If you’re as adventurous and ready to go as we are, then you’ll understand the need to always have a closet that’s travel-ready and organized. As most women, you probably have a shelf that can only be reached by standing on a chair or stretching your arms whilst practicing your tippy toes. You most likely also have a section in your closet with clothes that haven’t been worn in quite some time. It’s almost certain that you have a few clothing items that you don’t want to let go of in the hopes of being able to fit in them once again.
Last but not least, every woman has something they collect; having too much of it in order to find a perfect spot for each item. Whether you collect purses, shoes, or lingerie, your closet isn’t big enough for all of it to fit comfortably (unless you’re blessed enough to have a walk-in closet)
If any of this sounds vaguely familiar, we know speaking from experience, that your closet isn’t anywhere near travel-ready. Which may cause quite some disruption if you find yourself having to pack urgently for a quick business trip or an unexpected surprise vacation.
Here are a few important travel tips regarding the readiness of your closet:
Donate clothes that don’t fit
One of the best ways to create more space in your closet for the things you really want to wear is by donating the items that don’t fit; things you wore when you were in your early twenties. Things you’ll never wear again, as much as you’d like to. This way, you’ll not only do good and help someone who needs clothes, but you’ll open up some space to fill with current, trending purchases from an online boutique or favorite store.
Color code your clothing items
Having a messy-looking closet can happen in an instant; simply by having colors all over the place. If possible, color code your clothing by hanging the different colors together. Not only does it make for easy picking when you feel like wearing a certain shade, it also gives you the opportunity to plan your wardrobe out much easier when packing. It’s a win-win situation!
Get rid of old undergarments
We all have a panty or two that has seen better days. For some reason, we hold onto the neglected ones, whether out of not knowing what to do with them or simply being too lazy to go through your unmentionables and part with the ones you just can’t wear anymore. It’s important to get rid of old panties and bras beforehand as you don’t want to be in a hurry and pack delicates that can’t be worn.
Roll the tips of your socks
Maximizing your suitcase space is important if you plan on packing everything you need and want. The best way to do that is by either rolling your clothes or getting rid of any bulkiness; including your socks. Do this by rolling the tips to keep them together, but create flat surfaces to stack quite a few of them if need be. It also helps for being able to see your different colored socks in an instant when tucked away in your closet.
Vacuum seal jackets/coats
Depending on the season, it best to vacuum seal some of your coats or jackets that won’t be worn this season. As it’s starting to warm up ever so slightly, you’ll be creating extra space for online boutique items instead of bulky coats. If you don’t have space in your closet for your vacuum sealed coats/jackets, you can also stack them underneath your bed for easy storage.
Stack shirts up
Instead of laying them flat on top of each other in your drawer, rather stack them side by side so you can easily scope which shirts you’d like to pack and which need to stay. Not only does it make your job of choosing outfits for the trip seem much easier, it also makes your closet seem much more organized; which is the whole point behind creating a closet that’s travel-ready.
Purchase transparent shoe boxes
Shoes can easily cause one big mess in your closet. Some women tend to throw them on the floor or in the back of their closet simply because there isn’t a proper method for storing shoes. The easiest, most effective ways of keeping them protected and together is by investing in a few transparent shoe boxes that can easily stack on top of one another. This gives you the opportunity to scope which shoes you’d like to pack and which should rather stay at home without creating another mess.
Use the top shelf for storage
Most of us have that one shelf that simply can’t be reached naturally, as explained previously. However, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t use it. If there are items that you simply don’t want to part with, why not store them in containers and pack them on the top shelf? You won’t need them for a while and you won’t have to go through the trouble of trying to reach for something if you’re relatively short. You get to keep some of your most prized clothing items and make use of a space that seems quite useless for some women. Remember, it’s all about organizing a space to maximize its use.
Bonus tips: Engage in affordable online shopping
Now that you have more space than usual and you’ve parted with items that only make you feel fat and unworthy, it gives you the opportunity to find new items at an online clothing boutique. As much as you loved the old items in your closet, it’s almost a guarantee that you’ll love the new ones. You deserve it. Every woman deserves to spoil herself and be spoiled with clothing items that flatter her body type and make her feel more confident. Make space for the new by getting rid of the old. This will help turn a messy closet into one that’s travel-ready and good-to-go.
When it comes to finding the best closet organizing tips in order to select the best vacation fashion ideas, remember to implement the above-mentioned tips for easy packing and stress-free planning. The last thing you want is to be caught off guard when you have a limited amount of time to pack. Get your closet travel-ready ahead of time and enjoy the trip that lies ahead.
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