How many times have you thought about organizing your dressing room and procrastinating the task because it seems too daunting? We can understand that trying to see the order in the pile of clothes and accessories can seem like a herculean task, but with the right guide, it is doable. Who knows, you might actually have some fun doing it!
What we can guarantee you is that once you are done with organizing your dressing room, it will be a treat to watch and so wonderfully satisfying.
This article will take you through 8 easy steps of organizing your dressing room. You will learn what pitfalls to avoid and also learn some fun tips along the way. By the end, you will be a pro at dressing room organizing.
Let’s not procrastinate anymore and begin!
A Few Tips Before We Get to the Actual Organising Dressing Room
- We know that, more often than not, our shoes and bags find their way to the floor. One just places them there, and the dressing room floor becomes the storage place for them. You must avoid that; storing your bags and shoes on the floor, however organized, will lead to cluttered and restricted floor space. You certainly don’t want to have to jump through hoops to maneuver through your dressing room.
- To store your shoes, you can go for open shelves or a cube shoe rack.
- We know the importance of accessorizing. It can enhance your look. But, if your jewelry is stored in some box somewhere or cluttered together in a drawer, you are likely not to wear it every day. After all, you cannot find it or find your perfect pieces. However, if you have a special place allocated for your jewelry with little boxes to separate the pieces, I think you will start to accessorize more.
- Not only that, having an organized, dedicated space for jewelry also ensures that it is not damaged and neglected.
- Your dressing room is not just a storage space; it is also a display. Your clothes, shoes, and bags are all stored in a way that they are accessible and visible to you. So, we’re hoping you would not want to walk into a dimply or badly lit closet room. If your dressing room has dim lighting, consider changing it. A well-lit dressing room is a treat to walk into.
- Your dressing room is not the room for bare walls. This is the room that you need to design to ensure maximum storage. Let us let you in on a secret, no matter how much room you have for storage, homes have a way of filling themselves up. So, prepare in advance, and put secure wall shelves on all the walls in your dressing room.
- Whether it is a hanger or those storage baskets, make sure they are all matching. You do not want mismatched hangers hanging on your clothes. No matter how organized your dressing room is, if you have mismatched hangers, they will stick out like a sore thumb. The same goes for other closet accessories.
- Unless you are a 7 feet tall NBA player (in which case, good work), it is likely that you will have a problem reaching for the uppermost shelves. We all store the items we rarely use on those upper shelves because these are out of reach. However, we do need to access those shelves.
Now that you are done with the tips let’s organize.
Step 1. Clear the Dressing Room
When we say clear the dressing room, we mean clear all of it. Take out the clothes, shoes, bags, accessories, hangers, storage boxes, and anything you’ve kept there. We must warn you; there are some strange things that will come out of that dressing room, one that clearly doesn’t belong there.
This step is important; you see, you cannot start organizing your dressing room without actually clearing it first. If you organize it section by section, i.e., clear one section, organize that, then clear another, and so on, you will remain restricted. So, clear it all out.
This is the time to separate the item into the ones you need, miscellaneous(no questions asked), and ones to discard.
Now clean the shelves and the storage units.
Step 2. Consider What Updates Your Dressing Room Needs
Now that your dressing room is empty and you have a pile of clothes, shoes, and bags lying around asking for space, it’s time to think of what your dressing room needs.
Does it need a shoe rack? If yes, then what kind? Do you want them displayed in organized cubes, or do you want them organized in drawers?
Do you need those storage spaces for belts and watches? Or a special jewelry drawer?
If you haven’t organized your closet for some time, it is likely that it is outdated and needs to get updated.
Tip; Remember to make the updates to your dressing room according to your needs, don’t get special units installed that you have no need for.
Step 3. Take Que from The Seasons
When organizing your clothes, do it by seasons. Allocate space for your summer sun dresses and for your winter sweaters. Furs and coats take a separate space.
There is an advantage to organizing by seasons. The idea of organizing is based on ensuring that the organization is not immediately disturbed. The second thing it ensures is that you can easily find your outfit for the day without overturning your closet. Both of these needs are met by organizing by seasons.
You don’t touch your sweaters and furs in summer, which are kept separately, and your sun dresses are safely placed away in the winter. All this ensures that your closet is not in disarray.
The second layer of organization can be separating your casuals and your formals. That will make your life much easier when you’re getting ready. You will know exactly where to look.
Tip; We all have clothes that we wear more often than others. Keep those clothes in the upper section of your pile or the front.
Step 4. Some Design Updates
Every dressing room could use some design updates. These design updates will not only make your dressing room a more appealing place but also make organizing a treat. These design elements are convenient and prioritize functionality.
