– Before diving right into organizing your closet, it’s important to have the right mindset.
– Can you set aside time to see this project through to completion?
Warning: If you think this is a 2 hour project then double it to allow plenty of time.
– What’s your style now? Think about your style now as opposed to 5 years ago (or when you used to work/stay home, etc.)
– Set aside time to really think about the clothing style you are wearing/or want to wear. Look through magazines or browse online to identify the style that appeals if you need to.
– Identify the 3 main colors for your wardrobe? Knowing this will help you in the purge- and-sort phase of closet organization.
2. Purge and Sort
This is the most daunting part of organizing your closet. Don’t worry, here are a few tips:
Being a woman, I just can’t talk about clothes closet organization without starting with the shoes first! LOL!
Here’s a great product if you are a flip flop girl like me. I prefer my flip flops to slippers and, living in California, I wear them practically all year round.
Introducing the Flip Flop File– and it’s a file system you’ll love – I promise! It hangs on a closet rod and has room to hold 18 pair of your fav flip flops. I even store my Lindsay Phillips Switchflops accessories in one pocket!
This shoe holder has clear pockets so you can see all of your flip flops. I used to keep my flip flops in a basket and would have to rummage through them to find the right color and then of course the mate! Quite unorganized, don’t ya think? Now, I don’t even have to bend down to get to them and they always have a mate right there!
This Flip Flop File organizer could also be used for hats, gloves, fanny packs and other clothing accessories, even bathing suits. You could use it as a shoe organizer in a young child’s closet too. Outside of your closet you could use it in your craft room to hold skeins of yarn. If you are a grandma, you could have one in the guest room closet holding those special books you read when the grandkids come to visit. Let your imagine run wild, use the Flip Flop File for other things that you want to keep organized but still visibly see the contents!
Disclaimer: Some links take my other website to purchase the Flip Flop File. 🙂
For this week’s Tool Tuesday I thought I would showcase an awesome gift for your Valentine. It’s the perfect trio-of-organization for that special someone’s vehicle!
Neat Seat Organizer ($17) – Features 5 roomy pockets, hangs from passenger seat head rest and swings from front to back of the car
No-Leak Litter Bag ($17) – Also attaches to headrest. Has a leakproof base.
Car Pocket ($9) – This handy pocket attaches to the car’s air vent and is perfect to store your phone, glasses, etc.
The entire trio is available in pink or brown.
Pair them with car wash gift certificates or an oil change and give your Valentine a practical gift! To see these products up close and to order online, visit www.CleverContainer.com/natalie.
A “sweet” Valentine gift for someone you love! … Or … maybe for you!?
1. Be Safe –Regardless of how you travel, make sure someone else has your itinerary and telephone numbers so they can reach you in an event of an emergency.
By car- make sure your car is road worthy. Simple things like checking the fluids, tire pressure, and wiper blades can prevent bothersome road side stops. Fill up the tank before you go and refill it when the tank reads less than half full.
By plane/train/bus – keep your valuables on your person rather than in a carry-on or purse. Always have a change of clothing and a toothbrush in your carry-on for unexpected layovers and delays.
2. Pack Light
- Dress in layers and pack clothing that will mix and match. Use packing cubes inside your luggage to keep things neat and accessible. Only bring one extra pair of shoes. Be sure to leave room in your luggage to bring things home with you.
3. Ship Ahead
If you have gifts and things for people you will visit while traveling, ship them out the week before you arrive. It’s less hassle for you at the airport and less to carry. The Post Office’s flat rate boxes are a very economical way to go.
4. Bring Entertainment
If you have kids – pack a small backpack for each of them with quiet activities they can do. Carry a small surprise for them in your carry-on to reward their good behavior.
For the adults – bring something small to occupy your time during your trip. There are always layovers and unexpected delays. An e-reader or good book and a deck of cards can go a long way with helping pass the time.
Have a Safe & Enjoyable Holiday Trip!
The packing cubes are available on my Clever Container website under “travel”.