To make the most of your wardrobe, organizing your closet is a must. Some people choose to enlist the help of a professional, but it’s definitely something that can be done yourself. Here are some tips to get started.
Step 1: Get the Right Tools
Before you begin organizing your closet, make sure you have all the supplies you will need. For example, you might want a tape measure on hand to map out your hanging space and shelving areas. Keep a pencil and notepad close by to write down ideas and measurements. You will also need a basket or box for the odds and ends like rubber bands or loose change left behind once you move all of your belongings. Make sure you have enough supplies of scarf organizers and accessory hangers, they´ll help save space in your closet.
Step 2: Empty Your Closet Space
Remove everything from inside your closet. Make sure you put items that you do not use in the trash or donation box. The more organized you are when you take the items out of your closet, the easier it will be to reorganize when your closet is ready. After everything is out, make sure you clean thoroughly. Dust the walls, shelving and hanging rolls. Wipe down any bins or baskets that collect dust and dirt.
Step 3: Sort Your Stuff
Now it is time to sort through your belongings. If clothing does not fit or you do not wear it anymore, place the items in your trash or donation box. Ask yourself “Do I love it?” “Do I still wear it?” If the answer is yes to BOTH questions, confidently place it in your “keep” pile. For those pieces that place you on the fence, ask yourself “will I honestly ever think about this garment if I tossed it?” Don’t forget about all the wonderful charities that except used clothing for good causes like Goodwill or The Salvation Army.
Step 4: Organize Your Space.
Think about what items you use the most frequently. Place these items towards the front of the closet, preferably in the middle; you should not have to dig through off-season articles to find your favorite shirt or dress. Try to group outfits together in a way that is logical to you; whether it is by color, thickness of materials or length, make sure that, when you want to find a specific garment, you know exactly where to search.
Organize all of your accessories and put them where you can see them.
Don’t forget to utilize the door or the area below the hanging items! Perhaps utilize a shoe rack like the ones found here to conserve space and organize your footwear. You may need to purchase some additional storage products like a storage bin for storing less-used items. When making your purchases, use your measurements to ensure that they properly fit in the designated area. Also, if your containers are not transparent, customize labels that can face outward so there is no guesswork when determining where to find what.
Remember, this is your chance to be creative and give yourself easier accessibility to all of your belongings. It’s also a good chance to sort out the items that you need versus the items that can be given away to the less fortunate. Happy Organizing!