Style Reboot #9 | Closet Organization

(upbeat music) – Hey you guys, it’s Erin and
welcome back to my channel. For those of you who are
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out on anything new. Okay, so in this
installment of Style Reboot, we’re at number nine, so you really have to go step by step by
step by step by step, highly recommend that
you follow the order. If you missed any, you can go back. I created a playlist called Style Reboot so you can easily find the other videos. So at number nine, I wanna
talk about closet organization. I’ve talked a lot about
closet organization in the past over the years, I will put links to the videos below, if you want more there’s plenty more. This’ll be a recap in a lot of ways of things I’ve already talked about but with some new things
peppered in there, new ideas and new tools that
you might be able to use to help you with your closet organization. Okay, so let’s get started
with closet organization tips, the first tip is to have matching hangers. Matching hangers is a
little bit of an investment, you have to pay for the hangers obviously. I’m gonna put links below
to my recommendations to make it easy for you guys. The recommendations will be from Amazon, so if you have the Prime membership you don’t have to pay for the
shipping which is a big deal, specially when you’re
talking about something as heavy as hangers and you’re like, “well how many do I buy?” “I don’t know how many to buy.” I always kinda guesstimate 100 hangers for about three feet
of full hanging space. So, if you’re looking at
your closet and you’re like, “oh this rod looks like
it’s about six feet “and it’s really jammed and
I’m not gonna edit it anymore,” then I would do 200 hangers for that space and you’ll have more than enough. So the hangers that I like are the clear plastic ones just
like you have in the store. I like my closet to look as
boutique-like as possible and this is what every boutique likes, use what every boutique uses. So I like the swivel heads, so no matter what direction
you hang your garment you can have them all facing the same way by just adjusting the head. There’s nothing more annoying than putting a shirt on a hanger and then wanting it to
go face one direction and then you have to
take the shirt back off and put it back on. So this swivel head’s a must and then I think they’re really thin, I don’t care if I break ’em because you don’t pay a lot for them and they have this to catch the garment so it doesn’t slip off, which is nice. I mean, are there times where your garment is too wide for the hanger, it doesn’t quite stay on
the hanger, absolutely. And that’s why some people
prefer the velvet non-slip ones, but I stick with these. I’ll put a link to the velvet
non-slip ones below too if you prefer those, but these are my favorite. And then you can also
waterfall with these hangers, so if you have a really small closet space you put this through here. Let’s say you wanna do three sets of pants all in a row to save on
that closet real estate, you can waterfall ’em like that or if you got a suit and you
wanna do the suit together, you can do that. And then I use this type
for pants and for skirts. And this type for shirts and for dresses. Number two is you’re gonna sort by type. And that can be whatever
categories you want, whatever makes it easier for you. The key is to be able to
find things quickly, easily, not labor over it, not wonder where it is, not search for it, not
waste time searching for it. The key to your closet is
to save you time and money when it looks like your
very own little boutique and you’re organized, it
will save you time and money. So if you sort by type then you can say, huh, I need a cami today
and I know exactly, b-line for the camies. I need a short sleeve top today and I know exactly where to look for that. I need a pair of jeans today, I know exactly where to go for my jeans. You needa have the types sorted out and you can decide how specific
you wanna get with types. For me, I have a bigger
closet, I have a lot of clothes so I do sleeveless, short
sleeve, long sleeve. You may wanna do sleeveless, short sleeve, three-quarter sleeve, long sleeve. Whatever works best for you. I also do jackets, I do blazers,
I do shorts, I do skirts and then I put jeans in my drawers. Trousers, really nice trousers I hang up but if they can be folded, I fold them. So you’re gonna determine
based on your closet space and based on your preferences
and based on your lifestyle, which categories, which
types you want to delineate and organize your closet into. Then once you have your types sorted out, so you got your hangers, your types, then you wanna sort by color. So you say to yourself, I
really need a black blouse today and I really want a black
short sleeve blouse, you go to your section
with the short sleeve tops, you pull out your black, that
you look in the black section, and you know, okay I have this option, this option, and this option. It’s very, very quick and easy. So that’s why its so
important to sort by color. Now whether you go dark to
light, like the KonMari method, or whether you go light to
dark, whether you do some other crazy color system is totally up to you. I like light to dark. I like to do the rainbow
because I like to see the red, and the orange, and the yellow,
and the green, and the blue, plus it’s easy for me to remember. So just come up with a system
that works best for you. And if you’re like, “well wait a minute “this is printed and
patterned and its kinda crazy “and it’s a mix of red
and its a mix of pink “and I don’t know where to put it.” Just put it somewhere, don’t
sweat those little details. Just get it in there, have it
all look ecstatically nice, have it all sorted by color
and type and you’re good. And those are the three primary
things you need to focus on with organizing your closet. I wanna get a little bit more into the nuances of organizing. So let’s say handbags, for
example, you’re always like, “(groans) what do I do with
these handbags,” right? So for me I do shelf dividers on the shelf and I do have built-in shelving, so that works really easily for me, the shelf dividers and I
