1.05.2012

New Year, New You: Closet Organization Essentials

You know the drill: January 1st rolls around and you just know THIS is the year you're gonna organize everything. January 2nd comes and you're really gonna DO THIS! Maybe this weekend? No, you have that other thing you have to do. "Maybe" quickly becomes "never" and then "next year, definitely!"

No more excuses! This is a New Year, and a New You! And YOU can finally get that closet organized. We're gonna do it in small steps, starting with the organization essentials. We're going to turn that tiny closet of yours into an oasis! Ok, maybe not an oasis, but a glamorous organized closet!
PS: If you're already the master of organization, send this to someone who needs a *subtle* hint. Enjoy!

The first tool in your organization kit is the essential hanger! I absolutely swear by velvet hangers, such as these Huggable Hangers. I love these because nothing, and I mean nothing, falls off of these. I've tried flimsy camisoles, boat neck shirts, and heavy jackets on these velvet hangers and they all stay on. They save space in your closet too! Get ready to donate all of those old hangers, because you'll love these. I think I paid around $50 for 50 hangers. There are other brands that make these too and they often go on sale.


Next, you'll need a brand new mirror so you can preview outfits. Forget that $10 one who used in college. It's time for an upgrade! Remember we're trying to make that closet glamorous! The one I love is this 4-Way Mirror from Joy Mangano. (Edit: Just noticed all of the products I'm sharing today are made by her but were purchased by me over the years. I'm just obsessed with her stuff! But back to the mirror!) It reminds me of a dressing room mirror and shows your full-length. Finally, you can see what you look like at all angles. It fits right over the door--no tools needed--and easily folds in too. Mine was around $100, but other brands cost three times as much.


The last tool in your kit is for any of us who hate ironing, have a short attention span, or like to sleep in. May I present: The Steamer. In my closet I have the My Little Steamer. There are other sizes available, but I like the small model and use it for travel too. I comes in a bag and takes up so little room! Just add water and plug it in. Within 30 seconds, you'll be ready to steam those wrinkles away. I paid around $20 for mine, but there are different sizes/options that go up to $50. The steamer is quicker than ironing or using wrinkle release spray. And it's available in different colors. I own the lavender one pictured above.

Next week we'll tackle how to organize your closet/drawers!

63 comments:

  1. I need to better organise my wardrobe this January too;-)

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  2. I would love to organize my closet! You should've seen me last night digging through tubs and drawers to find something. Maybe that'll be my goal for this year!

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  3. That steamer sounds really great, I so need one of those...I actually just finished a massive closet reorg and the end product is fantastic!

    Courtney ~ http://sartorialsidelines.com

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  4. As the organizing queen, I love this post!!! I need a good steamer :)

    As for the 4 way mirror...Idk bout that one. I'm afraid of what I look like at all angles. hahaha

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  5. If you come over and help me organize my closet...girl, I will love you forever!! Seriously.

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  6. I need new hangers because I hate when shirts get stretched in the shoulders by them and they poke out when you wear them. It's so annoying!

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  7. new year, another day ;-)

    http://raisedbythewolves.blogspot.com/
    x

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  8. Thank you for the reminder...I need a steamer! I hate ironining and steamer will do me some good :)

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  9. Haha I don't even kid myself about getting organized in the New Year anymore. Luckily my stuff isn't as bad as it used to be though, although that mirror would be a really awesome addition!

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  10. i'm totally avoiding organizing my closet at the moment!

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  11. Amazing finds! I might just get that steamer in pink :)

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  12. I LOVE Huggable Hangers. My grandma got them for me about five years ago (before you could find them at Target) and I’m still using them!

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  13. I love huggable hangers! I use them for almost all of my clothing. I don't have a nice mirror so that's certainly something I could use.

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  14. YES! I need a steamer. Thanks for the reminder.
    :) kb

    http://redcarpetcloset.tv/

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  15. I could totally go for a three way mirror! Maybe I'll convince M that we need one in our guest bedroom lol

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  16. These are great tips!

    So here are some music suggestions! All last year was spent listening to:
    The Queen Killing Kings
    Smoke Signals (same guys, different band)
    100 Monkeys (my fav!)
    The Alternates!

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  17. I love those hangers!

    xoxo navy & orange

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  18. Great tips, Elle! I so need to get those huggable hangers. I've heard about them but now I'll definitely get them with an endorsement from u :) xoxo

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  19. i need to organise my clothes better :x

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  20. Love your blog! My resolution this year was to get organized, and the closet is a perfect place to start! I have to have that steamer

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  21. I swear by huggable hangers! My closet is so small that I need to use them! definitely a life saver!

    xo Jackie
    ...livingaftermidnite

    PS I saw your comment on my mark. post! You should def consider becoming a mark. rep instead of buying from me! 30% discount & commission on everything you sell ((win/win)) Let me know if you're interested! Your blog is so great I know you would get some awesome sales from it! jacquelyngiardina@yahoo.com

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  22. I love nothing more than a well-organized closet. Sometimes I do it so well and sometimes it looks like a tornado came through. :)

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  23. I need that mini steamer. Stat.

