Quick tips to organized closets in your home. Don’t be discouraged by your mess, gain control by jumping in headfirst with a little help from me!
Do you ever have those moments when you get home after a long day, open your closet to hang up a coat, purse, or to throw your shoes inside, and it’s as if they whole world (i.e., all the junk in there) comes tumbling down on you? You almost just want to push yourself inside your walk in closet with the mess and shut the door so you don’t have to show your face again. If all else, you just keep the door firmly shut and only enter the dark abyss when you have to. Okay, perhaps this is a little dramatic but messy closets can truly weigh you down.
Closets can become a storage space for all things unnecessary or undesirable. Surprise guests? Throw loose ends in the closet. Quick clean? Throw everything in the closet. Don’t know where that weird electronic cord belongs? Throw it in the closet. The poor closet has no choice in the matter and now it’s stuck looking ugly and cluttered. I don’t like to admit it, but my closets too have suffered this fate.
We know we’re capable of cleaning up… but the time… and the energy… and using closets as a hiding space for everything is so easy… and STOP! Enough is enough. I’m happy to say I’m here to help. And I’m qualified because I find joy in the actual process of organization! So, push your dread to the side and take it one closet at a time with these simple and easy to manage closet organization ideas.
Closet Organizational Tip 1: Put away seasonal clothing in storage bins or large suitcases. After all, you won’t need shorts in the winter or a snowsuit in the summer (and neither does your closet)!
The first thing to do would probably be to grab a cup of coffee or other caffeinated drink, and turn on your favorite tunes. Depending on the size and general mass of your mess, clear an afternoon or set a timer for an hour or two (you can always come back if you don’t have time to finish). One of my favorite hacks is to set a timer for 20 minutes, clean hard until the timer beeps, then take a 10 minute break. Repeat until task is done. You’ll be surprised at how much you get done by simply allowing yourself to take breaks. It will help you become less distracted by what you find, and you’ll have something to look forward to! Clean up the space around your closet so you have plenty of room to remove items. My number one rule with any organizational project is to start with a clean slate. Remove every single item from the closet so you can see what you’re working with and leave nothing untouched.
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Start by taking each item out of the closet and putting it in the correct pile. An important part of organization in any home is to not be afraid to give away or throw away items that you no longer want or use. Repeat after me, “I can give away, and I can throw away.” Good! So now that we have that beast tamed, let’s deal with the junk.
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Chances are, if you haven’t worn an article of clothing in over a year, you don’t need it. The same goes with shoes! A helpful tip I learned a couple years ago was to hang all of the hangers in your closet backwards. After you wear something, wash it, and hang it up correctly. Fast forward a couple of months, check to see which hangers are still hanging backwards, and you will know what clothes you typically neglect and can live without. I’m not talking about your occasion-specific clothing that you may wear at an infrequent wedding or costume party, but all that other stuff that has been hand-me-downed, needs sewing, or looks awful on you. All of this should go! Don’t think about it or let it take up any more space in your life. If your clothes don’t fit anymore, donate them. New clothes are a great incentive to reach your fitness goal to either gain or lose weight.
Once you finish sorting everything into the appropriate piles, take a quick, ten minute break to celebrate and maybe grab a nice cold beverage, and then keep going. Bag up the trash and box the donate pile and have it ready to deliver to the organization of your choice. Put away things that didn’t belong in the closet in the first place and rehang the “keep” pile of clothes.
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Closet Organizational Tip 2: To keep things visually appealing, use uniform hangers and hang your clothing up in categories, i.e., dresses, coats, blouses, pants.
Look to see what you have going on. If this is a hall closet, you may have lots of little things that need containers. First, look around the house for extra organizational baskets, mason jars, or Tupperware. Organize any pieces and slap a label on them. If you don’t have extra, consider investing in some more storage containers. You can find a lot of great closet storage ideas on Pinterest, and a lot of them are either inexpensive to recreate or they’re DIY.
If you have extra purses, shoes, or bags, you will also want containers or hooks for these. Everything needs a home. I recommend having hooks on the back of doors for purses, scarves, and other things you can hang and want to have easy access to. Make sure your shoes are stored on closet shelves or in a container. This not only helps keep your closet more organized, but you are able to see all of your shoes! You know what shoes you have, and thus you will wear those cute shoes you always forget you own. Plus, having your shoes stored up on shelves or in containers keeps them from getting all banged up by constantly being thrown into the back of the closet. Good shoe storage means better, longer lasting gorgeous shoes. And what could be a better incentive than that? By the end of your project, everything, and I mean everything, should have a home.
Before placing everything back in the closet, clean off the shelves and vacuum/mop the flooring. This way, you start out with a freshly clean, perfectly organized closet! And that’s it! You did it! Take it one closet at a time. Use a similar approach for any drawer or cabinet in your house. The secret is to not be afraid to give away and throw away, and soon you too can have organized closets!
I hope these closet organization tips help you conquer any closet in your house that has been overwhelming you. Don’t forget to share so your friends can organize their closets, too. I’d love to hear your comments on how you organized your closet storage. And be sure to let me know if my tips were helpful. Happy organizing!
**Featured image via Arianna Belle