It’s time to start organizing! Does your bedroom closet look like a bomb went off? If so, we’ve got the right tips to help you get your wardrobe back in order. Organize your closet in 4 steps.
1- Empty Your Closet
Pull it all out! Rearranging a few things at the front may make things a little more visually pleasing, but you won’t gain much space that way. All of your least used or broken items are probably lurking at the back of your closet… which means that everything has to come out! This may seem daunting, but it’s essential if you want to organize right.
2- Inspect, Prioritize, Donate
We know, this step is not a revelation. However, it is hugely important if you’re looking to make a dent in your closet chaos! There are a lot of different tricks to help you decide what you’re going to get rid of. One of the simplest first steps you can take is to throw out any item that is broken, stained, or otherwise unwearable. Were you planning to sew the buttons back on that dress? If it’s been more than a year since you made that plan, toss it. Similarly, even if you can hardly bring yourself to toss a beloved shirt, if that coffee stain didn’t come off the 12th time you washed it, it’s not coming off. To the garbage can! Finally, you may have other clothes that are perfectly wearable, except they just don’t fit. Anything that is 2 sizes too big or small should go to the donation bin.
The next steps are a little bit harder. At this point you will be left with all the clothing that is perfectly fine to wear! And, you can’t stop the voice in your head that says maybe some day soon, you will wear it. However, clothing like the shirt you bought 3 summers ago and never quite find an occasion to wear are the real culprits that are crowding up your precious closet space. To help you decide what to donate, try making three piles: Keep, Donate, and Maybe. The Donate items should go directly into a box, and no second guessing! The keep items will be anything that you have no doubts about holding on to, such as your go to pair of pants or the sweater you wear religiously every time it gets cold. Your maybe pile allows you to put all the items you are unsure about in one place, and then come back to them to really think. Set a goal to only keep half or a quarter of your maybe pile, to help you prioritize which items you actually care about. Then, donate the rest! (We encourage you to donate used clothing, but please never donate any items that are stained, ripped/broken, too old, and so on).
3. Change Your Hangers
Chances are, you have an eclectic mish-mash of hangers that have been recruited over the years to hold your clothing. Non-matching hangers are not a big deal. However, bulky hangers are! Using slimline hangers will help you save space without sacrificing more of your precious wardrobe: they give you twice the space of normal wood or plastic hangers. Extra space means more room to organize!
4. Use Various Storage Solutions
One of the best ways to keep your closet organized is by using a wide range of storage types. If your closet has nothing but hangers, chances are you’re missing out on precious space! One of the most commonly wasted spaces in your closet is the area above your hangers. Install shelving to take advantage of this empty vertical space, and store your shoes and/or off-season clothing. If you’re placing off-season clothing on these shelves, try filling up storage boxes and labelling: ex. “shorts,” “sweaters,” “beachwear.” Another common place to store your shoes is along the bottom of your closet with simple open shoe racks. Tip: try storing shoes with the right toe and left heel facing towards you, so you can see the whole shoe without taking it off the rack. You can also maximize floor space by putting your dirty laundry hamper in the corner of your closet. This will make your bedroom itself feel cleaner as well, as having a hamper nearby will discourage simply throwing your clothes on the floor at the end of a long day.
We hope these tips helped you to clean out and organize your bedroom closet! For more articles like this, look here.