A recent Facebook post with a link to The 10 Commandments of Hanging, (see below) according to Melanie Charlton of Clos-ette, drew my immediate attention. I have a duty to my clients to monitor widely-distributed organizing advice for accuracy so I carefully studied each of Ms. Charlton’s “commandments.”
I’m pleased to report that she and I are in absolute agreement upon all but one of these. Take a look at #9:
“Thou shalt color-code.
Organizing your clothes by color allows you to visualize an outfit by separates and helps you to mix and match combinations you might otherwise miss.”
Color-coding works for some people. Artists and others who are very visual tend to enjoy and thrive off of this system and I’m happy to apply it in those cases. That said, I do not personally believe that organizing clothing by color usually makes sense. I prefer to separate tops, pants, skirts, dresses and other items by season, style, texture or function. For instance, I wouldn’t put two tops together simply because they’re in the same color family. When I’m dressing, color is the last consideration after sleeve-length and weight, as well as level of formality. Sifting through red cotton t-shirts is a waste of time when I’m preparing for a business lunch.
My recommendation, once you’ve categorized tops, pants, skirts and dresses is to separate winter/fall items from spring/summer items. If you don’t have a large closet, consider storing off-season clothing in a guest closet. Now, divide work pants from weekend pants, evening dresses from sundresses, etc. Next, order according to sleeve/pant length. If you’ve done all of this and you still have enough clothing in each section to order by color, be my guest, However, this is probably an indication that you have too many clothes! Choose your favorites and donate the rest.
The 10 Commandments of Hanging, according to Melanie Charlton of Clos-ette
-Thou shalt hang as much as possible in thy closet. Hang as much as you can with skinny hangers.
-Thou shalt not hang sweaters. Sweaters are best folded and stored on shelves or in drawers to maintain their shape.
-Thou shalt banish wire hangers from thy closet. They are weak, leave marks, and force your clothes to lose shape. Enough said?
-Thou shalt have matching hangers. A hodgepodge of hangers makes your closet look sloppy and prevents clothes from hanging properly.
-Thou shalt use appropriate hangers for appropriate garments. Coats on coat hangers keeps your topper in tip-top shape.
-Thou shalt not kill clothes with plastic. Those dry-cleaning bags are plastic traps for moisture, which can lead to mildew and mold growth, which can severely damage, discolor, and stain. Natural fibers like cotton, wool, silk, and linen need to breathe. Once you bring your duds home, free them!
-Honor the breathing room of thy clothing. Yes, you should hang as much as possible but you should also leave enough space between each garment so they’re not crammed together in your closet. Cramming causes wrinkling and makes you look like you slept in your best suit.
-Thou shalt not hang thy clothes with strangers. Put like with like and hang items facing in the same direction.
-Thou shalt color-code. Organizing your clothes by color allows you to visualize an outfit by separates and helps you to mix and match combinations you might otherwise miss.
-Honor thy pants and sweaters. Keep pants looking freshly pressed by hanging them along their creases or pleats to keep them sharp; always fold sweaters so that they don’t lose their shape.
Attend the fourth annual Wags to Wishes fundraising event and bid on 1 hour of organizing services. Proceeds benefit Pawprints Foundation animal shelter.
Taylor BMW – Evans, GA
October 19, 2013
7 – 10 p.m.
Pawprints Foundation is a non-profit group made up of volunteers who are dedicated to improving the welfare of animals. Our mission is to:
- Promote pet adoptions through county animal services and rescue groups
- Promote the importance of spay/neuter programs
- Serve as a resource to our community by providing education and information on responsible pet ownership
- Educate our community about animal welfare
- Fundraise to help support shelter animals and animal rescue groups in the CSRA
- Provide additional support to CSRA animal services and rescue groups
You need a professional organizer when…
You’re afraid to open your closet for fear of bodily injury.
You enjoy cooking – just not in YOUR kitchen.
You can’t fit your car in your garage.
You can’t remember what’s in your attic.
You’ve spent thousands of dollars on a storage unit.
Your kids’ toys are taking over your house.
You keep buying things you already have.
You haven’t opened your mail in weeks.
You regularly pay late fees.
You never seem to get around to the really important things on your to-do list.
You’re moving, downsizing or putting your house up for sale.
Your parents are moving into assisted living and you’re sorting through their household.
Your business needs workflow streamlining.
Your child is entering middle school and needs helps with time management and being prepared for daily activities.
You live in a dorm or apartment and need to make the most of a small space.
You realize your kids are picking up your bad organizational habits!
Excerpt from Metro Augusta Parent article by Amy Christian
“These days most Americans have more stuff than they know what to do with,” said professional organizer Marin Rose of Functional, Fashionable. “Adding one more item to the pile may bring a fleeting moment of pleasure but the novelty will soon wear off, leaving only clutter in its place. Gifts of experiences, however, offer recipients long-term satisfaction: first, the anticipation of the experience, then the moment itself and, finally, the lasting memory of that moment. Plus, no-clutter gift giving saves closet space as well as valuable natural resources.”
What Professional Organizers Do
Professional organizers use tested principles and expertise to enhance the lives of clients. By designing custom organizing systems and teaching organizing skills, they help individuals and businesses take control of their surroundings, their time, their paper piles, their lives!
An organizer’s services can range from designing an efficient closet to organizing a cross-country move. For homeowners, he or she might offer room-by-room space planning and reorganization, estate organization, improved management of paperwork and computer files, systems for managing personal finances and other records, and/or coaching in time-management and goal-setting.
In business settings, an organizing pro can increase productivity and profitability with improvements in paper-filing and storage, electronic organizing, work-flow systems, employee time-management, space design, and more.
Some professional organizers work with specific populations, such as those with Attention Deficit Disorder, the chronically disorganized, children, seniors or students.*