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Organizing Closets

What a difference a day makes. That’s about how long it will take you to totally refurbish your clothes closet. A weekend, perhaps, if you have to shop for an organizing system.

So many people have the exact same question, “If I have so much storage space in my house, why can’t I find a closet to put extra stuff in?”

The problem is that most people did not start their storage space out with any kind of order, so that makes it difficult now to get arranged and organized.
But it’s not impossible and chances are you could clean and organize all the closets in your home in one day. Really! With a little thought and planning, you can be clutter-free in your closets.

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You are the best one to know what’s in your closets and where they are located. You need to decide exactly what you would like each closet to be used for. At the end of the day, you do not want to see your good china in the closet out in the garage or your kid’s toys in the kitchen closet.
Designate each closet for the main purpose and if you must, label the door. For instance, the closet next to the front door is for overcoats, boots, hats, and umbrellas.

You will need hangers, plastic boxes with lids, big and small, tie racks, hooks, baskets for putting like items, shoe racks or boxes, and keep a hammer and nails close at hand.

5 Easy Steps To Organize Your Closet

1. Start at the top, taking everything down, and noting if you have used it in the past 2 years. That’s the rule. If you haven’t – it goes in the giveaway or the trash pile. Then wipe the shelf clean. Use plastic boxes for like items, make a label to identify contents.

2. Do not hang onto useless stuff unless it’s memorabilia, and then start a container for that and decide if it goes to another closet. Try to keep like items with like items. A box of boxes is generally not something you need causing clutter in a closet. If you need a box, we all know where to find them.

3. Sort and separate the entire closet. If you find many items floating around, like ties or cooking pans or utensils, use one of the racks or hooks attached carefully to the door or wall to solve the problem. When you find kids or miscellaneous stuff – put it in the crates and you can sit down and go through the crates while watching TV tonight.
Now as you’ve been cleaning the shelf, putting all like items together, return them in an orderly fashion.

4. Look through the clothes and hang the shirts with shirts, and so on. Everything gets its own hanger, no sharing. Now disregarding the four piles on the floor – stand back and take a Look. Without that clutter it looks 100 percent better, clothes are organized and now you can actually find something.
The infrastructure of your closet should accommodate your clothes and other items so that they’re visible and accessible, as well as flexible enough to change as your wardrobe changes. The design of the space should take into account any physical limitations, such as back or knee problems, that will affect the height at which your clothes should be stored (in order to avoid reaching up or bending down).
Begin by sorting your clothes into shirts/ blouses, pants, skirts, sweaters, jackets, long dresses, and so on. Estimate both the amount and type of storage you need – shelving, drawers/cubbyholes for foldable, rods for hanging items, and assorted accessories like tie hooks and shoe racks. You can also sort your clothes by color, season (store off-season items elsewhere), use (work, casual, formal), and person (for shared closets). Then, it’s time for you to go shopping.

5. Do a major purge once a year if the structure is working, your closet is meeting your needs and you’re not a compulsive shopper. Do a little every day – take five minutes to hang up clothes and throw the laundry in a hamper (preferably in the closet) – then it doesn’t seem like such an onerous task.