put the bags in a slot, in a slot, in a slot, in
a slot on the shelf, okay. There also handbag
shapers if you’re worried about keeping the shape of your handbags. You can put in these shapers inside or you could just do tissue paper, it’s a lot cheaper, a lot easier. You also could put dust
covers over your bags for maybe the more expensive bags. However, then you may forget it’s there, although if you’re like me and you only have one
or two expensive bags, you’re not gonna forget
that they’re there. (laughs) But if you have a whole bunch of ’em you may forget so you may
not want to do the dust cover simply because you wanna see the bags. You could do the shelf
dividers for your handbags but you could also do bins, there are really lovely bins, linen bins, you could do baskets where you can put your handbags in bins and I’m gonna link you to
all of the options below, so don’t worry about
it, I got you covered. It’s all like Amazon and Target and Container Store links below and then I’ll put them
over on the blog also. So that’s one of the
ways you can organize, two of the ways you can
organize your handbags. What about boots? You’re like, “(screams) those tall boots, “they always elude me, I don’t
know what to do with them.” Well there are racks where you can hang your boots upside down and keep them all organized that way. You can, somebody, one of
you guys told me about this, you could put pool noodles in
your boots to keep the shape. There are also boot shapers
available at Container Store, believe it or not, and
they’re pretty inexpensive. I’ve found some even less expensive plastic options on Amazon. I’ll put that link below as well and then how you organize them
in your closet is up to you, whether you have built-in shelving, whether you need to get a shoe rack. I did put a recommendation
below for a shoe rack that I think is very easy to assemble and also looks ecstatically nice, ’cause there’s nothing worse than having some crappy
shoe rack in your closet. You want your closet to look nice and that’s the whole idea, we want it to look a boutique, we want it to be this little oasis. So you don’t want to through
in a crappy shoe rack that’s gonna break down in a year or be a nightmare to put together, so there’s a very specific
shoe rack that I recommend. I put it below. It’s not expensive at all,
so don’t worry about that. If you have a closet with
lots of shelving up high, it’s gonna be important for you to have a foldable footstool, so you might wanna think in
investing in one of those. Also, you don’t wanna ignore your drawers. So, your sock drawer,
your underwear drawer, your bra drawer, you got
T-shirts in a drawer, you got jeans in a drawer, whatever you have in your drawer, you wanna keep your drawers
looking nice as well. You wanna still color code the drawers. I color code jeans, yep it’s a little OCD but I do it because I’ll
put light jeans in one row, white jeans in one row, light blue jeans in another row, dark blue jeans in another row, black jeans in another row. I’ll even sort by is this cropped, is this flared, is this skinny? So you could really get
more specific and detailed depending on how many you have, depending on how important it is to you. And then for you underwear and your socks you can use those dividers. They’re really affordable, really it’s a game
changer for those drawers and it makes it a lot
simpler for you to find. ‘Cause again with your underwear, you do go for certain
pairs on certain days like you need a thong for a certain outfit or you need nude underwear
for a certain outfit, for light pants, light skirt, light jeans. You want black cause you’re
wearing a black skirt. So having those dividers
just makes it, again, a little bit more seamless,
a little bit easier, a little bit more efficient. So the dividers are great to have. Oh, and then I just did wanna talk a little bit about jewelry, how to organize your jewelry. So, I am of the mind that you
have to have things on display to know that they’re there, if you tuck them away and they’re hidden and
they’re behind the scenes, then it’s harder to
know that you have them, you forget about them
and you don’t use them and you don’t wear them. So I kind of put all my
jewelry on display in my closet and I use bracelet bars,
they’re called T bars. I use the high T bar for long necklaces. I like the necklace stands for necklaces, like big necklaces so
that I can display them and see them very clearly. I use little ring stands for rings. I’ll put some recommendations below so you guys can check those
out if you’re interested. Lastly, just wanted to mention I did find a couple of
really cool scarf organizers, they’re hanging, so you would
hang them in your closet, and then also belt, there’s the option of
screwing it into the wall or the option of hanging it. So you’re like, “what do
I do with all my belts?” You can just hang ’em up
right alongside your trousers or you can get the one
that screws into the wall, maybe attach it to the wall
and have it organized that way, depending on your closet space. So, those are some of the tricks and tips for keeping your closet really organized. Again, this is such a vital important part of your overall style
and your overall sanity. When your closet is nice, ecstatically pleasing, organized, again saving you time and
money, saving you the stress and the heartache of not
being able find things. It’s a game changer,
it’s really worth while, it’s really worth investing the time to make it look pretty, boutique-like. Let me know if you guys
have any questions at all. Again, I’m gonna put everything below. I’m gonna put everything over on the blog. It’s gonna be nice and neat
for you guys over there so if you’re like, “(screams)
what did she say again about, “I don’t know, I just didn’t know “what she was talking about,
she’s talking so fast,” ’cause I think I was talking fast. It’s over on the blog
too, so you can go check it out over there. Thank you guys again so,
so much for watching. Let me know if you have any questions, give a thumbs up to the video, and I will see you next time, bye. (soft music)

