Organize Your Pandemic Wardrobe
How to organize your pandemic wardrobe
Remember when we wore fully coordinated outfits and different pairs of shoes every day of the week? Doesn’t that seem like a lifetime ago? So much has changed in the past six months, including our wardrobes. With no end in sight to the pandemic, it makes sense to adapt our closets and dressers to our current lifestyle and to sadly acknowledge that some elements of our pre-pandemic lives are not returning anytime soon.
Here are a few ways to organize your clothes and maximize your storage space.
No one is going to a cocktail party, fundraising gala, or theater production anytime soon. As sad as that is to write, it is, unfortunately, true. If your closet is packed with formal clothes that are taking up valuable space, you may want to consider moving them to a guest room or other closet if you have that option. Consider storing them elsewhere to make room for the things you are wearing now. You’ll get to wear them again, we hope.
Loungewear has always been a tempting purchase. Who can resist a comfortable fleece jacket and sweatpants? Currently, these types of items are our main wardrobe. Try hanging some pieces up or cleaning out your drawers to make room for your current state of clothing. Try hooks to hang sweatshirts and fleece jackets where they will be easy to find and to keep them off the floor.
Even if you’re getting dressed in business attire for Zoom calls, chances are you’re not wearing dresses, pantsuits, ties, or suit coats. What do you do with all of the clothing you previously put on to go to the office or important meetings? Don’t get rid of it all but if there are pieces you were barely wearing or that didn’t fit before last March, consider donating or selling them. The remaining items, especially pieces more appropriate for spring and summer, can be shifted to the back of your closet to make room up front for the clothing you’re wearing more frequently.
Have you noticed that there is more dust in all of our homes since we’re all spending so much time there? You will feel better about your closet if you clean the floor and other surfaces at least every quarter. Also, take a few minutes to turn your clothing so it’s all facing the same direction. Using the same hangers throughout your space will make it feel less visually cluttered and will be easier to find what you’re looking for. This is especially true for “Zoom shirts,” or the dressier shirts that are appropriate for business calls.
There is a long list of serious issues we are contending with right now and organizing your closet may not be at the top of your list. But with so much out of control, getting organized can bring us at least a small sense of order and a little peace of mind in an otherwise chaotic world. It will also make getting dressed a little easier each day.