Organizing your closet can be a very daunting task. Many people feel that is takes too much time to do and often don’t know how to start the process. There are six steps that can be followed to help you on your way to closet organization.
Step 1: The first step to organize your closet is to remove all the contents of your closet and separate by item types such as shirts, pants, shoes, belts, and miscellaneous items. Create a separate pile or area in your room for each category of clothes.
Step 2: Next you will want to sort through your piles of clothes and create sub-piles based on the following criteria, clothes you wear on a regular basis, clothes that no longer fit you and never will, and items that you no longer like, also known as ‘the ugly’. From here decide what you will keep and what you will toss away or donate to charity. Keep in mind the end goal is to only put back into your closet what you will wear.
Once you have decided on the close you will wear Step 3 is try to separate the clothes by seasons. If your closet space is limited there is no need to take up space with heavy sweaters during the summer months. You can store these items in plastic storage bins that fit under your bed or can be put in an attic or basement. Bring these items back and during the appropriate season and rotate out the clothes. This is the best way to eliminate the problem of overcrowding that leads to closet disorganization.
Step 4: Now that your closet is completely empty use this opportunity to clean out your closet of any dust mites or cobwebs that have developed over the years. It is the best time to get into all the spaces that are usually covered by your clothes and shoes.
Now that your closet is empty and clean you can move on.
Step 5: To avoid falling into the same unorganized trap now is the time to install the items that you will need to keep yourself organized this time. There are many great items available such as tie or belt rack, a shoe organizer, some slim fit hangers or a complete closet organization kit, or even stackable bins, every little bit helps.
Step 6: Now that you have your designated space for your shoes, belts, ties, and clothes it is time to put them away. There is no ‘wrong’ way to do this as long as it makes sense to you. You can organize by color (dark to light colors), by type (tee shirts, long sleeve shirts, sweatshirts), by function (work pants, jeans, hang-out-pants), or any other way that will help you. It is important to use this time to do one last check to ensure you will use everything you are putting back into your closet you will use. If you follow these steps you can be sure to have the organized closet you have been wanting.
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