A beautiful, custom closet is on almost everyone’s home renovation checklist. It’s one room that is often overrun by clutter and can cause a lot of unnecessary frustration. If you’ve been wanting to overhaul your closet to make things more organized, we have some clever tips for you to try.
Tip #1: Throw everything on the floor!
The only way to truly organize your closet is to clear it out completely. That means emptying everything onto your bedroom floor or bed. The goal is to visually see every item together, so that you have a true understanding of how much stuff is in there and what is in there.
Once you’ve taken a quick inventory, it’s time to sort the contents into piles. This can be challenging, as you’ll likely want to hold onto things you should let go. Set a clear rule such as, “anything that hasn’t been worn in the past six months has to go.” This will make detaching a bit easier.
We recommend starting with three piles: keep, sell/donate, and trash. Things that have holes, stains, or lots of fabric pilling can be thrown away or reused as cleaning rags.
If you don’t have the time to take on a resale side hustle or you’d rather donate your unwanted items to someone in need, find a local organization or shelter that accepts clothing drop offs.
After this exercise, you should have significantly reduced the amount of things in your closet, and you should only be left with items that you absolutely love. This will make it much easier to maintain an organized closet.
Tip #2: Install a closet organizer.
Aside from spillover, another main reason closets get so out of control is because they lack a true design. A closet rod and a dresser is great, but with that alone, there’s bound to be disorder.
Your closet should include all of the basics: shelving, hanging areas of varying heights, drawers, and shoe shelves. Additional accessories like hampers can also be built into your design to help you stay organized.
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Tip #3: Create a fool-proof organizational system that works for you.
Whether you prefer to sort by color, season, or occasion, each part of your closet should be designated to store a certain type of item. When you have a clear plan on how to utilize every inch of your closet, you increase the likelihood of things staying in order indefinitely.
When deciding on an organization method, it’s best to follow what’s most intuitive to you. Think about how you currently navigate your closet. Does your lifestyle require you to dress for many different occasions, from going to the gym to the office to networking events? In this case, organizing by occasion might be most helpful.
If you’re a “jeans and t-shirt” kind of person that mixes it up mostly by color or style, then separating items by color could make getting dressed in the morning much easier.
The only wrong way to organize your wardrobe is not organizing at all. Don’t worry about what method is trendy or popular. Find the strategy that works best for you, so that you are more likely to keep up with it.
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