Friday, October 4, 2013

Organizing my dresses with tags

Today's Spontaneous Organizing mission from Becky was the closet - long hanging items.

My husband hogs our closet.

I'm a SAHM so I don't require the amount of clothing he has, but he does have to share some of the long hanging space with me.  I keep trying to get him to realize that, but he has a tendency to push me out :).   See my 6" of space at one end and about 4" at the other:

Even though I'd rather live in jeans and sweaters, I do require dresses.   Because of his business role, we attend a lot of formal or semi-formal events.  I'm not a fan of getting dressed up, nor am I big shopper so I don't take every event as an opportunity to go out and get something new.

As a result, I frequently worry that I'm going to wear the same dress to the company Christmas party two years in a row or the same dress out with the same group for four events in a row.  True story, last Christmas friends had a slide show on their TV with photos from the previous year's party and I was wearing the same outfit.  All of the women who actually 'care' thought this was pretty darn humorous.

Not long after this, I started a log on my computer to keep track of what I wore to special events.  Needless to say, I didn't keep it up.  Today I came up with what I think is a better solution.  I didn't take the time to make these too pretty as I wanted to get this done quickly but I may get out my rubber stamps and pretty these up a bit another day.

I used safety pins to attach the tags to the dresses' tag and tucked them in before hanging them into the closet.  If it's right there, I'm pretty sure I will remember to update it.

In the process of doing this, I realized two of the dresses have been worn far too many times so they went into the charity donation bucket along with a couple of others I've owned for awhile and never worn so I don't need them.

I pushed my hubby's stuff over and claimed an entire 14" of closet space and rehung them all on matching hangers which were scattered throughout the closet.  He still needs to do a good decluttering but at least I'm done this part of the closet!

By the way, I gave my sister the blouse I wore to the Christmas party two years in a row in case I forget and wear it again this year.  She lives a long way from me and we have very few mutual friends so we should be safe.

In case my husband ever decides to look at my blog, I fully admit to hogging the chest of drawers in our bedroom.



  1. Looks great! Good idea to use the tags! I like that!

  2. I love this idea :) My husband is also a closet hog. The funny thing is, he wears the same thing over and over but refuses to get rid of anything!

  3. This is a great idea! thanks for sharing! Found you at the Frugal Home Blog Hop

  4. This is a fantastic idea!

    Suzie @ Dorothy Sue and Millie B's too

  5. What a good idea! I am totally going to try this.

  6. I love the tags with when you wore your outfits! Fabulous idea.

  7. LOVE the tags! Such a good idea. Thanks SO much for sharing at the Frugal Crafty Home Blog Hop. Have a great day!