How many times have you wished someone would come in, take charge and organize everything for you? That Mary Poppins would float in with her umbrella and carpet bag...then "Spit Spot" it's all clean! Or that you had the magic powers of Samantha in Bewitched, a little nose twitch is all it takes.
Admittedly, I have found myself wishing for organization more times than I care to count. Then I find myself on an organizing kick, going through my home like a cleaning tornado. For me, it always feels so good to have everything clean and in order.
A few months ago I read Marie Kondo's book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up; it was the inspiration I needed. I started with my house. Before long, I found myself in the closets of friends and family sharing my newfound "Joy" of organization.
My philosophy for my closet is "If I haven't worn it in the last year, it's gone!" I prefer to hang my clothes from longest to shortest and from dark to light. Velvet hangers are my favorites. They aren't terribly expensive, take up surprisingly less space that plastic hangers, your clothes won't fall into the floor, and they just look nice!
One trick that works for me is to turning my hanger backwards. Then, once I wear the item, I can turn it back the other way. By the end of the season, if that hanger hasn't been turned, get rid of the outfit! You didn't wear it.
Rachel and I both use hanging sweater organizers in our closets. They are great for stacking folded shorts, shirts, workout clothes, and even jeans. Keeping those items right at your finger tips makes finding your clothes a breeze.
Are your drawers so full of items that you really don't know what's there? Is your pantry stacked with things you can't even find?
Marie Kondo's folding method and drawer organizers help me keep things in order. To get started, take everything out, place the organizer inside, toss out things you don't use, and then put the rest of the items back in the drawer. The key here is to find a system that works for you.
You don't have to be Martha Stewart or Marie Kondo to have perfectly folded shirts! Here's my how-to video for folding shirts so they will stand up in your drawers.
Since it's not likely that Mary Poppins or Samantha are going to be stopping by anytime soon, we'll keep looking for new ways to improve our organization! Today we've shared a few of our favorite tips, but we would love to hear from you too! How have your gotten organized? What works for you? Leave us a comment below and let us know your best tips. We can't wait to learn your favorite ideas.