Have you been putting off organizing your closet because you simply don’t know where to start? Organizing a messy closet can seem overwhelming because of the state it’s currently in. Don’t get stressed out about organizing your space. If you break your organization down into small chunks, it’s very easy to do. Take these five steps and you could have an organized closet in as little as a day:
The first step to organizing your closet is to empty it of all its contents. Go through your clothes and decide what you can donate, what should be thrown away and what you want to keep. If you haven’t worn an article of clothing for at least a year, it should stay out of the “keep” pile. Clothing that you haven’t worn in a year can be donated to your local charity shop provided that it is in good repair. If your clothing needs to be mended, throw it away; if you haven’t fixed it yet, you aren’t going to.
Once your closet is empty and you’ve sorted through your clothes, decide what modifications will help you organize your closet. Do you need extra shelves? Would an extra rod or two be helpful? You can buy closet organizers that are easy to install at any home improvement store. You can install drawer unites, shelving, boxes and hooks in your closet to make it more user-friendly. Decide what you need, sketch out a plan and go shopping.
You’ll never have a better opportunity to clean your closet than you will once it’s empty. Wash down your walls, sweep or vacuum the floors and clean off any hardware that will be staying. If you’re feeling particularly handy, give the walls a fresh coat of paint.
When you’ve bought your shelves, hooks and rods, get set to put them all in your closet. Gather the tools you’ll need, including a level, and follow your sketch as you begin your install. If you don’t have studs in your closet, or if they are placed where they will be of no use to you, make sure you use anchors to prevent the weight of your clothing from pulling your new rods and shelves out of the walls.
Now that you’ve separated your clothing and modified your closet, it’s time to put the clothes that you’ll be keeping back inside. Organize your clothing in a way that makes sense to you. Some people organize by color, by fabric and even by season. Other people match their outfits and hang them together to make getting dressed quick and easy in the morning. However you decide to organize, the key is to stay organized. You don’t want to have spent time and energy creating a fabulous closet only to turn it back into a disaster.
Cleaning out your closet and getting organized doesn’t have to be difficult. Follow the five steps above and you’ll not only have a beautiful closet, but you’ll save a good chunk of time getting dressed for work in the morning.
Hillary West is a full-time writer in San Francisco where she is a guest writer for www.fittedwardrobes.com, a site she loves to recommend for fitted wardrobes. Click here to search for closet organization options.