Clutter is human, but to organize as well. If it is in the shortest possible time, then even better. So we talk to four professionals in the organization and we have 8 tips that will change the way you see your closet. After them, you’ll be prepared to put an end to that messy drawer.
- Evaluate what you have
The first step is to take a few minutes to take a good look at the closet.”It is very important to make an evaluation of all the items-donate or discard what is no longer used or what does not make you happier,” explains personal organizer Rafaela Oliveira of the blog Organize Sem Frescuras. To make a test with more time and to know what clothes you really use, the personal organizer Andrea Caetano gives the tip: turn the hooks of all the hangers out and go returning the clothes that you use with the hook inside. After a few months you will know which items should be donated.
- Prioritize clothing according to use
“The one who uses the most goes up and, the one that uses the least, in the lower drawers. The ideal is that all the underwear, which are things that we use more, stay in the first drawers,”says personal organizer Juliana Faria. In this way, you will have parts you use most often at your fingertips, which saves time when looking for some item and makes your life easier.
- Attention to the way of folding
There are some important tips on how to fold clothes in the closet. The first is to fold clothes of the same size for better viewing. For this, boards can be used: in addition to assisting when folding, they guarantee equal size. The next step is to stack the cascade-style pieces with a two-finger space into the previous one-the technique helps you recognize items and mess up less during a search. Undergarments, for example, receive some special care:”You can not make the ball in the stocking, just roll or fold normally,” says the specialist in home and personal organization, consultant and speaker Ingrid Lisboa, Home Organizer website. For Juliana Faria, the bras deserve attention:”The cool with bra with bulge and rim is always leave open. If you do not have room in your drawer to let it front, you can suddenly put it aside as well,”he says.
- Organizing colors and prints
The advantage of separating by colors or prints is that”there is a harmony and facilitate the search”, says Rafaela Oliveira. But it’s not for all cabinets and drawers:”The visual aspect will only work if you have too much. T-shirt, for example, we divide by manga, and then by color-that is, first by type. When the person does not have a large quantity of that particular piece, the ideal is to include in the division of types. For example, if a person only has two or three polo shirts, it is better to wear short-sleeved shirts,”explains Ingrid Lisboa. The same goes for prints. If you have many stamped parts, separate them all into a single group, which can also be divided into types first. If not, the best thing is to get the color that comes closest to representing the print and include the pieces there.
- Vertical or horizontal? Is it good to use partitions?
The color rule also works here.”For those who have many T-shirts, it’s worth organizing them vertically, because that way you get a lot more space. One tip that helps a lot are the drawers partitions. They separate the categories and leave the drawer organized, practical and easy to keep everything order,”says Rafaela Oliveira. Juliana Faria’s tip is for smaller items such as underwear, belts and scarves.”There are some accessories called a beehive. With them we can make a good organization and can see all the pieces,”he says. An alternative is to set up a partition at home. The attachment may be made of paper-coated pressed styrofoam shell on both sides, which must be trimmed with stylet and assembled, as required, with glue.
Drawer x Hanger
In doubt of what to keep in the drawer and what to keep on the hanger? In the drawers, keep T-shirts, tank tops, wool and cord sweaters, underwear, pajamas, T-shirts, gym clothes, scarves, and scarves. It often depends on the fabric and the availability of space. Accessories, like scarves and scarves, go well in drawers, but they can hang too.”We do not usually keep jeans, jackets, wool knit and lace clothes in drawers. But if you have to keep it, ideally keep a distance of 3 centimeters from the fold to avoid damage when opening the drawer. Think like this: does your clothes stretch or knead when hung? If so, fold”, explains Ingrid Lisboa. Already shirts, thinner blouses, coats, jeans and blazer are better distributed on the hangers.
- Used and least used clothing
Often pieces that we do not use so often(but we will not donate either, see item 1), end up occupying the space of pieces that we use more or that are more in season. When this happens,”you can organize the less-used clothes into fabric covers to protect them from dust and mold. To get more space, keep the clothes off the station at the bottom of the shelves and make the change when changing the season,”says Rafaela Oliveira. The rule holds true for most clothes. Leather items, for example, do not fall into the category, since it is best that they not be folded.
- Taken, save in place
“The cabinets are reflections of our habits,” observes Ingrid Lisboa.”Keeping it is easier than putting it in order. The first four to six weeks after the organization is when we adapt to space, are the most challenging and therefore gives more work. After that it gets easier,”he says.”Another very important tip is ‘taken, put away’. This simple habit makes a lot of difference in the organization”, adds Rafaela Oliveira.
In the end,”there is no technique or form of folding that works for everyone, because we are all very different. The most important thing is to stay practical, functional, and with good visualization. All accessories, organizers and folding types have to meet these three aspects, so they can be used. Aesthetics is the last aspect”, concludes Ingrid Lisboa. So look, try and see what works best for you in the current space available. What really matters is to leave everything in order! Enjoy and learn how to make a flavoring sachet for the drawers.