Turn Your Closet Into a Well-Oiled Machine

A closet is a space that is meant to store items away so that you can keep the rest of your house uncluttered, but have easy access to the those things that you don’t need out all the time when you need them. However, if the thought of opening your closet scares you for fear that you are going to be attacked by whatever is hiding behind the doors, you’ve come to the right place.

Your closet doesn’t have to be a messy, disheveled and disorganized space. With these tips, you can easily turn it into a well-oiled machine.

Get Your Supplies

Before you tackle organizing your closet, make sure you have all of the supplies you will need on hand. The supplies you will need may vary, but in general, the following items will likely be useful for getting things organized:

If the closet you are organizing will be used to store any paperwork, a filing cabinet, folders and binders will definitely be useful, too.

Set Up a Staging Area

Clear out the area surrounding your closet so that you can use it as a staging area. Move all clutter out of the way and make sure that you have an open, clear path to the closet. Also, make sure that you designate locations for specific items that you will be pulling out of the closet. For example, an area to place clothes, one to place shoes, one for accessories, etc. Also, don’t forget to create spaces to hold items that you plan on keeping, donating and throwing out.

Get to Work

Start pulling items out of your closet and place them in their designated areas. Categorizing now will save you a lot of time and make things a whole lot easier when it comes time to load your closet back up.

When determining what you should keep and what you shouldn’t, here’s a good rule of thumb: If you haven’t used it in a year, you probably aren’t going to use it again, so get rid of it. If those items are in good condition, put them in the donate pile; if they are worn or aren’t useful, put them in the toss pile.

Organize the Things You’re Keeping

Now comes the time to start organizing the items you are going to keep. For example, you may want to place all of accessories into bins or baskets; belts in one bin and scarves in another, for example. Make sure to stick pressure sensitive labels onto each bin or basket so that you can easily tell what’s inside them and find what you need when you need it.

When it comes to hanging things, group like items together; for instance, hang long-sleeved shirts together, skirts together, jackets together, etc. You can also further categorize the items that you are hanging by separating items based on color or season; cold-weather jackets can be hung in one group and warm-weather jackets can be hung in another group. You might also want to consider using a labeling system for your hanging items. Designate a particular color for each group of clothing and wrap inkjet labels in that color around the tops of the hangers you will be using in those spaces.

With these tips, you can say goodbye to your messy, cluttered and disorganized closet and hello to an organized and functional space.