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  24. It is so lame to say but Huggable Hangers have changed my life. I used to be all about wooden ones (so pretty) but converting over literally doubled my closet space. Amazing!

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  25. Nice articles. I'm just blogwalking and very happy to stop here. And also give you some comment here.

    Dont forget to give us some your comment into my blog too.

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  26. My Mom got me two batches of the Huggable Hangers for my Birthday(thank you HSN for your Joy Mangano specials) and they are amazing - just amazing! So much saved space. I have her steamer too, but haven't used it yet. I need to!

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  27. Great post! I think I NEED that mirror!

    http://www.theprettyfactor.blogspot.com

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  28. Oh my gosh...thank You! I need to be inspired to do this!

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  29. I'm tackling my wardrobe this weekend! Great post, love that mirror!

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  30. It's almost like non-stop closet organizing for 365 days for me here. I absolutely love the velvet hanger, and yes! we all need steamer! I use Rowenta and it's one of the best purchases I made. xoxo
    http://hellofridaybypaik.blogspot.com/

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  31. That steamer sounds awesome! While most people make a resolution to get more organized, my goal is to actually be more relaxed and less OCD about my constant need to organize anything and everything in my house. LOL.

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  32. My wardrobe is completely organized, but the point is that I miss that super cute steamer!:)
    kisses
    Jelena
    glamfabchameleon.blogspot.com

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  33. These are some brilliant tips, huggable hangers sound great. You have now tempted me to get a 4-way mirror, although i don't know where I will put it yet

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  34. I need a steamer soooo bad! I may add this to my bridal registry. Thanks for the reminder!!

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  35. I'm feel like I'm constantly cleaning out my closet. My steamer is a lifesaver since I refuse to iron.

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  36. i want all of them!!!! i really need that at home :)
    xoxo, Haus of Gala

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  37. I love velvet hangers and your blog :). I've started a new blog on men, love and relationships and would love if you visited to share your insights on these topics.

    Kim
    www.dishanddate.com

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  38. Man, my closet is a MESS. I'm not an organized closet kind of gal but I wish I could be!

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  39. thanks for the tips! I'm reorganizing my closet at school and will need these!

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  40. Elle, these are some great tips! I just got a portable steamer this summer before traveling and it was a life saver, especially since my clothes stayed in my suitcase a week longer than I had planned! :P But I've used it quite a bit even at home, it's so much quicker than ironing.

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  41. i found my velvet hangers at bed, bath, and beyond - they were real simple brand i think. so you can use a 20% off coupon.

    http://lachapstickfanatique.blogspot.com

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  42. wow, great to know about all this! I just hope a big pile of clothes doesn't fall on me every time i open the closet!

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  43. I wish my closet were big enough for a mirror like that--I'd never leave! I love those hangers--I have a different brand but it's amazing how much less space they take up!

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  44. i have been looking for a mirror like this for YEARS! Thanks for posting as reasonably priced one.

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  45. I love that 4 way mirror. Great advice Elle!

    http://averysweetblog.com/

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  46. Great tips, Elle:) I need those hangers now!

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  47. A three-way mirror is TOTALLY vital. I desperately need to get one for my room!
    xo Josie
    www.winksmilestyle.com

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  48. Those are all such great tips! Love that 3 way mirror. I'm definitely still using the $10 college mirror :(

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  49. I love organizing. And with an apt that is only 490 Square feet, it's essential. I have been meaning to get those huggable hangers. Are they thin hangers? My hangers now are the wooden ones from Ikea and they take up too much space.

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  50. wonderful tips here! I am moving in less than a month so I'm going to certainly be doing this with my closet and it's SO needed. And yes, velvet closets are THE best.

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  51. Awesome tips, I can't wait for the drawers section! I need help.

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  52. I so agree with these tips. I swear by hugable hangers (and the like) and I have the most flattering full length mirror in the world. Seriously, it is like Photoshop. I should take all of my pictures in front of it.

    *Erin

    P.S. I have seen the zombie shootout place. It gives me state envy:)

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  53. i keep telling myself i need a steamer but i never get around to getting one! and i am soooo looking forward to your next post, girl :) this one is great!

    love, jamie
    @jamielechic

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  54. I definitely need a little steamer!

    Leia

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  55. Ahhh! Already found a dress I completely want on there! Of course it's not on the clearance rack. But I really love the customization option. I can pick where it falls on my legs. Fantastic. Hope you had a great time at the theater!

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  56. Sorry...right comment...wrong post! Got too excited.

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  57. I keep saying I'm going to buy all one kind of hanger, but I feel bad for all the hangers I'll get rid of.

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  58. I really need to get my closet together and organized!!

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