Cleaning out the closet is something everyone dreads, but if you have a more organized closet, it can make a huge difference with your morning routine! Taking the time now to clean it out and organize it will save you tons of time in the long run. Mark a date on the calendar to begin organizing your closet and stick to it until it is done!
How to organize your closet
Get rid of things that you don’t need or no longer use. Sort through all of your clothing and ask yourself a few simple questions to help you weed it out.
- Does the item still fit?
- Is the item still in style?
- Have I worn the item within the last year?
- Is the item damaged in any way?
- Do I absolutely LOVE this item?
If you answer NO to any of the questions above, then it’s time to let it go! You can donate your unused items or hold a garage sale to earn a little extra cash. Whatever you decide to do, you MUST get rid of these extra clothes that are hogging up your much needed closet space.
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Store items that ARE NOT in season somewhere else. There is no reason to have fifteen big bulky sweaters in your closet during the hot summer months. Under the bed is a great place to store these items. You can get some under the bed storage bags. Another great place to store these items is in a non-used suitcase in your closet, or an 18-gallon Sterilite tote in your garage. The storage totes usually run about $6 each, but you can find them on sale for $3-$4 each. When they are that low, I usually stock up as they also make a great toy box for a boy who likes to destructively tear up his fancier toy boxes he’s had in the past. Not mentioning any names or anything. 😉
Clean and re-organize your closet at the beginning of every season to keep it from getting out of hand. Change out the clothing for what you will be wearing and change out the accessories. This is a great time to re-evaluate your clothing that you have on hand and get rid of what you no longer want or use. If you don’t remember what you’ve worn and what you haven’t, simply turn the hangers around facing backwards. Then, once you wear an item and go to hang it back up, turn the hangers back around facing forward. By the end of the season, you’ll know exactly what’s been worn and what hasn’t. If it’s not been worn in 1 year, it’s safe to get rid of. It’s always easier to stay on top of organizing rather than having to fix it again after letting things pile up!
Organize the items you are going to keep. Hang as much as you can onto your clothing bar, you can either organize by the type of clothing or by color. Whichever way you decide to organize it, you just need to make sure you stick with the system you choose. You may find it easier to store you blue jeans and sweaters stacked neatly on a shelf or in colorful labeled bins. If you are lacking for space, jeans and pants can also be hung on space saving hangers. Belts and scarves can be stored on a tie rack, in little colorful containers, or on the space saving hangers as well. Make sure you make good use of the unused wall space in your closet. This is a great place to hang your colorful scarves, purses, and belts. I even have my nail polish holder on a spice rack (here’s the one I use) and my jewelry hanging (here’s the one I have) in my closet as it was just wasted space. Another thing I like to have in my closet is a movable storage dresser drawers for a lot of my beauty products. It keeps them all nice and organized. I happened to find it on Craigslist for less than 1/3 the retail cost, but this is really rare. I like the particular height and width of it. It fits extremely well in any size closet as I’ve moved it through the years.
Find a storage system for your shoes. There are plenty of shoe organizers available to keep your shoes in; you just need to see what one works best for your area. You can find tons of shelving or cubbies that work great for keeping them separated and easy to find. Here are the ones I use. Be sure to measure your wall space and use the appropriate sizes. Usually you can get a couple of them and have them side by side and even stacked on top of each other as they come with little dowels to hold them in place. It’s a very cost effective and fantastic way to organize your shoes. If you don’t have the space in your closet, you may want to think about one of the hanging organizers that fit well on the back of a door.
What tips work well for you in how to organize your closet?