The Basics of Closet Organization

Can’t find that favorite shirt you thought you had?  Do you wish you could find a pair of shoes that matches without having to dig through a huge pile?  You’ve got a top and bottom sheet but can’t find the matching pillow cases? It sounds like you need to organize your closet!  This can be an overwhelming task unless you’ve got a good game plan.  With these tips, you’ll be able to organize your closet and get your life back in order!

Closets can be time consuming to organize.  Don’t get overwhelmed; do a little bit at a time.  Take all of the items out, figure out what you have versus what you need, organize, and when you put the items back, you’ll be amazed at how much more room you have!

Linen closets are the easiest.  They’re mostly towels and sheets.  A great way to store sheets is in the actual pillow cases if they fit!  Color coding these and categorizing for each season will make it a lot easier. Store the winter and flannel sheets together, and the lighter, summer ones together.  As far as towels go, these are easy to organize if you store by size.  Store washcloths together, hand towels together, and bigger towels together. If you have other items in your linen closet, little baskets make shelf organization easy.

Clothes closets are the most time consuming to organize but you’ll feel a great sense of accomplishment once you’ve finished!  First of all, take everything out of the closet. This will help you evaluate how much you have and what you need to get rid of.  Purge the items you don’t need.  The clothes that don’t fit, or the ones that aren’t in style anymore, the shoes that are too worn out even for gardening, etc. The key is, less is more.  The more you donate, the better you’ll feel, and the more room you’ll have.  Set up three piles; donation, garbage, and keep.  Ask a friend or family member to give you an objective opinion. It’s easier to justify donating items if a friend can help you decide what needs to go, and what should be kept.

Once you’ve gone through all your items and donated the ones you don’t need, it’s time to categorize the items that are left.  Shoes, sweaters, pants, dresses, etc.  Figure out how much space is needed to hang what needs to be hung up, versus what can be stored on a shelf.  Since your closet is completely empty, you can get a good idea if you’ve got the right shelving and storage solutions in your closet, comparing that to your items that will be going back in the closet.

Starting with your shoes, your local home improvement store should sell shoe boxes that are a great option to store shoes in.  They’re clear so you can see what’s in them without opening them.  These are great for keeping shoes organized.  If you don’t have an ample storage solution for your clothes, you can purchase appropriate shelving at a home improvement store, or have a professional company come in and design your dream closet.  If you go to a local store, you can ask an employee that works there what would work best for you.  Bring along your dimensions, and even a picture of your closet, so you can get a good idea of what you need.

Also, purchase some new hangers.  Wooden ones are great because they’re heavy duty.  And when everything is hung up, it’ll look uniform and organized.  Once you get the shelving all picked out and it’s installed, hang everything back up in an organized fashion.  Color coding your clothes is a great way to hang items in your closet.  It cuts down the time on trying to find that blue sweater you swore you had.  Use the rainbow as your guideline, starting from left to right.  If you’re the type of person that switches out your wardrobes by season, you’ll have even more room in your closet now!

As a general rule of thumb, the more organized you are, the better off your life is going to be.  You’ll be able to see how many items you actually have and what you need, whether it’s your linen closet, bedroom closet, or coat closet.  It can be a big task, but if you keep it organized, you’ll wonder how you ever lived with it any other way!

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