We also think that a well-designed dressing room encourages one to keep it neat, clean, and organized.
Some design elements you can adopt are
- A full-length mirror; trust me, even if you don’t think you need a full-length mirror, get it; trust me, until you get it, you don’t realize how much you need it.
- A center Island; remember we talked about having a special storage unit for your precious jewelry and watches? A center island with a glass display is just the place for it.
- A vanity with comfortable seating; We know you don’t like to be rushed when you are getting ready, especially if it is for a special occasion. Install a vanity with a comfortable seat so you can get ready and do your makeup comfortably while sitting down.
Step 5. The Closet Accessories
Once you are done with the design elements, it is time for the closet accessories. Your closet accessories are an essential element for an organized dressing room. Remember, your closet accessories should follow a particular color scheme, or your dressing room will appear mismatched.
Some of the important closet accessories you should consider are;
- laundry hampers that you can pull out will help keep the dirty clothes away and together for washing
- Look for retractable valet rods; these take a little space and are adjustable.
- Wardrobe pull-out ironing board; you don’t want to go out of the dressing room to iron your dress or shirt. And placing a full ironing board in the middle of the dressing room is just irksome.
- Dividers for drawers.
- Good Wooden Hangers; you will always need hangers, so trust us on this. Invest in good hangers that have a supportive crossbar to avoid slippage. Your hangers must also have notches for the straps of your dresses to hold them securely.
- Pull-out Shoe Drawers
- Pull-out tie Rack
- Pull-out pant rack.
- Good in-closet lighting.
Step 6. Follow Your Closet Design
Now that you have upgraded your dressing room got the necessary dressing elements, and got the needed closet accessories, organization plans will come to take shape. You know where the jewelry goes, where the watches will go. The ties and scarves have space too. Your shoes take their place in an organized shoe rack. You don’t have to think a lot; just place the things in their allocated place.
One of the rules of organizing is that like goes with like. In your summer closet section, place your shorts in one section and your skirts in another. Shirts are neatly placed on matching hangers; white nightwear has a different pile. Follow this rule, and you will have a pretty organized closet.
Take this further and now organize by colors (yes, we are asking you to be Monica Geller here). So the tops that you kept in one neat pile arrange them according to colors. Keep the whites together, the blacks together, and shades of red and orange together.
Step 7. Pin Your Outfit Combos
This is a step in organizing your closet that will save you a lot of time when you are getting ready in the morning. Every morning we all go through the drill of what to wear and what goes best with what. This can take a lot of time, and in the morning, we assume you don’t have much time to spare. Even if you do, would’ t you rather spend that time eating your breakfast or drinking your coffee in some peace?
To save that time, pin your favorite dressing combos in your closet to make it easier to pick your outfit of the day.
You can also put some clothes that go well with each other side by side. Trust me; you will not regret this.
Tip; You know how sometimes you keep an item somewhere you cannot remember where you put it? An organized closet solves that problem. However, when you first organize, it is good if you make a small map to tell you where you kept things. Pin this map somewhere inside the dressing room.
Step 8. Clean it Up
Congratulations, you have now organized your dressing room, and everything looks good. Now is the time for some deep cleaning.
Once you have organized the closet, I’m sure your floor must be littered with tags of clothes and the new matching hangers you bought. There could be a big pile of clothes lying on the floor, the ones you have discarded or are going to donate. It is time to clean all that up.
Grab your vacuum and clean the floor spotless. Go into the little nooks and corners and get all the dust out.
At this point, if you see your closet needs some hooks for better organization, install them. Once your dressing room is clean, you are done. Good Job!
Things to Remember
- An organized dressing room is wonderful, but things have a way of going into disarray. Your dressing room organization helps keep the disarray in check. But you have to remember to take that little extra time to keep the things in their assigned place, no matter how tired you are. I know, I know, all adults were right about this.
- Also, stick to one organization plan, don’t keep changing it over and over, or you will be lost in your dressing room.
- If your dressing room has chipped paint or wood, once you have cleared it of all clothes, do the damage control.
- Install some drawers into your cabinets. They come in handy.
When organizing your dressing room, do not get overwhelmed. You will have to take a day out to be able to do it. The hardest part is starting, but with a little guidance, organizing can even be fun.
Just empty your dressing room. That can be fun, right? Once you have emptied your dressing room, there is no going back; you will have to organize it.
You begin with clearing out and then deciding what updates your dressing room needs. There is also the important task of deciding what items of your clothing you need to discard and which to keep. Investing in good closet accessories will always be beneficial. Your design updates and closet accessories will be the guide of your organization.
We hope you are all riled up to organize your dressing room, just follow these steps, and you are good to go.