Because closets are out of sight, they’re often forgotten about during housecleaning. A clean closet is a useful and convenient storage area. Here are a few tips to help you organize your closet.
Take Everything Out
To organize your closet, start by taking everything out of it. As you remove your belongings, separate clothes into categories: dress pants, workout attire, casual pants, formal clothing, dress shirts, casual shirts, etc. This way, you can easily go through each pile and see what you actually own. If you notice you have several white dress shirts, you might decide to donate a couple of them.
As you go through the clothes, separate them further into what you want to keep and what will be given away. If you don’t like how an item fits or if it hasn’t been worn in over a year, it should be donated.
Clean the Space Before Your Organize Your Closet
Before you begin to put everything back, clean the area first. Wipe all of the shelves, vacuum the carpet, and clean scuff marks and dirt off of the walls. If you’ve been needing to repaint the closet, now is a perfect time to do so.
Organize Your Closet
Organizing your closet can seem daunting, but with the right strategies, you can finish this project in a weekend. If more storage space is necessary, buy and install wall shelves that can help organize items like hats, purses, and other accessories. Add shelves above the clothing racks, or on any open wall. This helps you use every available space in the closet. Use every inch of the closet for storage.
If you have space, a double hanging rod helps hang more clothing in the same area. For storing shoes, add shelves or install a behind-the-door shoe rack made of mesh, plastic, or metal.
Designate a specific space for everything so clothes and shoes don’t get scattered around. Hang like items together and keep often-used pieces within easy reach. Use higher shelves to store out-of-season or special occasion clothing.
Hang or Fold
Sweaters will stretch out when hung on hangers. Fold sweaters and store them in drawers, on shelves, or in baskets. Materials that can stretch like Lycra and most knitwear should also be folded. Designate places in your closet for these items.
Delicate materials like silk, satin, lace, and starched shirts like cotton dress shirts are stored best on hangers. This will help these garments keep their shape and prevent wrinkles.