78 thoughts on “Style Reboot #9 | Closet Organization

  1. I looooove the way you stack your jeans so you can see everything, plus how they're organized by color. I'm going to start folding mine in this way rather than stacking them. Thanks, Erin! Happy Friday! πŸ˜€

  2. How come you didn't recommend the velvet hangers? My closet is organized due to those hangers.

  3. The best thing I ever did was purchase the slim lined hangers, and organise by type, then colour……so easy to find things now. Although I do have difficulty curating an outfit still, and my bff actually puts outfits together in her closet and it works for her. Thanks for sharing. I need the boot shapers for sure, always a work in progress for me lol.

  4. I don't have a walk-in closet, I have a small hanging space in there and majority is shelves that make me tend to forget my pieces and hard to get them out without messing my shelves .. Do u have any tips?

  5. Fabulous as always Erin! I gained some great tips I'd never thought of before. Can't wait for the next video! I always look forward to them every Wed and Fri πŸ˜€

  6. Love all the options!! I now want my closet to look boutique-like as well. So nice to look at. One tip: I store my Halo Couture extensions on a pants hanger (I can adjust the width so that it fits the extensions). Hanging them like this places less stress on the miracle wire, which will hopefully make it last longer, and they are neatly stashed away in my closet.

  7. Excellent tips! At one point in redoing my closet I had about 500 velvet hangers in my shopping cart on Amazon. Then I watched a YouTube video and they mentioned why they don't like velvet hangers and I had an aha moment πŸ€—. I don't want to fiddle with getting shirts on hangers smoothly and the hanger part facing the right way. I've kept my plastic swivel head hangers and love them. They slide on closet rails easily, have slots for Camis, shirts shoulders go on smoothly and easily, and the head turns the right way no matter how you put the garment on. Now I must go roll my drawer of tshirts like your jeans so I can actually tell what I have in there. PS. BLack-ROYGBIV-white is how I color organize.

  8. Great video! Love your style reboot videos. I wish I had a closet like yours, mine is so small and shared with my husband πŸ™ But I do keep my little space organized.

  9. Your closet is FABU, Your Loveliness β—οΈπŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•

  10. Roll up jeans in drawer?!! Never thought of it, but I like it. Thanks, Erin. On your gap year….that's terrific! You will make the best memories with your kids. We lived in The outback of Australia for two years when our kids were 5, 7, and 9. One of the best decisions we ever made. We homeschooled and did INCREDIBLE field trips! I'm excited for you!

  11. Erin, great ideas, thanks….Question, do you separate clothes out by seasons? Or just keep everything together

  12. Erin, I use the clear plastic hangers in my closet too. Container Store has these non-slip foam hanger strips you can stick to the hangers and your tops will not slide off. Love them!

  13. Hi Erin, Great closet and drawer organization tips. I agree, those plastic swivel-head hangers are the best. How do you store your out of season clothing, mainly sweaters and tops? Thank you, Carol M.

  14. Erin hi, I use plastic bottles (1 1/5 lt) and put in my boots upside down. Easy trick …

  15. Erin…thank you! I was inspired and did this! I actually do have all seasons in my closet, but it works for me. I am now trying to figure out the balance of not too many clothes, because frankly, I get a bit anxious thinking about having too many and the fact that I want to wear each piece to make it worth my purchase! I try to buy classic with a bit of trend, but don't spend much at all on the trend…thoughts?

