1. The Color Approach
When organizing your closet by color use ROYGBIV or Roy G. Biv, an acronym for the sequence of hues which make up a rainbow: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet. White, beige and light neutrals go before the red while grey and black go after violet. Solids go before stripes, and stripes go before prints.
2. The Classification Approach
Putting like things together just makes sense. Dresses with dresses, jeans with jeans, tank tops with tank tops and so on and so forth. For the cleanest look organize tops and dresses not only by color, but by sleeve. Long sleeve first, followed by short sleeve, cap sleeve and sleeveless.
3. The Outfit Approach
Children's closets are best for this approach. Not only will it save a ton of time, it will save fussing and fighting. Planning ahead during the school week and placing outfits in a hanging divider works like a charm, however I recommend dividing the rest of the closet by outfit/occasion. For example you can divide the closet into playtime clothes, church clothes, comfy clothes and if space allows keep creative dress up clothes in one area. Now when you ask your child to get dressed for church, you know everything in that category is appropriate while at the same time allowing independence and personal style to show through in your child's choice.
Other Tips & Tricks
What does everyone know they need but very few people actually have?
A home inventory.
What can a home inventory help with?
Where do you begin? If you have the means I suggest hiring a professional to inventory your possessions. I have done several for clients and they are extremely involved and time consuming. The end result is definitely worth the investment, however it is so easy to get overwhelmed and quit. Typically a professional will charge by square footage, however this cost may vary depending on the detail of inventory and quantity of possessions.
If you choose to do it yourself, give yourself a realistic timeframe to complete your inventory. Three weeks is reasonable depending on the detail and size of your home. Here are some tips to help you along.
There are many apps and computer programs available to help with home inventories. Majority of them are helpful and will streamline the process. Regardless of what method you choose to inventory your home, you will need the following six items to begin.
Now it's time to begin
Once you have inventoried every room, make three digital copies of all pictures, videos and paperwork. Why three copies? Three copies will ensure that no matter what disaster, with the exception of an Apocalypse, you will have a copy of your full inventory. Be sure to write down your username and password for your online inventory. and include with every inventory copy.
Store your copies in the following places.
Hopefully you will never be in a position to have to use your inventory, but if disaster does come your way, you will have the comfort of knowing you are prepared.
There are hundreds of laundry solutions online, but do they really work?
I have researched and tested some of the more popular ones. Here are the results...
Vinegar-Adding one cup of vinegar at the beginning of the cycle will result in softer, fresher smelling laundry? TRUE
Baking Soda-Adding one cup baking soda will whiten your whites? TRUE
However adding 1/2 cup works just as well.
Blood Stains-Your own saliva removes blood stains? FALSE
The enzymes in your saliva do not break down the protein in your blood, however the water in your saliva does work to help remove the stain, so rather than spitting on your clothing, just use soap and water.
Aluminum Foil-Using a small ball of aluminum foil in the dryer is a good substitute for dryer sheets? INCONCLUSIVE
This I can tell you, my towels felt just as fluffy as if I were using a dryer sheet. The towels smelled clean, however there was no additional scent since the dryer sheet was not used. (This may be a good solution if you or your loved ones are sensitive to perfumes used in products.) Although I am skeptical, it is said that the foil ball can be reused for six months. I will have to wait and see on that one.
Fluffy Towel-Using a towel in the dryer will make your wet clothes dry faster? FALSE
While it is true that a fluffy towel will absorb much of the moisture during the first half of the drying process, it will take just as long, if not longer, for your entire load to dry. This is because the towel takes up surface area in the dryer, causing the entire load to dry at a slower pace.
Sun Drying-Drying clothing in the sun brightens whites? TRUE
Hanging your clothes in the sun brightens whites, gives your clothing a fresh scent, and helps to naturally press them. The sun will bleach anything that is left in its rays, so be careful not to leave colors in the sun too long.
There are not many folding hacks or tips online that prove untrue, so here are some of my favorite tips and solutions for folding clothes with ease.