No two closets are organized in the same way. Even closets that have identical fancy organizing systems installed are going to be used by different people with different needs and different ideas of what should go where and why. And as someone who has tried many different ways of keeping my own wardrobe in order, I’ve realized that just about every tip for making your closet more functional has pros and cons. Don’t believe me? FINE! I’ll prove it.
Keeping everything visible
- Forces you to see the depth of your wardrobe
- Allows for spontaneous inspiration (colors, patterns you otherwise wouldn’t have thought to combine)
- Can help prevent accidental acquisition of doubles, triples, etc.
- In the case of decorative options (using your hats as wall decoration, etc.), can warm up your rooms and add personality
- Exposed items may fade or gather dust
- Requires an enormous amount of space
- Can be overwhelming if you attempt to process the breadth of your choices on a daily basis
Storing off-season items
- Frees up closet space
- Protects items from damage (as in wool that gets stored in moth-proof containers)
- Forces a seasonal re-evaluation of what is worth storing and what should get donated
- Can enable accidental acquisition of doubles, triples, etc. (Items are often still in storage when the SHOPS begin showing us coming-season items.)
- Requires extra space/storage
- Allows you to stash items that should probably be donated
Sorting by color
- Makes it easy to find items if you have a color scheme in mind.
- Is visually pleasing. Really. Just ask your local Goodwill.
- Helps you easily identify wardrobe holes. If you keep reaching for a gray cardigan that isn’t there, you can bet that buying one will be a good use of your cash.
- May prevent seeing unusual color combinations
- Allows you to gravitate toward your favorite or dominant colors, and skip over the rest
- Can make all items in a color range blur together
Sorting by frequency of use
- Keeps your most useful and best items front and center
- Helps in quick outfit assembly, since your guaranteed winners are close at hand
- Can aid in culling, as items that drift to the back and never get pulled out eventually seem like natural additions to the donation pile
- Creates closet orphans by hiding more challenging items from view
- May cause beloved items to wear out faster since they’re getting top billing at all times
- Discourages mixing well-loved items with hard-to-style ones
And so on. Just goes to prove that what feels perfect for one closet will be irritating or impractical for another.
How do you organize your wardrobe? Do you store off-season stuff? Try to keep everything visible? Are there any methods you use and love, but also see some disadvantages to utilizing?
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