Are you starting to feel the tantalizing chill in the early morning? Even though the day may grow warmer, that fleeting chill gets us thinking of luscious fall colors, pumpkins and pinecones, and cinnamon-scented candles. We’re ready for cooler temperatures and embracing the beauty of the fall season!

But the glorious summer of casual living, vacations, and visiting friends and family has undoubtedly left its mark by adding layers of clutter and disorganization in your home. New clothes, mementos from trips and having too much fun to stay organized have contributed to overflowing closets. And there’s the inevitable “season-out/season-in” clothing confusion.

  • Should we get out the winter scarves and hats?
  • Don’t put away the bathing suits, we may get one more good pool day!
  • Where did you put your favorite jacket the last time you wore it?
  • If you aren’t willing to throw things out, consider renting a storage facility to keep out of season goods in.

It’s time to focus on restoring order to all your closets and bring organization back into your life.

“Tidying up” sounds easier than “organizing”

Marie Kondo has written a little book that is making a big impact: the life-changing magic of tidying up. She presents the Japanese art of decluttering and organizing, with a core principle that if something in your home no longer sparks joy, you dispose of it, only keeping what you love and what makes you happy. This goes for clothes, books, art…everything!

Tailored Living® professional designers have long assisted clients with this same idea of decluttering by evaluating and purging all areas of the home, including closets, garages and room-by-room assessments. With custom closet storage and organization solutions from Tailored Living, you’ll be able to tidy up every closet in the house and bring joyful organization to your entire family!

By following these four steps, you’ll be able to maximize closet storage for fall and minimize frustration all year long.

Four steps to an organized closet

Closet

Keep the goal in mind—a beautifully organized, functional closet

Organizing a closet can be time-consuming, so set aside a morning, afternoon or entire day without interruptions. Doing one closet at a time will make the task more manageable, and provide easy “stopping points” if other demands of life intrude. Start with your own closet and by the time you’re finished, you’ll feel like a pro and no other closet will seem intimidating.

Step One: Remove everything from the closet

Empty absolutely everything from the closet onto the bed or floor. If you have clothes in other places (seasonal storage in the garage, perhaps?) bring them into the mix so your entire wardrobe is present. You may find you have six coats scattered about the house when you really only need two or three.

Step Two: Honestly assess the contents

This is the hardest step. You want to end up with a closet that presents the wardrobe you need for fall and winter, without having to dig through a whole year’s clothing. Assess each item for fit, style and presentation and purge anything you haven’t worn in at least a year, what no longer fits, or is worn out.

  • Start a “throw-away” pile for worn-out items, a pile for what to keep, and have a (big) donation box for items to recycle to a favorite charity or thrift store.
  • Assess every item of clothing and accessory for throw away, keep or donate.
  • Go through the “keep” pile and set aside anything that needs repair, alteration or dry cleaning.

Step Three: Fill your closet only with clothes that fit and are ready to wear

Women's Closet

Getting dressed is painless when everything in the closet fits and is easy to find

Everything in your closet should be a valuable contributor to your wardrobe, meaning it should flatter and fit. No more trying on 15 ensembles to find one that works! Keep your fall wardrobe front-and-center with off-season items out of the way.

  • With a walk-in closet you may have room to place the spring and summer clothes that survived the purge to the back of the closet.
  • In a smaller, reach-in closet, off-season clothes can be stored in boxes or bins on high shelves, or elsewhere, like the top shelf of a linen closet.
  • Make sure each piece is clean and any hems repaired or buttons replaced before placing it back in the closet or into storage boxes (with scented dryer sheets or sachets for safe keeping).

After the pain of purging, reward yourself with a new black silk blouse or camel cashmere sweater that will rock your fall wardrobe!

Step Four: Install a custom closet organization system to maximize space and functionality

Now that your wardrobe is pared down, installing a closet organization system with custom closet accessories will maximize every inch of closet space and make wardrobe maintenance a breeze! You’ll be able to effortlessly change out your wardrobe with the changing seasons.

Here are some tips for making your closet work for you:

  • Place your favorite, most often worn items in front.
  • Group business or work clothes together.
  • Store evening or special event outfits in protective garment bags in the back of the closet.
  • Use lined jewelry drawers, belt racks and decorative hooks to protect your accessories.
  • Display shoes on shoe racks or in shoe bags so you can see them.

Tailored Living’s professional designers can help you design the perfect closet with a custom system of cabinets, shelves, tiered hanging rods and dozens of closet accessories to personalize your closet. Our wide range of styles and finishes can match your existing décor so your new closet won’t look like an add-on.

Tailored Living also offers custom storage solutions for garages, entry ways, home offices, laundry rooms, pantries and more. If you’re ready to get organized for fall, call 866-641-8958 (US) or 866-973-8221 (CAN) today to schedule a free, in-home consultation or go online to www.tailoredliving.com to find a designer near you. Check out the image galleries online to see just how beautiful organization can be! Sign up for our free eNewsletter to receive special promotions and offers, and to stay on top of the latest trends in home organization.