My 5 Step Guide To Closet Organization With Tools

Let me get right to the point! Closets are the biggest headache in most homes and I want to show you how to get them off your to do list. The first step in successful closet organization is to take out the clutter. If it doesn’t fit, get rid of it. If you haven’t used it in a year, its time to clear.

These are my mottos and honestly as a former pack rat these principles should apply to all. These methods of closet organizing will free up the much wanted space to get you organized. There are many items to help with this task, including closet shelving, storage containers, special hangers, etc. Depending on what size closet you have will determine what methods you can use to help clean up and clean out effectively.

Since it is the beginning of the year, one of your journal entries was probably “I’ll become more organized” in their New Year’s Resolutions. For all those people who want to become more organized this year and for the years to come, the first place to start the journey is inside the closet.

 

Closet organizing is the most basic yet probably the most difficult of all things that must be done for a spic-and-span home. Most people stuff various items inside their closets such as clothes, shoes, compact discs, jewelry, and whatnot. Many people feel that their closet is their private space which is not accessible to anybody else—unless they gave their permission to that person. Nevertheless, closets must be clean and organized and here is a step-by-step procedure to do just that:

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1. VISUALIZE IT

Everything starts with a simple vision. If you have that picture of how you want your walk-in closet to look then it will be easier for you to figure out how you would be able to accomplish the task of organizing it. Definite images are also better reminders instead of simple posting a note which says “keep your closet clean.” If you can see it in your mind, like anything else you can accomplish it.

 

2. CLEAN OUT YOUR CLOSET

Sure, there may be no cobwebs inside your closet—not yet. But when was the last time you did give your closet system a feather duster treatment? Remember that molds are prevalent especially during winter season. If you do not want to see icky little things growing inside your closet (or your clothes), start cleaning them right away.

 

3. SORT AND SEPARATE

There are various items inside a closet. Try to sort things out by putting clothes and pants in different racks, or storage cubes furniture for example. Or you could put the extra perfume, deodorant, and other valuables cream on a separate storage compartment. This way, it will be easier to see what you are looking for and this ultimately helps in closet organization.

 

4. OUT WITH THE OLD/UNUSED

After you sorted out which things come together, you’ve probably noticed some items which are not worth keeping anymore. This might be old NBA or MLB cards which are worth donating to younger people; clothes that do not fit you anymore; or memorabilia of your Starbuck’s coffee cup with your first boyfriend 20 years ago. Whatever it is that becomes more of a clutter than a keepsake, consider throwing it away or donating it.

 

5. KEEP CLUTTER AT BAY

Tidying things up is only half of the clutter-free formula. If you do not prevent it from coming back then you’ll always end up cleaning something in your closet, right? So before you start throwing things inside your closet organization system again, ask yourself if it is honestly something worth keeping.

Resolutions, such as this one, are the first steps to an improved lifestyle but it is best practiced not only for a month but way until it becomes a recurring habit. Your goal is not only to accomplish this resolution but to end up adopting closet organizational methods as a regular practice.

Now that you have binged and purged you are ready to assess what tools you can use to better enhance your already adopted closet organization tips. You see, I believe and have used the closet organization ideas that have just been laid out but if they are not put to use and aided by helpful tools they will never become a habitual reality.

 

Proven Closet Organization Tools

CUBE STORAGE

Is there a shelf in the top of your closet? Rather than just tossing things onto the closet shelf, consider storage boxes, bins or cubes to hold your items. There are a variety of types and sizes of wood, wire and plastic storage to choose from. Pick one that will fit completely on the shelf. A cardboard storage box may not fair well in a humid area, so in this case plastic storage boxes may be best.

 

HANGING ORGANIZATION

Next let’s move to the closet rod. There are hangers now that will allow you to hang several items in a small place like the wonder hanger. Many do this by folding down to minimize the space taken up on the rod itself. There are also hangers, mostly for pants, that have several bars on them to accommodate multiple items.

Be sure that your closet rods high enough so that when the hanger is folded down your clothing is not on the floor. Utilizing closet organizer systems in this way will allow you to spread out items on the rack or rod, making them more accessible. You can also invest in hanging closet organizer to better serve your wrinkle free clothing.

 

CLOSET SHELVING

If there is space available at the end of the rod, you may consider closet shelving to organize closet essentials. A wire closet organizer would be great in this situation to help you not only separate but also get things off the ground if so desired. There are many types of shelving to choose from. Stationary shelving, either built into the closet or simply set into place. Rolling shelving units are also available and come in a variety of widths and heights. Measure your space carefully and choose a shelving unit that will completely fit in the space.

 

WALK IN ORGANIZERS

 

If you have large walk in closets then chances are you already have a closet organization system in place to help keep you organized. But maybe you simply do not know how to organize a closet effectively. Companies like Rubbermaid and Closetmaid have do it yourself closet organizers that are easy to install and helpful to anyone with the same issue. They are relatively inexpensive and can be found at any home improvement store.

 

Finally if you absolutely run out of room with your closet organizers system there is always the floor of the closet. This is only if you have the need in my opinion and this is where the previous mentioned storage cube earns its keep.

A closet that is well organized makes your life run a bit smoother. Not to mention it will lend to the overall neatness of your bedroom area. I hope these closet organizing methods help you get a better looking and functional closet for years to come.

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