Well the dirty deed is done. Ha! Well, it’s 99% done anyhow. Do you ever really finish a job like this? But I’ve definitely done the bulk of transitioning my closet from summer to fall. So today I’m sharing how I’ve organized my fall wardrobe. Let’s get going!
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In Monday’s post I detailed how I go about changing out my wardrobe between the warmer and cooler seasons. As I mentioned there, I took those photos on Sunday, but saved most of the real work for Tuesday. Now that the job is mostly done I’m ready to share behind the scenes…deep into the recesses of my personal closet. Ha!
Honestly, I never would have done this in my last house. Even though I actually had a closet almost this large to myself there, it still felt more cramped. But because “how do you organize your closet/wardrobe?” is one of the questions I get asked most frequently, I’m going for it today. You asked, and I’m delivering!
James and I share this closet, so it’s really our closet. But my husband has graciously given me most of the shelf space in the closet. All of my hanging clothes are along one wall in a single layer.
As I mentioned in Monday’s post, I changed out my hangers this go-around from clear plastic hangers to these non-slip velvet hangers. I’ve heard from many of you that you use and enjoy these velvet hangers. I do find them a little trickier to maneuver, but I think I will appreciate the non-slip quality. And they’re definitely lightweight and take up a little less room in my closet.
- I used the premium velvet shirt hangers for tees, tanks and shirts (package of 50)
- I used the premium velvet skirt hangers for pants, jeans, skirts and a suit (package of 20)
- and I used the premium velvet suit hangers for jackets, dresses and heavier tops (package of 50).
I’m going to have to order more of the premium velvet skirt hangers because I’m definitely short a few.
When I organize my closet I always try to think about what I need to access the most often. I’ll be reaching for tees and shirts and jeans from the hanging rack the most. So those items are centrally located.
From the door of the closet to the back of my hanging rack, the garments are organized in the following order:
- short sleeve tees (grouped in colors)
- 3/4 sleeve tees
- long sleeve tees
- other tops
- sleeveless blouses
- short sleeve button shirts or blouses
- long sleeve shirts and blouses (casual to dressy)
- black suit
- jeans (blue separated from black; in alphabetical order by brand)
- other pants (casual to dressier)
If you caught in the list above that I organize my jeans by color and then in alphabetical order by brand, you might think I’m a little cuckoo. Hahaha! I get it. But because of my job here I have over 30 pairs of jeans. I don’t have them all in this closet. These are my favorites that I plan to wear the most often and for real life. But I try to keep a pair of jeans on hand in all my favorite brands so that I can wear different pairs in blog posts. So I have a lot of them.
That said, when I need to locate a pair of jeans, the easiest way for me to do that is to have them in alphabetical order. After all, wardrobe organization is all about what works for you. A closet should be organized so that you can easily see what you have to work with and be able to grab what you know you have.
Across from my hanging rack I have a series of shelves. I think I’m going to have James help me move these around a bit. But for now, this is what I had to work with. On the floor and bottom shelves I have some shoes and my current workout attire (I wear the same workout clothes several times before washing) and current pajamas (I also wear these several nights).
Then I have a shelf with the sweaters I’m wearing most right now, which happen to be mostly vests. I actually have some cotton sweaters on there, too. But I took this photo right before adding them and forgot to take another. They’re just cotton sweaters I purchased in the spring. You can get a glimpse of my belt rack (similar and another option) to the left there. It just hangs on a shelf.
Further up the wall I have stacks of more sweaters. The higher you go, the heavier those sweaters are, so I’m not wearing them yet. To get them to stack evenly, I simply folded every other sweater the opposite way. We’ll see how long that lasts!
And then there are more shelves with sweaters to the right. Below, the bottom shelf contains my cardigans. I’ve always hung these before, but I had more room on the hanging rack then. So I think this is my best option now. I think it’s going to be a bit of a pain, but we’ll see. I do like to take good care of my clothes, so I don’t mind doing what I need to in order to keep them neat, tidy and well-maintained.
