I’m in for a quick (and quite nerdy, if I’m honest) tip today! For the longest time, I tried keeping clothes off my floors, but one day of feeling like I had nothing to wear and many outfit changes later, I would find clothes scattered around the floor… I’d be in a rush, I couldn’t find what I was looking for… And then it seemed too daunting so it would take me ages to put it all back. It didn’t happen it all the time, but enough to really irk me.
I have been thinking about this for a while now, and I thought of my favourite writers, Gretchen Rubin. As she says, identify the problem. Was the problem not having the initiative or desire to keep my bedroom clean? No. Was the problem not maintaining it on a regular basis? Surprisingly, no.
The issue in keeping clothes off the floor was hangers.
My clothes were jammed into small closets so I couldn’t easily see what I had. I couldn’t find what I was looking for. I never had enough hangers. I had to steal from my husband (who would then later steal from my side), look around in other closets, hang two or more articles of clothing on one… It just got to be a pain.
So then I thought, what if I had a specific spot for each type of clothing, always with an available hanger? A home for each article of clothing?
Before tackling the hangers though, as a preamble, I tackled my wardrobe itself, with the KonMari method. (If you’ve never heard of it, I highly recommend it!) I went through every single piece that I owned and only kept the ones that brought me joy. That, and her folding method, literally left me with double the space:
I shared this on instagram a little while ago- this drawer used to be overflowing with clothes I couldn’t get to!
From there, I created closet dividers for each type of clothing I own. If we make do this for baby clothes based on age, why not for ourselves? Then, I added the exact number of hangers for each related piece per section. For example, say you own five skirts. In the skirt section, you would only have five hangers that would always belong there to hang each one of your skirts.
Here’s how I did it:
1. Find dividers.
You could make your own for this step, but when I found this cardboard door hangers for IKEA in the kids’ section, six for a dollar, I was sold!
I clearly didn’t want to keep the image, so I tried recovering it with scrapbooking paper.
I thought that was too much work, so I decided to opt for painting instead. I don’t know if it really saved me that much more time, but I really prefer the way they turned out nonetheless!
First I primed these out with basic white acrylic paint,
Then painted them in similar tones of blues, adding more and more light blue and white for an ombre effect.
As an added bonus, the paint made them extra durable, and it won’t peel off with use like paper could.
Once they were dry, I labeled them in a white chalkboard marker (though obviously it won’t come off because this isn’t chalkboard paint, but you could always try that too).
It was such a little change, and one that some might find more than a bit anal, but it was a perfect solution for me. I’ve had it for a few weeks now, and it is so much easier to keep my clothes in order, and to plan outfits! I just chose what to wear the night before, and hang it in front of the last divider, my tops.
Side note: I had someone ask me if each hanger belongs to a particular item of clothing. I didn’t go that far, just having enough for each item is sufficient.
It’s easy to put my work jackets away at the end of the day. I can easily find what I’m looking for. And, most importantly, my clothes are always up off the floor!
What do you think? Would you add dividers to your closet? Or too much for you?