  16. I would highly reccomend a slide out valet rod. I also have a slide out belt rod. I do quite a few of these tips already, but really had never thought of putting my jeans in a drawer folded like that. WoW you get so many more in and you can see them all. lol Thanks for sharing, Erin

  17. Great tips! I already use same hangers and organize my clothes exam how you rec

  18. I love organizing videos! I color code eeeeeverything(even underwear and socks)!! Life is so much easier when your closet is done nicely and organize πŸ˜πŸ’– Great video! xx

  19. Great tips! I need to do a closet rehaul and am totally stealing some of these ideas

  20. Slow and steady wins the race. Keep up the good work! I'm so happy for you success.

  21. Looking beautiful sweet gal❣️Great tips. I do the same with my πŸ‘–. You could be my daughter. Lol Hugs, KayeπŸ’•πŸ‘πŸΌπŸ˜ŠπŸ‘

  22. Ok. Now I'm inspired! I find it impossible to organize without storing my winter sweaters and coats in a different space. Any recommendation for storing sweaters/coats? I love your videos and practical tips!

  23. I used to work at Sears clothing depto, and since then I organize my closet exactly how you mentioned, color coded, sleeve length etc. it is much easier to find everything I need.

  24. I totally use Dollar Tree pool noodles for my boots. I just post a video about that a few weeks ago actually. I love the idea of the personal boutique, Erin!!! That's EXACTLY what I go for too!

  25. You look SO stunning Erin! & your earrings and top…everything! you look so fresh and beautiful. Loved these tips and loving this series πŸ™‚ You are so easy to watch and always have such quality and practical tips! πŸ™‚

  26. I think the velvet ones are best.Β  The plastic are noisy and take up more space than the slim velvet covered ones.

  27. Rolled up magazines are great to put in boots to keep their shape.Β  Works very well and cheap!

  28. Erin you made me chuckle first minute or so in, you mentioned matching hangers, specifically clear plastic hangers, then there's a shot of you going through clothes and the hangers don't match! Haha!Back to th video, really loving this series!

  29. I wish I had a closet as big as yours, but I have definitely put some of your tips to use already in the space that I have. Recently I commented as a joke to Marnie that you should organize her jewelry collection and here you are showing us how to do it. Thanks for the inspiration to clean up our closets.

  30. This video is perfect timing because we just moved and I'm needing to organize my new closet. Thanks for the fantastic tips! You look so glowing and beautiful in this video!! ✨

  31. Could you do a summer internship LOOKBOOK and how to build a business casual wardrobe, it's graduation season and I can't find good helpful videos on dressing for work

  32. Love, love, love this video. Excellent and so very helpful. I am now inspired and have knowledge to tackle the closet. You look beautiful, Erin. Thank you!

  33. Great suggestions!Β Β I totally forgot those plastic hangers can be stacked.Β  That's very helpful!Β  Happy Mother's Day!

  34. You can take a photo of your expensive bag(s) and affix it to the outside of the dustbag and then you won't forget the bag inside! Done this with expensive shoes that I don't wear very often. πŸ˜€

  35. Wow great video and you truly are organized I felt like I was in a small boutique wanted to shop! Your so pretty luv your style. Your voice is so softly spoken enjoyable to listen to.
    Thanks for sharing these great tips and all your hard work that goes with it.

  36. Great video Erin, so helpful even for someone who already likes to organize lol! Question though, this always trips me up lol, I also organize by sleeve length and color but my dilemma is if I should organize sleeve length in each color section or do the lengths first and the colors within that? Is that understandable? What I find happening is that if I have a black long sleeve shirt that I put with the black section then my long sleeves aren't altogether… get me? lol I'm sorry I know this may sound stupid but I'm not happy with the overall look of my closet yet… Thank you!

  37. Yes, I need those shelf dividers. Going to get them! Thanks Erin.

  38. Erin, great video! You look beautiful! Could you tell me where you got the acrylic earring stand? I can't find it on the list. Thanks so much!

  39. Loved the video, could you make a separate video on organizing jewelry, am tired of stacking in boxes and I forget what I have. Thanks!!

  40. So behind!! Trying to catch up πŸ˜‰ Haven't missed any of your rebboot… We sort the exact same way!! I agree with your tips, 100% It is so funny how much we do the same thing down to the jean sort and ladder, LOL and yes, I color coordinate my underwear, LOL Do you do it for your husband? I do it for Peter but he is terrible at keeping it that way, LOL… I guess all those years as a professional closet organizer has paid off or just one more OCD moment, hehe πŸ˜‰ Great video so affirming!

