Tips for Organizing Your Closet Space
Most closets are small, contained areas. As a result, a closet is an excellent place for you to start decluttering, as it is less likely that you will be overwhelmed.
Here are some tips for organizing and maximizing your closet spaces.
Tip #1: Preparation- Put some time aside and gather boxes to place unwanted or damaged clothing. The number of boxes needed depends upon the amount of unwanted or damaged clothes that you are going to want to toss out. However, so you don’t run out, err on the side of caution, and get more than you think you will need. Have a box for keeping, donating, and discarding.
Tip #2:Move Everything Out Of The Closet-Take all of your clothes out of the closet and place it somewhere convenient, or if your clothes are pressed and cleaned, hang it up outside the closet.
Tip #3 Purge: Now, depending upon your attitude, either the most satisfying or heart-wrenching part of decluttering: purging or getting rid of items you don’t need or don’t use.
First, start by looking at each item and ask yourself these questions:
- Have you used this in the last six months or a year for seasonal clothing?
- Is this item worn out, broken, or damaged?
If you determine you are not using the item or it is damaged or worn out, donate it or throw it away in either the keep or donate box. Also, keep a note of clothes that are well used, but necessary (I.E., Tie, or a Suit) need to be replaced.
Optional: If you are having problems with this, consider hiring or asking someone to help you. Also, you are having issues with discarding your unused clothes try keeping your unused clothing for six months. Afterward, if you don’t use any of the clothing, within six months, you then donate those clothes.
Tip #4: What’s Left? Once you have three piles, donate and discard the items that are not returning to your closet. After discarding and donating your unwanted clothing, you should now see what clothes you have left. Begin a list that details what is needed to be replaced and what items are missing from your closet.
Tip #5: Determine what you need for the space to work. If your closet has been messy for a while, you may not have the cabinets that you will need to create an organized space. Most new homes have large closets with built-in space for organization. However, if you have an older home or poor storage, you may have to purchase cabinets or arrange your closet.
So, Determine what you need for space to work and either purchase or build the infrastructure you need. Consequently, if you are low on space for your needed clothes, you need to make a trip to stores like Home Depot or Lowes to see what they have to offer.
Tip #6:Rinse And Repeat: In a week or so, take a look at your remaining clothes and see if you missed any clothes that should be discarded or donated. Consequently, if you did miss any clothes, you then should either give or throw away your additional unused or damaged clothing.
Organizing your closets isn’t as hard as you might think, and the benefits of a clean and organized closet are worthwhile. Also, the new space that you have, in your closet, because of decluttering, helps free up space for NEEDED clothes. So, get on it and then start with the rest of your house.