite blog postings about organization. Check them out if you want some tips and tricks on home and life organization.
12 Tips for Living Organized: https://livingjoydaily.com/2016/04/11/my-top-12-tips-for-living-organized/
The Joy of an Organized Home: https://livingjoydaily.com/2019/01/07/the-joy-of-an-organized-home/
15 Tips to Make Your Playroom Organized and Fun Too: https://livingjoydaily.com/2016/01/27/15-tips-to-make-your-playroom-organized-and-fun-too/
Pantry Organization: https://livingjoydaily.com/2019/06/25/pantry-organization/
Organization in the New Year- The Bin Method: https://livingjoydaily.com/2016/01/19/organization-in-the-new-year-the-bin-method/
Organization in the New Year- Part 2 of the Bin Method: https://livingjoydaily.com/2016/01/21/organization-in-the-new-year-part-2-of-the-bin-method/
Shoe Organization for the Shoe Hoarder: https://livingjoydaily.com/2016/01/31/shoe-organization-for-the-shoe-hoarder/
If you haven’t seen Home Edit and you like (or need) to organize, then check it out. Warning: it is addictive and they do promote a lot of products from The Container Store. Why would this be a problem? Well, the store isn’t cheap. I spent a bit there, thanks to Home Edit. They literally have a display for products that are featured on Home Edit, making it even easier to buy the organization products you saw on the show. I had a specific list of what I went in to buy in the store and I ended up buying more than double of what I had on my list. You have now been warned about the Container Store and watching Home Edit. Then again, if you love an organized home, enjoy learning new organizational tips and trips, and want to do a top notch job, then watch the show.
Below are some of the tips I grasped from watching just a few episodes of Home Edit. Their tips really make it easier to find your things and have a visually appealing approach to organization too.
Organize Clothes by Category
I have always organized my clothes by category. This means I have an area for shorts, a space for sweaters, another racks just for dresses, etc. Every category of clothes has its own space. I took it up a notch by sorting leggings and skorts on my shelves within my closet. Previously they were all in piles together since they were all categorized as “bottoms”. Now I have them sorted by palazzo pants (those are what I wear around the house and for Pjs), regular leggings, workout leggings, jeans, and shorts. I labeled the shelves using a label maker too. This way it is very clear where things go and if I start to get them mixed up and I can simply read the labels and sort again.
Organize Hanging Clothes by Color
Organizing handing clothing by color makes it easier to find what you want to wear. I wear dresses most days. Because I am so tall, many dresses look more like tunics on me. I wear them with leggings. Capri leggings in the spring and summer and full length leggings in the fall and winter. I don’t have enough closet space for all of my dresses, so I keep them seasonal. Because of Covid I didn’t even switch out my wardrobe from fall/winter to spring/summer. I took out only a handful of my summer dresses and they are mixed in with my fall/winter wardrobe. I lived mostly in skorts and casual tops during Covid. No need to dress up if I never left the house. I am just now starting to pull out dresses to wear, so I just pulled a dozen or so from my summer wardrobe and left the remaining stored away since we are so close to getting into fall/winter clothes.
Use Matching Hangers
Another way to clean up the look in your closet is to use matching hangers. This is another tip from Home Edit. I like to use the brushed velvet hangers all in black. The velvet keeps the items from easily falling off the hangers. They are slim too, which helps for storage space. I have been able to purchase these in bulk from Costco in the past. I just purchased another 50 pack from Amazon, so that I could match the hangers for my tops and blazers as well. Here is the link for these Amazon Basics hangers that are black velvet: https://amzn.to/347J6Xe. I ordered them because the price is currently under $20 for a 50 pack and they have high reviews.
Organize Jewelry in Acrylic Cases
Home Edit featured these clear acrylic jewelry cases that have a linen interior lining. These were the product that won me over and had me making a trip to the Container Store. You can definitely find cheaper acrylic jewelry holders on Amazon. It is obviously harder to determine the quality when ordering online. I liked being able to go to my local Container Store to buy these. I was able to see how thick and sturdy they were made. These should last not only for years, but decades. These cases are stackable and come with different interior configurations. These were features I really liked, along with the lined interior.
Here is the link to the exact jewelry storage containers I used from The Container Store: https://www.containerstore.com/s/jewelry-storage/view-all-jewelry-storage/modular-acrylic-linen-jewelry-drawer-system/12d?productId=11013173&country=US¤cy=USD&utm_source=tcscompshop&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=google&cid=cse%7Cevergreen%7Cjewelry-storage+%3E+view-all-jewelry-storage%7Cgoogle%7C%7C9770357956%7C10081576%7Cc&gclid=CjwKCAjw8MD7BRArEiwAGZsrBZxO_gi-GQEB9COmzMXWDqG_w2r7FkPreDXqHi4pRUCfUFzUKy5t6hoCd0gQAvD_BwE
I love to label things. It helps to make clear where things belong. Everything inside a home should have a place where it belongs. Labeling the containers where things are stored makes putting things back even easier. I have a label maker I have been using for years. Mine is made by Brother and it has worked great. I like it because I don’t need to use a computer. I punch the words and numbers right onto the device and print directly from the device. It is a deal at under $35 on Amazon right now too. The one I own has a new model, which can be found here: https://amzn.to/30f2ccT
I went beyond the closet and added some organizational items to my bathroom, desk drawers, and night stand. It is so nice to have everything sorted and contained. It gives a nice clean look when opening the drawers. I love that! You can see the photos below. The black drawer organizers were a great deal I found on Amazon. They come in a set of 8 pieces and they lock together. These were a good deal at $10 on Amazon (right now, can’t guarantee the price of course): https://amzn.to/3i2322Q
The clear bins that I used in the bathroom came from the Container Store. I especially liked the stacking acrylic bins. They are spacious, yet still fit under the sink. They can be found here: https://www.containerstore.com/s/storage/plastic-bins-baskets/idesign-clear-linus-deep-stackable-plastic-bin/12d?productId=11001406&country=US¤cy=USD&utm_source=tcscompshop&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=google&cid=cse%7Cevergreen%7Cstorage+%3E+plastic-bins-baskets%7Cgoogle%7C%7C9770357962%7C10065277%7Cc&gclid=CjwKCAjw8MD7BRArEiwAGZsrBYPmqJjXfnesYYCnyuvvHUQTJcR8FuXPyqDaKajV2RievEmRqxeceBoCcN0QAvD_BwE