Are you afraid to open your closet door? Do you even know what’s in there? Follow these simple organization tips for the neat, clean closet you have always wanted.
The thing about closets is that they are oh-so handy places to shove stuff that is not used that often. So the first thing to do is to completely empty your closet. Then the real work begins.
Determining What to Toss
Closets are notorious for collecting items. Be prepared ahead of time to make a few piles as you sort through your closet. You will need to separate your belongings into the following categories:
- Definitely keep
- Throw away
After you have separated your items, you can begin to put them back into your closet. You should have less stuff because you have thrown away and donated some articles.
Organizing Your Items
Sorting through your stuff is the hardest part of organizing the closet. Now the organizing fun can begin. Begin by putting your clothes back on the racks in your closet. No doubt you will have some clothes that you wear all of the time and some clothes that fall into the “undetermined” category. These are items that you don’t wear that often but you just can’t seem to part with.
Tip: A great way to see just how much you wear your clothes is to turn your clothes hangers backwards in the closet. As you wear your clothes, turn the hanger around to face the right way. After a year, reconsider whether you should keep the clothes that you haven’t worn.
The next item to put back in your closet is your shoes. There are a number of ways to organize shoes. You could stack them in clear, plastic shoe boxes with drawer pulls. You could also store them in over-the-door shoe racks to save space.
Purses and other accessories can be hung on hooks installed on the walls of your closet. Scarves, belts, ties, and other small items store well on space-saving cascading hangers.
Tip: Store the things you use the most at eye level, things you are less likely to use at floor level, and store least-used items up high.
Odds and Ends
A closet oftentimes is a place for much more than just clothes and shoes. Closets also store things like toys, sports items, seasonal decorations, and other household necessities like vacuum cleaners. For items that won’t hang, consider attractive baskets or umbrella containers that sit on the floor. Nets that hang from the corner of a ceiling are great for soft items like stuffed toys, pillows or extra bedding.
Tip: If space allows, you can store your ladder on a ceiling rack and hang hooks from it where you can suspend suitcases or other extras that are not used often.
Are you tired of wondering exactly what is in your closet? Are you guilty of tearing up your closet trying to find that other shoe? Make the most out of your closet space with these simple organization tips. +