It feels great to have an organized closet, but it always seems like such a daunting task to undertake. Let us simplify the process for you with our 6 steps to a perfect closet!
I am one of those rare people that love to organize, but I know that organizing isn't most people's idea of a fun time. Even though I enjoy it, I had been putting off organizing my bedroom walk in closet. This week i finally got around to it, and now that it is done I feel so accomplished. In fact, it feels so great that I decided to share my process with you. Here are the 6 steps I would recommend for how to organize your closet and transform it into a de-cluttered, stress-free zone.
1. Get Rid of Stuff
This was the the hardest part for me, but it needs to be done. Let's face it, we all have items that are sitting around that we never wear. Maybe you have an old ratty shirt with holes and a ketchup stain. Today is the day to finally get rid of it. A good rule of thumb is if you haven't worn it in the past year it is safe to say you probably never will. So be strict with yourself, and if you know deep down you aren't going to wear it, give yourself permission to part ways with it.
2. Sort the Items You are Getting Rid of Into Categories
There are a couple things I like to do with the items I am getting rid of. I donate them to Goodwill or if they are still in good shape and are in style I sell them to local second hand clothing stores. That way I can earn some cash from my closet organizing efforts. Sort your items into a giveaway pile and a pile of your better items that you think you can sell.
3. Come Up With Your Game Plan
Ponder your closet's layout and strategize what types of items you'd like to place in each area. Make sure that the items you use the most are the most accessible. This planning phase allows you to see what kind of storage space you are missing that you need to supplement with organizers from the store.
4. Go Shopping
When I say go shopping, I don't mean go buy more clothes. You are supposed to be decluttering remember! However, this is the time to purchase additional organizers and whatever you need to complete your closet makeover. Try to use every bit of space that your closet has to your advantage. For example, to make the most of my closet's bars and make up for my lack of shelf space, I purchased hanging fabric shelves. They have velcro straps that allow them to hang from the closet's bars. I use them to organize shoe boxes. I also realized that I can use the back of my door to store even more shoes. I purchased a long organizer that hangs from the door. I use it to store less bulky shoes like flip flops and flats.
When it comes to finding organizational items, there are lots of places to find great deals and save money. The dollar store is a magnificent place to find plastic storage bins. Yard sales are also a fabulous resource. At yard sales I've received bags of hangers for free, and I've found plastic bins for cents a piece.
My other tip for how to organize your closet while saving money is conserve your hangers. Consider double hanging tanks and camisoles 2 per hanger. You could also purchase handy tank top hangers like the one found here at Bed Bath and Beyond that allow you to hang many tanks on one hanger. They also make hangers like that for belts, scarves, and pants.
5. Put Everything Back In Its New Place
Bring in your new organizational items and start putting everything back in its place. I like to have all my pants, dresses and skirts hanging on the same bar. Then I use my other bar to hang tops and jackets. I like to take it a step further and organize the clothes by color. I even put my sleeveless and short sleeve items in the front and the long sleeved items in the back.
6. Consider Labeling Things
If you have a hard time remembering where you put things, you might find good old fashioned labels helpful. Michaels and other craft stores sell really cute stick on labels that you can put on your bins and shoe boxes to remind you what is inside each one. Some people even take pictures of what is inside each of their boxes and bins and they tape that to the front of the bin.
You can apply a lot of these same tips to organizing other parts of your home. I go through much of the same process when I clean out my pantry and cabinets. One of things I found enjoyable about this process is that it helped me rediscover items I'd forgotten about that I am excited to use again. The hard part is making sure that I put things back where they're supposed to go after using them. It's so easy to get in the habit of throwing things around especially when I'm in a hurry, but I find that it is worth the extra bit of time to put things back. That is all my tips for how to organize your closet. Do you have any good tips for me? I'd love to hear your advice!