Many of you guys have been requesting to see just how Nick and I organize our clothes in our apartment in New York City. At first it really was a challenge. Coming from our over-sized college apartments in North Carolina (my closet was twice the size + I didn’t have to share it with a boy) it really was a shock just how much less space we were going to have living in the city. We’ve been in our apartment for about ten months and I think we’ve finally figured out a system that works best for organizing our clothes. By no means is it perfect – or worthy of some award for being an awesomely organized small NYC apartment closet – but it works for us.
1. If possible – store your off-season clothing somewhere else. I’m fortunate that my grandparents live about a 1.5 hour drive outside the city so Nick and I keep all our opposite season clothing at their home. Doing this cuts down on the clutter in our apartment and makes managing our closet a lot easier.
2. If your closet is overcrowded look into purchasing a standing garment rack (ours is from Bed Bath & Beyond). Now this idea took some convincing when it came to Nick. He was not into the idea of having a garment rack in the middle of our living room and thought that having one would encourage me to purchase even more clothes LOL. I persuaded him into giving the idea a chance and it ended up working out great. Our closet is so much more manageable now that we’ve both been able to move our most-worn pieces out on to the garment rack. I also think it looks nice having all my colorful spring dresses out on display. And no it hasn’t encouraged me to purchase more clothes! 😛
3. Have storage with multiple uses. For a while I really struggled with how to organize my pants. They took up wayyyy too much space when I had them on hangers in the closet and there was not enough room to store them in the dresser. When we first moved in I just kept them all in pile on a bookshelf – I literally had no clue where to put them. Then one day it hit me that a storage bench (ordered mine from Target.com) was the perfect idea. We had a tiny spot in front of our living room windows where we had space for a small seat. By getting a storage bench I was able to kill two birds with one stone. I added extra seating to our living area + found a way to neatly store my pants.
4. Get rid of items you don’t wear. When you live in a small space there is nothing worse than being a hoarder. Too much clothing = clutter. Every few months I like to go through my closet and get rid of the items Nick and I really aren’t wearing. Ebay, Buffalo Exchange, Plato’s Closet, Salvation Army, younger siblings – there are so many ways to pass on not worn clothing. I know it’s hard but you will thank yourself later when your closet is clean and organized.