Welcome to my fourth closet challenge post. If you missed the first 3 posts, please feel free to visit the links below:
Today is all about how I store my tops. Just like my shoes, I have a few different ways I store my tops. I have them in four different categories:
- tank tops
- casual & dressy
I learned back in college that you are not supposed to hang sweaters. Why? Because it distorts the shape of the garment. Plus, it could leave those nice hanger marks on the shoulders of the top. I am definitely guilty of seeing those in the past. So, now, all of my sweaters get folded.
I do not have the extra shelving in my closet to fold and place my sweaters, so I had to get creative. I went to Lowe’s and purchased two 3-tier wire racks for $19.98 each. I am a HUGE fan of these racks. I think I have 7 or 8 floating around my house.
Let me state that I do not have a large closet area to work with, so I had to really think outside of the box to get everything in there and organized. I can say, I have used every once of closet space. So, I am pretty proud of myself!
My sweaters are folded together based on color… Black sweaters together, red sweaters together, etc. And, they lay darkest the lightest.
If you have ever stopped and thought about it, sweatshirts take up a lot of space. Or, mine do at least. A few of my sweatershirts get hung on hangers, mostly my Under Armour ones, but most of them get folded just like the sweaters.
But, since moving from my hometown, I have learned I do not have many sweatshirts because most of them were school-oriented sweatshirts. Yikes! So, I only have a few to store.
I am known to wear a tank top underneath my clothes 364 days a year. No joke! It is probably 365 days, but I am sure I missed one day last year. I have done this for at least 10 years now. I have a long torso and a lot of tops are just not long enough for me. So, I wear a tank top underneath them to add some length to the bottom. Plus, I like the layered look.
And, I always purchase the same tank tops… Hanes Classic Men’s Traditional Fit ComfortSoft Tagless Ribbed Tank Top in white.
They are pretty good quality, inexpensive, and I won’t cry if I get it stained because, hey, I didn’t spend a lot of money on them.
So, enough with my rambling…
How do I store these babies?
I fold them, stack them, and place them in a little white basket in the bottom of my closet. They don’t take up a lot of space, so they fit nicely in a small basket.
Casual and Dressy
This category would be everything else: blouses, t-shirts, piko tops, etc. And, they all get hung up using Joy Mangano’s Huggable Hangers in black. You can find the same hanger, but in a different brand at Bed Bath and Beyond, Wal-Mart, or many other retail locations. You will see a different version in my kids’ rooms.
These tops all hang facing the same direction, to the left (because that is the way my side of the closet is set up), and are color-coded. I code my closet by color, not by type. So, all of the red shirts are together, black shirts, etc. And, just like my sweaters, they hang lightest to darkest.
white, cream, tan, yellow, orange, pink, red, green, blue, purple, gray, black
Remember, the purpose of this challenge was to eliminate clutter from my closets. Not to solely state how I store my clothing and accessories, even though I realized I have never shown my closet on here before. Not even at my other house! I was completely shocked when I figured that out.
Before we moved, I got rid of a lot of the clothing and accessories I did not want or need anymore, but there is always more that can go. So, after a nice sweep through my closet, a few extras have been added to the Goodwill pile… Plus, about 4 sweatshirts that had already been moved prior to this challenge.
You will get to see my entire tops collection when I reveal my closet in the next couple of weeks!