Organizing Your Closet

82090000-smallHaving an organized closet is the first step to having an organized room, leading to a more organized life. Utilizing every last inch of closet space will go a long way in helping you stay uncluttered and organized.

The first step is to sort through all of your clothes to determine what you really need. Remove all the clothes from your closet, bins and drawers. Then, go through every article of clothing and keep only the ones you wear on a regular basis and clothes you would miss if they weren’t in your closet. If you’ve worn a certain item in the last week, month, or even few months, you should hold on to it as long as it’s seasonally appropriate.

Create a separate pile for clothes that you will store and that are not seasonally appropriate. If it’s the middle of the summer, store your scarves and sweaters. You can also store clothing that you may not necessarily wear, but still hold sentimental value, like a sweater your grandmother knitted for you. When you’re done sorting through these, put them in a plastic bin and store them in the back of your closet, under your bed or in a different part of your home if you have room.

The last step in organizing your closet is deciding which clothing you will donate or throw out. If you want to have a truly organized closet, then your goal should be to get rid of as many items as possible. If you haven’t worn something in over a year and it has no sentimental value, it’s time to donate it. If you have an item that is so worn, faded or covered in moth holes, then it’s time to throw it out.

If your closet is big enough, it’s likely you’re storing things other than clothes such as shoes, boxes with mementos or old photo albums. Sorting through these and throwing away what has little to no sentimental value will help free up space for more storage. Swapping out old cardboard boxes for plastic bins can look more visually appealing as well as last longer over time.