Your closet can become messing quickly and filled with things you do not need. It is easy to learn how to organize your closet when you follow these simple tricks!
An organized closet helps you always find that favorite shirt. It also makes getting ready in the mornings so much quicker! Never again 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 only took me around 45 minutes to get it done. It was not a difficult or lengthy task.
Now, my closet is organized and looks so much better! I can finally find the clothes I want to wear.
Below you will find step-by-step instructions you can follow to organize your closet. And, if you want a checklist to help, click on the image below to get yours!
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HOW TO ORGANIZE THE CLOSET
1. Get boxes and/or bags for donations and trash
Keep these handy, and as you go through items, you can toss them accordingly. Label them accordingly so that you can toss items into the appropriate bag or box.
2. Empty all items onto a staging area
I use the bed for my staging area, but you could use a chair or even a corner of the room. You want to remove everything, so you have a blank slate.
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.
Then, 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 put all of the items you wish to keep. Here is a guide to follow when it comes to sorting.
– items you still wear
– things that are not worn out
– items you still like (but may wear offseason)
– articles that need repair and you will fix
– any items you do not like or wear
– do not keep anything out of guilt
– duplicates of things you do not need (baskets, four pairs of brown shoes, etc.)
– anything that has holes and is beyond repair (or that you do not want to repair)
5. Relocate items that do not belong in the closet
If you find old magazines, photos, empty boxes, remove them from the space by returning them to their home. Remember that it is best to put them away immediately and not allow clutter to gather in another area.
6. Return items back to the closet
Start with your clothes. Place those that are for your current season towards the front or location where you will first see them. Then, place non-seasonal items in the back
If you have space, 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 backward. 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 shoe rack to have double the space for shoe storage. 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.
7. Make a list of all of the items you now need
As you get rid of things, make a list of what you need to replace so that you can watch for a sale! Slowly replace items.
Now your closet is organized and which may just save you a bit of time when getting dressed in the morning!