Good Morning everyone! I hope your day is starting off well and you’re ready to tackle another week. Sometimes, it really does feel like we’re “tackling” projects as we just try to keep our heads above water in our daily lives. Some of those projects that we want to complete can seem so overwhelming that we let them sit and sit. But it doesn’t have to be that way when it comes to organizing your closet!
Getting Your Closet Organized
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I will freely admit that I have a little OCD and I’m an organizing freak. I even thought about starting my own professional organizing business several years back and I’ve helped several friends and family members organize spaces in their homes when they struggled to know where to begin. That’s why I thought I should write out the best way to organize your closet – and help keep it organized! I’ll provide the best steps to follow for getting your closet organized and under control as well as some great organizing ideas you can pick and choose from for your closet space. I hope this inspires you to set some time aside this week and tackle this project – you’ll be so glad that you did!
Steps to Take:
- Remove everything from your closet- This can seem extreme, but it will allow you to really be able to see the available space and plan out the best way to arrange items as you put them back in the closet.
- Go through each item from your closet- You can either do this as you remove them, or after you’ve removed them – either way will work so this is just your personal preference. You will want to decide what you will keep and what you will get rid of as you look at the items from your closet. For the items you no longer want to keep, you can donate them to goodwill or a local charity, sell them in a yard sale or online, or throw them out if they are too worn. Here are a couple of questions you can ask yourself when trying to decide if you should keep an item:
- Have I worn it in the past year? If not, you probably won’t wear it again (unless it is an item for a special occasion like a formal dress) and you should not keep it.
- Do I need this? Do you really NEED 5 pairs of black pants? Of course not. Try to pare down to just 2 pairs of black pants and give up the others.
- Does this fit me? It may have been a while since you’ve worn a piece of clothing so you should try it on to see if it still fits. If it’s too big or too small, this may make it easier to get rid of it.
- Clean the closet before returning items- You would be surprised what you will find on the empty shelves and at the bottom of your closet once you’ve removed everything so give it a good cleaning before you begin to put items back inside.
- Give your closet a face-lift- While you have everything out of the closet, you may want to take advantage of this time and spruce up your closet space by adding a fresh coat of paint. Also consider adding extra lighting if your closet tends to be dark. Consider these great LED Closet Lights for your space. If your closet doors have seen better days, you may want to change them out and use curtains instead. One final item you can add to your closet is a mirror – this will make your closet feel like a real dressing area even if it’s smaller in size!
- Return items to your closet- This should actually be the fun part! You will want to make your closet as visually appealing as possible so you will want to keep your closet clean and organized going forward. Place the items you use the most at eye level and items you use less often below or above. Organize your closet according to what appeals to YOU. Would you rather have your clothing grouped by colors or by item? Is it helpful to have your shirts grouped together by no-sleeve, short sleeve, and long sleeve or is it easier to group them by T-shirt, dress shirt, sweatshirts? The more appealing your closet is set up, the easier it will be for you to keep it organized and prevent a future overhaul.
Now that you are ready to put the items back into your closet, consider using these great organizing tips and ideas to maximize your closet space!
Top 18 Organizing Tips:
- Streamline bulky items by using space-saver bags or comforter bags
- Use under-the-bed containers for out-of-season items
- Use an over-the-door rack or hooks on the back of your closet doors to hang hats, purses, and scarves
- Keep your shoes together and out of the way with a shoe organizer
- Another great way to store your shoes is to install a small shelf or doorknobs along the bottom of your closet wall and hang them. You can also hang boots in your closet using pants hangars
- Use a small cube storage shelf for storing your purses or shoes
- Hang wall hooks or command hooks on the walls of your closet to hang bags, belts, or accessories
- Add shelf dividers to stack your jeans, T-shirts, and shorts on shelves and keep them organized
- Double your hangar space by using soda can tabs to hand 2 hangars together
- Hang a pegboard in your closet on a wall or the back of the door for your jewelry and accessories
- Use shoeboxes and stackable bins with pull-out drawers to add space to your closet
- Hang tank tops using shower hooks on a hangar
- Tie scarves to a hangar or hang them with shower hooks on a hangar
- Hang a laundry basket to save space in your closet
- Place bins and canvas cubes on your shelves to keep items organized and together
- Use suitcases to store bulky blankets, pillows, and linens that aren’t used often
- Place seasonal items in a garment bag so they take up less space when hanging in a closet
- Hang suitcases and larger bags over the inside of the door to keep them out of the way, but make them easy to find when you need them
I hope that this post has inspired you to start your closet organization and makeover right away! Don’t forget that you don’t have to spend a lot when organizing your closet – take advantage of your local dollar store or discount stores like Big Lots and Ollie’s to save a ton as you pick up items to use in your closet. And don’t forget to check your house before you shop – see what you already have in your home that you can use when organizing your closet!
I’d love to hear your favorite tips and tricks for getting your closet under control so please comment below and share them with everyone. And don’t forget to share this post on your social media sites so your friends and family can take advantage of these great ideas too!
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