That top rack has my sweatshirts and a container for scarves and other accessories.
I have some shelving units for shoes on both sides. I don’t have all my fall and winter shoes out of storage yet. And a few of these that I do have out will undoubtedly get packed away as the weather becomes consistently cooler.
I think a person’s closet is a highly individual thing. Most of us have to work with what we get. When we bought this house at the beginning of the year we knew that one of our least favorite features is the master suite. The bedroom is okay, but it’s not the largest we’ve ever had for sure. But the closet is inside the bathroom and not very spacious for two. However we’re making it work.
Please don’t think that my closet will continue to look this neat from here on out. Like most of you, I have days when I fail to hang things up correctly…or at all! But I do manage to keep it pretty organized even if it gets a little crowded. And it will probably get a little crowded as I add more winter clothing. I’ll be taking out some of the lighter weight things in time, but those fleece lined pants and other winter garments will surely take up more room.
The first argument James and I had as a married couple was about my dresser. It wasn’t this particular dresser, but the one I moved into our first apartment with. (It’s actually in our guest room now.) As we started moving into our first bedroom he began putting some of his things in my dresser. What?!? Neither of us could understand why we were arguing about this. He assumed we would both share the dresser and the chest of drawers. I assumed I would use the dresser and he would have the chest of drawers to himself.
It turned out that my parents had (and do) used the dresser and chest of drawers one way (his and hers) and his parents had (and do) used their dresser and chest of drawers jointly. We ended up laughing about this little misunderstanding, realizing that we would need to take each other’s frame of reference into account in things like this as we adjusted to married life.
Yeah, we laughed and then I put my things in my dresser and he put his in the chest of drawers. And that’s how that goes. Ha!
I’ve rolled all of those things and even used one little container to hold the camisoles. I have a little satchet and wrapped soap in the drawer to keep things smelling nice.
The next top drawer is where I keep my undies. I’ve folded my panties into little bundles and doubled over my bras. I’m able to fit a lot of undies in this little drawer that way.
In the next drawer I have various old jewelry, cards from my kids, handkerchiefs, etc. Nothing to see there!
I’m not showing my two sleepwear drawers because I haven’t changed them out yet. And my sock drawers are nothing special. But I am keeping all of my workout wear and extra t-shirts and loungewear in dresser drawers, too. Here are the tops.
Again, I’ve folded the tees and tanks over and then rolled them. They fit much neater in the drawer this way, and I can see what I’m looking for more easily. I have tanks in the front, short sleeve tees on one side and long sleeve tees on the other. You’re only seeing the top layer.
And below the tops I have my bottoms. These are workout shorts, capri leggings and full length leggings, as well as a couple of pair of joggers. I’ve rolled these, too. The shorter ones are in one area and the longer ones are in the back…for now. I do have some hiking shorts and pants folded in there. Again, you’re only seeing the top layer.
Well, that’s that! I’m no expert at this. And I’m sure there are things I could do more efficiently or tidy. But this is what works for me. For now. Honestly, these systems are always evolving for me.
I hope today’s post was of some help. If nothing else, I think we gals enjoy getting a peek into the inner sanctums of each other’s lives every now and again. I totally get that. I’m not one to poke and pry, but if you offer me a tour of your home I take it!
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Our conscience is not to be our guide. Why? Because our conscience can be faulty. Depending on whether we’ve been walking closely with God or have walked away from Him, our conscience may be aligned with the Holy Spirit or we may have quenched the spirit and seared our conscience. So instead of listening to our conscience we should listen to the gentle voice of the Holy Spirit, checking those quiet instructions against the counsel of God’s written Word.
But while we should not depend upon our conscience to guide us, we do need to understand that it is an indicator of our spiritual health. If we have a clear conscience, first toward God and then toward other people, we can conduct our lives with the confidence that comes with walking obediently to Him. To keep a clear conscience we must live obedient, transparent lives.
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