Your closet needs Feng Shui as much as the rest of your house. It is the Chinese art of organizing your space to reduce or remove bad luck and maximize good fortune. Your closet, like the rest of your house, should be clean, clear of clutter and exuding warmth. In other words, what you need is a Feng Shui makeover. Following are ways in which you can organize your closet the Feng Shui way:
Step 1: Clean and Paint
Start by taking everything out of your closet completely. Take a bucket with 1 gallon hot water mixed with ½ cup vinegar and 1 tbsp of tea tree oil. After vacuuming the closet thoroughly, wipe clean the whole closet starting from top to bottom, including the walls and baseboards. A fresh coat of paint will work wonders at this point. Leave the door open so the paint dries well, it should take 2 to 3 days. If in a hurry, a hand held fan will speed the drying process.
Step 2: The Fifty Percent Clearance Rule
This rule means that try to have your closet clear of fifty percent of the stuff so it is clear. There should be enough space in your closet so that you can see what is there without unsettling everything. If there are shoes on the floor of the closet, they should not be touching the stuff hanging in the closet. Try to give away all that you don’t need, doesn’t fit or you haven’t worn in more than a year. When you get rid of old, unworn clothes, you make up more space for fresh new clothes in your closet. A full length mirror at the back of the closet will give the feeling of space and also help you locate items that are in the back.
Step 3: Arrange Clothes by Color and Function
Organize your clothes in such a way that there is a system to them. Hang your shirts together, pants, skirts and dresses together. Then hang t-shirts together, tang tops and long sleeves shirts together. Finally arrange each piece of clothing by color. Hang all white dress shirts in one part, blank tank tops in another and so on. The same rule applies to your shoes at the bottom shelf of the closet. Make sure the shoes all point in one direction, facing the door. It’s a good idea to buy new hangers so your closet wears a new and neat look.
Step 4: The Feng Shui Closet
To the left of the closet, put your work or business clothes. That’s where your knowledge and prosperity are. In the middle of the closet place your casual, formal and weekend wear for your health, fame and career. Finally put your intimate clothes on the right of the closet to promote creativity.
Step 5: Top Shelves Clearing
The shelves above your hanging clothes should have only light items such as tank tops during winter or sweaters stored in the summer months. Never store anything in your closet that you don’t wear or need. It just creates clutter due to which Feng Shui gets affected.