How to Organize Closets

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When it comes to closets, most people think out of sight, out of mind. It’s easy to shut the door and forget about the mess looming inside. However, there are simple ways to get a handle on the clutter and maintain and organized space. Getting rid of everything you don’t need to store and maximizing the available space are key to living in closet harmony. ClosetsSo, swing open those doors and take a look at what’s inside. Here are four easy tips for organizing your closet.

4- Purge

Most closets are stuffed to the brim with clothes, shoes, seasonal items, and whatever else we shove inside to avoid.  The secret to organizing your closet is eliminating items that you no longer need or wear. Sort through your closet and separate items into keep, toss, and donate piles. You should place anything you haven’t worn or used in the past year into the donate or throw away pile, depending on its condition. Also, don’t be afraid to let go of items that you hold dear or have sentimental value. It’s not the item you should cherish, but rather the memory. Once you have sorted everything into the piles, take the designated donation items to your local thrift store and dispose of everything in the toss pile.

3- Install a Closets Organization System

With all of your belonging now out of the closet, rethink your current storage and organization system. Are you using the space effectively? The answer is probably not. There are many quality wood and wire organization systems that are customizable so you can select elements that are best for your closet, including racks, shelves, storage cubes, bins, drawers, and more.  Installing a closet kit only takes a few hours with minimal construction. However, Lowe’s recommends drawing a plan beforehand to determine which solutions are right for your closet before starting installation. The good news is that most closet systems are DIY and very easy to assemble. Make sure to choose a variety of shelves and drawers and switch up the height of the hanging racks so you have room for long dresses or trousers.

2- Use Floor, Door, and Overhead Space

Once the organization system is in place, look up, down, and all around you. Do you have plans to use the space on top of the closet, on the ground, and on the back of the door? Most closets have shelving along the top, which is great for storage bins that keep smaller items together. On the floor, you could include racks for shoes or stack hatboxes. If space permits, you could even sit a small chest of drawers inside the closet. Over-the-door pocket organizers can be used for shoes, hats, scarves, and gloves. Use over the door racks or adhesive command hooks to hang purses, bags, necklaces, or scarves. The idea is to take advantage of all the empty wall space and flat surfaces to maximize storage potential.

1- Implement a Maintenance System

Once your closet is clutter-free and organized, you’ll want to keep it that way. It’s best to implement a system that holds you accountable for maintaining a mess-free zone. When putting all of your clothes back in the closet, out the hangers in backwards. Every time you take something out of the closet to use or wear, turn the hanger to its normal position when you put it back in. After a year, purge everything left in your closet that’s still on a backwards hanger. This is a telltale sign of what you do and don’t need to keep. If you’re looking for a system that’s a little more advanced, try a mobile app that keeps track of everything in your closet. Stylebook is an application designed to help remember what’s lurking in your closet. It’s best used for outfit planning or matching new pieces with things you already own when you’re out shopping. It also helps minimize pulling things out of your closet to look at them and then replacing them in the wrong section and recreating a disorganized mess. It also prevents you from purchasing things you don’t need and trying to cram them into your closet.