Organize like the pros: The best tips for your closet

Does your closet sometimes smell a little musty, is it overcrowded or could use some inner beauty? Then the following tips are just right for you!

Sorting is half the battle

The first step to a tidy closet is always sorting. Because let's face it, most of us probably own too many clothes. So first, find out all the items of clothing that you no longer wear, for example because they are damaged, don't fit you, or you simply don't like them anymore.

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Having trouble saying goodbye to your clothes? Realize how long you haven't worn some clothes. There are several possibilities for that:

1. The next time you organize your closet, hang the hangers in the opposite direction you would normally hang them. While hanging back the garment you are wearing, turn the hanger. If the hanger has not changed its position after six months, this is a sign that you have not worn this item at all and can sort it out.

2. If you want to do a little tinkering, hang pretty ribbons on the hangers with the last used date written on them instead.

3. With your folded clothes, place a sheet of paper with the current date on top of the stack as you sort. What you find underneath after half a year, you will probably no longer wear in the future.

Have you already sorted out a few items of clothing? Very good, but don't just throw them away - you should sell, give away or donate undamaged clothing.
The average German buys a total of 60 items of clothing every year! So that after the next season and a few shopping trips it isn't as crammed as it was at the beginning, you can stick to the following rule: Every time a new piece of clothing moves into your closet, an old one takes off.

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A wardrobe straight out of a picture book

Is it particularly important to you that your closet is not only tidy, but also looks appealing from the inside? Then sort your clothes by colour: for example, hang them up in a gradient from light to dark or stack clothes of a similar color on top of each other. If you use storage boxes in your closet, choose them in a single color that you like. Your hangers should also all look the same so that the interior of your wardrobe looks as harmonious as possible.

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Use a seasonal wardrobe

In order to create as much space as possible in your closet, you should only keep what you really need in it. Is the weather getting warmer outside? Then sort out your winter clothes and store them under the bed, in the basement or in the attic. It is best to use transparent storage boxes for this so that you know later what you are storing in them. Alternatively or additionally, you can label the boxes

Keep the overview

Have you already stowed away all the clothes you don't need right now in boxes? Maybe then you will encounter this problem: At the beginning of the next season you unpack your clothes from the boxes and realize that you have yet again bought a new gray knitted sweater, although you already have three similar ones.
To avoid forgetting what you already have at home, you should document the contents of the storage boxes precisely. The best way to do this is to take photos when packing the boxes, write down exactly what's in them, or use the AppmyBox app. This smartphone application allows you to register the boxes and to match the clothes to them in the form of photos.

Use drawers and roll your clothes

Your closet doesn't have to consist of just hangers and shelves. Drawer storage has many benefits, provided you use the optimal organizational system.
First divide your drawers with matching baskets or boxes. To maximize compartment space and make everything easy to see, roll up your socks, tights, underwear, and belt. Drawer dividers not only help with order, but also show you at first glance when you have to do laundry again.
You can also use the rolling technique very well with t-shirts, pajamas, cotton shirts, leggings and polyester shorts because these are usually thin and flexible. This technique is very space-saving if used correctly. Instead of folding and stacking your softer, thinner garments, you simply fold them in half and roll them into neat little tubes. Rolled up, you can then put them in storage boxes.
A wardrobe is a place where many small things can also be stored: jewelry, belts, scarves, ties and much more. Adhesive hooks that are attached to the inside of the closet door or to an empty wall are best suited for storing small items and jewelry.

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Bestellung in Schubladen

Fragrant wardrobe - With your old socks

Maybe you know it too: You don't wear some items of clothing for a long time and the whole wardrobe starts to smell. So, from time to time, also wash the clothes that you haven't worn for a long time. Open the doors from time to time and let the closet air out for a few minutes. Since your closet also collects dust, you should also wipe down the shelves.
There is a little trick you can use to keep your closet smelling fresh. All you need is an old sock, 2 to 3 tea bags, essential oil and a ribbon. Put the tea bags in the sock, add a few drops of the fragrant oil and tie the sock up with the ribbon - you can make an air freshener for your closet quickly and cheaply.
These tips are not enough for you and you need instructions on how to organize your closet step by step? You can find our detailed 8-step plan here.

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