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HORDERLY TIPS: How To Organize Your Closet

HORDERLY TIPS: How To Organize Your Closet

If you're anything like me, you LOVE filling your closet with new things. From the season's hottest boots to a flirty new frock for brunch, no amount of shopping is ever too much. The downside, however, is that we typically end up with a closet that resembles a post-apocalyptic movie set. 

This is why I reached out to Jamie Hord for help. My closet is overflowing - literally - with shoes, accessories, and just about everything else imaginable that I simply cannot keep it all clean without her assistance. Jamie is a New York based home organizer and all-around genius who helped me get my wardrobe in tip-top shape. And now, she's sharing her seven tips on how YOU can also get your closet neat and clean. Check out her advice below!

  EMPTY  The first step is to take everything out. Starting with a blank slate is always easiest.

EMPTY
The first step is to take everything out. Starting with a blank slate is always easiest.

  Sort  When you are taking everything out you want to create sorted piles (likes with likes) i.e. short sleeves together, tanks together, shorts together, etc. This way you can see how many of each items you have because you may have 10 of the same white shirt but not realize it! ;)

Sort
When you are taking everything out you want to create sorted piles (likes with likes) i.e. short sleeves together, tanks together, shorts together, etc. This way you can see how many of each items you have because you may have 10 of the same white shirt but not realize it! ;)

  Edit  Edit your belongings. Go through every single item and decide "keep, toss, donate". Be ruthless! Try not to keep anything that you haven't worn in over a year or that is damaged - and always stay true to your style!

Edit
Edit your belongings. Go through every single item and decide "keep, toss, donate". Be ruthless! Try not to keep anything that you haven't worn in over a year or that is damaged - and always stay true to your style!

  Strategize  Now a lot of strategizing comes into play. Now that you've paired down your stuff you can now see what kind of space you need for each category. Take measurements of areas that need products to help in your organization (bins, dividers, etc.) and decide what is going to be best where, making sure it is functional for you. You want to be able to "shop your own closet", making getting ready a breeze!

Strategize
Now a lot of strategizing comes into play. Now that you've paired down your stuff you can now see what kind of space you need for each category. Take measurements of areas that need products to help in your organization (bins, dividers, etc.) and decide what is going to be best where, making sure it is functional for you. You want to be able to "shop your own closet", making getting ready a breeze!

  Implement  Streamline and implement any organizing products to help in your organization. Streamline means get rid of anything "random". I recommend to all of my clients to use  all matching huggable felt hangers , and matching bins and products wherever needed. This will create that closet look you've always dreamed of. 

Implement
Streamline and implement any organizing products to help in your organization. Streamline means get rid of anything "random". I recommend to all of my clients to use all matching huggable felt hangers, and matching bins and products wherever needed. This will create that closet look you've always dreamed of. 

  Label  Now for the fun part! Label any areas that need a label. This can be on the drawers, on shelves, on  rod dividers , etc. This is especially helpful when sharing a closet or when you have a housekeeper putting your clothes back.

Label
Now for the fun part! Label any areas that need a label. This can be on the drawers, on shelves, on rod dividers, etc. This is especially helpful when sharing a closet or when you have a housekeeper putting your clothes back.

  Enjoy & Maintain  Lastly, enjoy your new closet! Maintaining it can always be a fear but don't worry because once you get organized - it is addicting! It will simply, naturally become more of a lifestyle. Always keep a constant declutter going. If you like to bring in new pieces often, I always tell my clients to use the technique "1 in 1 out".

Enjoy & Maintain
Lastly, enjoy your new closet! Maintaining it can always be a fear but don't worry because once you get organized - it is addicting! It will simply, naturally become more of a lifestyle. Always keep a constant declutter going. If you like to bring in new pieces often, I always tell my clients to use the technique "1 in 1 out".

ALL PHOTOS COURTESY OF JAMIE HORD OF HORDERLY.

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