A perk of having all of this extra time on my hands is that I am finally able to tackle some projects that have been on the back burner. One of which was to organize my closet.
I am an organized person by nature but sometimes laziness gets in the way of my organizational dreams so the best thing for me is to have a system in place and to stick with it.
Let’s start by taking a look as what I did to organize my running gear.
Technically this is not part of my closet but some of my running gear lives in the drawers of my nightstand. This drawer holds a lot of little things and because of which it tends to get pretty messy. I utilized a basket that I already had on hand to hold my iPod, Garmin, charges, sunglasses etc. On the other side of the drawer I used a section of an interlocking drawer organizer kit to hold all of my gels and running fuel. I think it looks great now! (Let’s hope it stays that way.)
All of my running and workout clothes are inside of my closet. In fact, my closet is divided into three sections: running clothes, dressy clothes and casual clothes. I’m OCD like that.
There wasn’t much I needed to do in terms of organizing my running clothes. I did go through all of them and I got rid of some items that I no longer wear. Any shirts that I no longer use have been put aside with the hopes that I will have a quilt made from them.
To save a little bit of space in the running section of my closet, I purchased some four tier skirt hangers to hang my running skirts. One hanger holds four skirts versus having each skirt on a separate hanger!
I also utilized a shoe container to hold all of my fun knee-high running socks. I got the idea to roll them from this book and I think that tactic is great because I can see all of them easily as opposed to when I had them in a pile.
Dressy and Casual Clothes
Just like with my running clothes, I went through all of my dressy and casual clothes and packed up the items that I no longer wear to be donated. I also purchased a couple more four tier skirt hangers and four tier pants hangers to save even more room in my closet.
I already have a great jewelry organizer that I purchased off of Etsy several years ago. It holds all of my earrings, bracelets, necklaces and rings. Oh and my Stitch Fix style cards! I love it and I still have room to grow.
I added a couple of basic hooks in my closet to hold my scarves, hats and large bags. And I purchased a tie hanger to organize and hold my belts.
I thought outside of the box a little bit when it came to organizing my smaller bags, clutches and wallets. I actually purchased a few office supply type items and repurposed them for my organizing needs.
I used a small document sorter to hold my wallets and smaller clutches and I used an adjustable file organizer to hold my larger clutches and bags. I think it worked out well and I love that I can remove one bag or wallet without disturbing the others.
Speaking of handbags, I am trying to get better at emptying out my purse at the end of the day and storing my purse so it can “rest” ….. another idea I got from this book. I purchased a small decorative bin from Target that I put on a shelf in my bedroom to hold my purse contents. I am still working on doing this consistently but I like the idea of it anyways.
Lastly, my shoes have found a new home under my bed. I’ve had these clear shoe holders for quite some time but I used to keep them and my shoes in the back of my closet. Despite the containers being clear, it was still hard to see what was in each container. Having them under the bed makes them much more accessible and I can easily see what is in each box. I’ve been tempted for a while to take pictures of my shoes and then put the pictures on the outside of the containers. And while that isn’t necessary now that I can see easily inside the shoe containers, I am still tempted to do it.
Have you been doing any Spring cleaning / organizing lately?
What tips or creative organizing ideas do you have?