    Hugs, Heidi xoxo

  41. Love your ideas and your closet!!!! Your jewelry looks so fab on the stands. Is that whole closet yours? Does the dear husband have any space? πŸ™‚

  42. I love this video, I will watch it again because I'm really bad at closet organizing so I'll need a refresher every now and then. Good job Busbee

  43. Erin Thank you so much i really needed to hear these tips for my walk in closet along with your Style Reboot Series! I will be turning 40 in October and unlike my 30's this one for some reason feels big to me, as far as making some changes to my style and wardrobe, and you are making the process much much easier. Thank you greatly <3

  44. I like the rainbow red to violet then white, gray, black. light to dark within each color.
    Kathy B.

  45. Hi Erin! Commenting on an older video so I hope you find this. I've order a lot of organizational pieces including the garment rack, which I love. Where did you get your white closet system including shelving/dressers, etc.

  46. I used to keep my jewelry out on display like that, but they quickly started to tarnish and look ugly. I didn't take the time or want to have to spend the time cleaning them, especially if I wanted to wear them right then. I end up keeping them in my box and it is much better. How do you prevent your jewelry from tarnishing while on display?

  47. I just bought 50 skirt hangers for my skirts and strapless jumpsuits/dresses, and after I hung them all up I wished I had all my stuff on these boutique-type hangers. It's a big investment to get organized for someone on my budget (Disabled Veteran), but my father just passed away and I have a little money to spend. I think he'd want me to be organized and happy! 😁

  48. An easy way to make your own non slip hangers is by wrapping rubber bands on the ends of the hanger arms. It stops the garment from slipping off the edge.

  49. .omg so helpful thank you!! where did you purchase the shoe wrack. Its a hell of a lot better than my flimsy one. Thanks

  50. I am so blessed to have discovered you! You have really helped me out. ❀️ my search started with what shoes to wear with skinny jeans. Your a very beautiful woman! I thought I was pretty organized, but wow. So much I can do now. Thanks again!!

  51. 😍😍😍 Your the most organize fashionista ! I used wooden hangers to all my clothes and practically cost me a lot but to me it’s all worth it ! Great tips on jewelry display and your right a closet that look like a boutique is awesome 😍

  52. As a person that loves prints, when sorting by color, I have a prints section. If the blouse is mostly one color then it goes in that color, if it is all over print, floral or colors it goes in the print section. (My favorite section!)

  53. Those are the BEST hangers! They help with the shoulders not to have those points you get with regular hangers. Since I don't have drawer space for jeans and I am seriously out of room to hang my jeans, I'm using a hanging skinny shoe rack and rolling my jeans and sticking them in there. It actually works great for my go to jeans! I'm getting to the point that I'm going to have to kick my husband out of his office and turn that room into my closet. Hmmmm……

  54. 1) I LOVE those hangers because I hang most of my clothes to dry and these are excellent for doing this too – 2) I LOVE your comments about HOW and WHY we become "attached" to our clothes. I also believe the reason I taught my children that it was just WRONG to throw clothes on the ground, was that not only is it disrespectful to people, it is disrespectful for garments such as a winter coat that kept you warm – overall, EACH in this series is worthy! Great info, thank you, Erin. I LOVE the personal insight into your past, as well. No wonder you are of such character and it shines through.

  55. Wooden hangers are still being made – and they have the advantage of not breaking (as well as the obvious advantage of not being plastic).

  56. TIP: Buy a few hundred rubber strips that fit over the ends of the plastic hangers. Use them for slippery garments or to keep wide necks from slipping off the hangers. Amazon has them: "100 Pcs Clear Non-Slip Rubber Clothes Hanger Grips"
    Another TIP: use those cheap clip-on "pant" hangers for hanging up your thin-strapped camisoles. Put each strap over the hanger and then run the strap under the clip and close the clip. Your strappy camisoles are secured and the hangers & straps won't get tangled up with each other.

  57. TIP for those of us that don't stay the same size: Do NOT throw away loved BASIC pieces because they are now too big or too small. If your weight varies from 130 to 145+, have two large storage bins where you can "hold" items that are 5lbs out of your current weight. If you weigh 138 lbs, you will have the 135 to 140 range hanging in your closet. In this example, you would have a box filled with clothing that fits best in the 130 to 135 range and another box filled with the 140 to 145 range. If you lose weight, you will swap in the smaller sizes. If you gain weight you will swap in the larger sizes.

  58. TIP for hanging watches, bracelets,, etc . . . fasten a few dowels on top of your closet shelf so that the dowels extend out from the shelf about 8" (the space between the edge of the shelf and where the closet door will close). Slip your costume jewelry onto the dowels.

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