Closets seem to be the universal black hole in every house. There is always at least one closet in a home that everybody hopes that you never see the inside of. Instead of cowering in shame when someone gets near that dreaded door, make it a space that is so organized that you will be delighted in showing it off — or at least unembarrassed!
1. Remove it All
Yup, you read that right: All of it. No matter what the contents of your closet contain, you must empty it first to see just how much you’ve stuffed inside of it. Clean and dust the inside once it’s empty; you can buy cleaning cloths wholesale if it’s an especially frightening task.
2. Get Rid of Junk
Why are you holding onto that pair of skis when you haven’t been to the mountains in fifteen years? What is so special about that ratty old sweatshirt that you’re still keeping it? Everyone has items like this, so be honest with yourself when you’re going through stuff.
- Is it practical?
- Do you use it?
- Will you ever use it?
3. Group and Sort
Make use of your closet shelves by placing like items together. You will be amazed at how much shelf space you actually have once the clutter is gone!
- Use baskets lined side-by-side to group things together. For example, one basket can contain gloves and hats, one can hold belts and suspenders and still one can hold flip-flops and summer sandals.
- Use the wall space in your closet to your advantage by hanging hooks for jewelry, scarves and ties.
- Use color-coded hangers. This sounds so silly, but it is an effective tip. It makes everything look uniform and easy to spot what belongs in what category (green for spring wear, orange for summer, etc).
Going through and sorting your closets can be a big task, but it’s a worthy one. You might find yourself opening the closet doors for the sheer pleasure of seeing the organized space you’ve created!