Are you fed up with the mess you see when you open your closet? Maybe it’s high time that you take time to organize your closet and make it look like a human being is using it.
A closet is a space for storing things, usually a spacious cabinet or recessed area that is utilized for keeping clothes, linens and all sorts of stuff. Closets come in a variety of sizes, but with all of things stored in closets, it is inevitable that with time things get jumbled up and the closet becomes disorganized.
Every day we pull out clothes that we are going to use from our closets. And after the laundry is done, we add these clothes back to our closets. Or we pull out sporting equipment and then put it back after our event. All this changing and moving of contents can lead to a total mess.
1. The very first thing you have to do is to remove everything from your closet. This will give you an idea, in case you have forgotten, of how big a space you have to work with.
While your closet is empty, take the advantage to clean it. You can probably rub it down with a washcloth, soap and water. For a more enticing smell, you can use a scented liquid soap to clean your closet. If that doesn’t freshen the appearance, paint your closet. A nice coat of white paint will make your closet look and feel new and clean.
2. The next thing you have to do is to separate the pieces that you have just removed from your closet. This might be the most difficult part of the task especially if you already have a monstrous mass piled up in your closet. You might even discover things that you thought you’ve lost a long time ago.
When separating the items, it is best to have storage bins at hand to help you do the task easily. You may want to have at least three bins — one to hold the things you will be keeping in your closet, the second bin to hold stuff that will be of no use to you anymore and needs to be thrown away, and the third will be for items that you can recycle, donate or sell in your next garage sale. Eliminate unnecessary items immediately from the house in order to avoid second thoughts about disposing the items.
Needless to say, the only bin that you need to keep here is the one that holds your important stuff and those that you will keep in your closet. These items are your current clothes, underwear, accessories, shoes, and other things that you think you will still be using. The other two bins can be forgotten for now. You can organize them later, after you finish your main task of organizing your closet. Just keep them out of sight so you will not be tempted to look at them again.
3. Now that you have only the essential things that need to be in your closet, it’s time to divide them into categories. Of course, accessories, shoes and clothes should be separated from each other. Your clothes also need to be divided into different types and categories.
Your professional clothes should be placed separately from your casual and regular clothes. Pants, blazers, long-sleeved polos, coats and other clothes you wear in business should be kept together. Identify your casual clothes and keep them together. Separate your underwear and socks from your main clothes.
Once that is done, you can now rearrange them again based on the frequency you wear them. Make sure that each of your pieces are neatly folded or ironed. If you think something needs to be ironed again, especially your professional clothes, do not hesitate to do so. This will make your closet look much better.
4. Now that you have divided the important pieces that deserve to stay in your closet, it’s now time to put them back. You may want to use closet organizers from now on like clothes hangers, shelves, and shoe rack. Hang all your pants together, make sure your jeans go together and are separate from your business pants. Hang your other top wear like polos, blazers, and coats keeping the same kind together.
Have those clothes that you frequently use placed on top of the others for easy access. Arrange your shoes in the shoe rack and place them below the hung clothes. You can put shelves on those extra spaces in your closet and place your underwear and accessories on separate shelves.
Drawers tend to be messy, with small stuff like hosiery, socks and office supplies stored in them. Drawer organizers can help owners retrieve their items in an instant. And there are no hassles in installing it too – most drawer organizers are plastic containers and dividers that be easily inserted inside.
Items like hats, coats, jackets and scarves are usually just thrown over sofas and chairs because usually, there is no space in the closet for them. Go through the coat closet. Be certain that each item is used regularly. If there is one item that is rarely used, consider giving it away. Make sure there are enough hangers. There should be only one hanger per each piece of clothing. Hanging one coat over the other can be a hassle when someone tries to retrieve it for use later. Make sure to buy hangers that are durable.
There are hangers on the market that can accommodate up to sixty pounds of clothing but still consume just a small amount of space. This type of closet can be affixed in walls, and can be closed when it is not being used. It can be used either indoors or outdoors, because weather resistant materials are used to manufacture the hanger.
Smaller item like gloves and mittens should be stored in transparent, plastic bags, separate bags for every family member, avoids confusion.
More tips that you might consider are:
A. For more storage space, an additional shelf can be installed between the shelf that is at eye-level and the ceiling. This can be used to store items that are not used as frequently.
B. Arrange items according to the season
Relegate items of the current season at the front of the closet. During the summer, Gather wool clothing and put them at the back of the closet, then put the summer outfits up front.
C. Use a specialized organizer for belts and neckties
For items like belts and tie hangers, revolving tie racks can be used to organize long items to keep from getting the tangled.
D. Install hanging storage for places with small spaces
Hanging storage is perfect for those urban dwellers that live in small, compartmentalized condominium units. These organizers are made especially for items like dresses, shoes, and sweaters. They can be attached easily on closet rods, and this is most effective for cluttered closet floors.
E. Make use of wicker baskets
Wicker or rope baskets are a way to add visual appeal to organizing closets. They come in various colors, sizes and shapes. Baskets are a good option for storing items that are not used often.
Everyone wants to have organized closets in their homes. By following the tips above, one can have spic-and-span storage in no time.