Whether you have a traditional or walk-in closets, it can quickly become filled with items you do not use and often times, clothes you no longer wear.
Keeping your closet organized is a way to always know what you need and to find that favorite shirt and getting ready in the mornings so much simpler! It also means you won’t forget about those shoes you bought that are hiding in the corner, still in the box!
De-cluttering your closet can be very overwhelming. No need to worry as I am sharing my very own tried and true tips and techniques for organizing our closets.
I tackled my closet this weekend. It took me around 45 minutes to get it done – so not too terribly long. It looks so much better and now, I can find the clothes I want (and I actually got rid of a large trash bag of shoes, bags and clothes)!!
Make sure you print out your checklist below. You will also find the step by step instructions bel0w, along with more detail to help explain the tips a bit more. The manner in which I organize my closets also depends upon whether it is a traditional or walk-in. I’ve broken the tips down in greater detail for you, so you can use the one that works best for you.
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1. Get boxes and/or bags for donations and trash. Keep these handy and as you go through items, you can toss them accordingly.
2. Empty all items onto a staging area. This is often the bed, but could be a chair or even a corner of the room. By taking all items out of our closet, you have a blank slate and are ready to get started.
NOTE: When I clean our walk-in closet, I will not always take everything out. Instead, I start in the left corner and start at the top and work around and clean off the shelves. I then go back to the left corner and work around and clean out the racks. I finish by doing the same on the floor. I still follow the steps below, but rather than having it all on my bed, I may keep the sorting tricks in mind as I go through each space.
3. Clean the closet. Wipe down any shelves. Clean the corners to remove any cobwebs. Finish up by sweeping or vacuuming the space.
4. Sort through the items you took out of your closet. As you have things to donate, fold and place them into the box or bags. If they are trash, toss them. Find one area where you will place all of the items you wish to keep. Here is a guide to follow when it comes to sorting.
– items you still wear
– items that are not worn out
– items you still like (but may wear off season)
– items that need repair and you will actually fix
– any items you do not like or wear
– do not keep anything out of guilt
– duplicates of things you do not need (baskets, 4 pair of brown shoes, etc)
– anything that has holes and/or is beyond repair (or that you do not want to repair)
5. Remove items that do not belong in the closet. If you find old magazines, photos, empty boxes, remove them from the space completely by returning them to their home. Remember that it is best to put them away immediately and not allow clutter to gather in another space.
6. Return items back to the closet. Start first with the clothes. Place those you want to wear for the current season into the location where you will see them first (keep them out of the back of the closet). Put the non-seasonal items towards the back.
If you have space, try to fold jeans, sweaters and sweatshirts as they do better this way than when being hung on hangers. If you need to hang pants, try to use pant hangers so that they hang full length, which avoids those horrible creases.
HINT: Turn the hangers backwards. As you launder and hang items back up, put the hanger back the right way. Then, at the end of the season you can quickly see which items you never wore, which means it is time to donate them!
If possible, get a rack to double the space for your shoes. You can find hanging racks for the back of doors or even shelves for the floor. Do what you can to maximize your space. Make sure the shoes you wear most frequently are within easy reach. One easy organizing tip is to place shoes like this — right heel facing out left to facing out. That takes up a bit less space, but you can still find them easily.
Place items back onto the shelves. Try to fold jeans and sweaters. This will prevent hanger marks and those dreaded “sweater points” when you go to wear something.
7. Make a list of all of the items you now need. As you get rid of items, make a list of what you need to replace so that you can watch for a sale!
Now your closet is organized and which may just save you a bit of time when getting dressed in the morning!