Are the contents of your closet spilling out? Do you find yourself struggling to find what you need when you are getting ready for work? Do you dislike most of your clothing options? Sounds like it’s time for some closet care. These decluttering tips will help you conquer the mess so your closet is organized and functional:
Assess everything and relocate necessary items
You can’t declutter your closet effectively without having a clear picture of everything that’s in it. That means you need to pull everything out and start from scratch. Go through every piece of clothing, pair of shoes, and accessory to determine which items to keep and which items to donate.
Decluttering doesn’t just mean organizing; often it means downsizing. If you have seasonal items currently in your closet, you could free up precious space by storing them in another location such as a spare closet or storage box that fits under the bed.
Figure out an organizational structure
You may have more pants than tops, a large collection of shoes, or several long dresses in your closet. Figure out which items need the most room and how they need to be hung or stored. You might need to use a hanging shoe-rack or over-the door organizer to keep your shoes in order, or change from thick hangers to thin hangers to make more room on the rack, according to Sarah Welch and Alicia Rockmore, writers at HGTV.com. If you are able to pinpoint the barriers to your closet’s functionality, you’ll be able to make your closet look and work better.
“Dividing shirts, dresses, jeans, etc. bring a sense of order and saves time. Solving your biggest problem will motivate you to create the closet of your dreams,” they add.
There are so many storage solutions and products designed for closets, from bags to boxes and accessory containers. With the right products, you’ll be able to customize your closet.
Make it fun
Decluttering your closet is necessary, but it’s a monotonous chore. Make it less daunting with a clothing swap. Not only does a clothing swap with your friends and family members allow you to let go of items, it can also bring new pieces into your wardrobe.
Keep decluttering top of mind
Taking a day or weekend to purge your clothing and reorganize your closet is a useful endeavor. However, if you don’t make decluttering a continual activity, you’ll soon see your closet revert back to its former state.
According to Elizabeth Larkin, writer at TheSpruce.com, decluttering your closet more often will take less time than having to deal with a closet that is bursting at the seams.
“Committing to a weekly clutter sweep means spending 10 to 15 minutes once or twice a week in your closet placing items in your donation box, re-arranging clothing that has fallen out of place, and re-hanging and folding clothes that may be strewn about your bedroom and bathroom,” she advises.
It is possible to have a well-organized and clutter-free closet. By purging unworn items, configuring your closet, adding organizational products, and decluttering frequently, your closet will be exactly what you need it to be every day of the week.