A Great Closet is an Organized Closet

By: Sydney Stevenson

It is just one of those jobs that we all despise - organizing a closet! After all, I would much rather just throw the stuff in there, close the door, ignore it and hope it goes away. This may be the most simple solution but it's not the optimal way to have your personal and cherished belongings stored. It can also cause a lot more frustration over time.
But organizing your closet doesn't have to be such a painful job. The key is to take it one day at a time. Here is a simple 5-day plan that will help you get an organized closet.
The first thing you need to do is completely clean out your closet. Take absolutely everything out of the closet and put things into groups. For instance, create one pile for clothes that you no longer wear, another pile for ripped clothes or clothes that don't fit, a pile of miscellaneous items like suitcases, picnic baskets, etc.
Now that you have gone through all of the items in your closet, sort through each pile and toss out anything you don't want or need. Always donate items that are still like new. There is no reason to throw clothes or shoes in the garbage that someone else may be able to use.
Find other places in your house to keep items that don't belong in a closet. Store these types of things in sheds, garages or in the basement of your home rather than the closet. Keep this space for shoes, accessories and clothes.
Once you have discarded, donated or found a new home for your closet items, it is time to ensure you have enough space for the rest. Grab some paper and a pencil and write down each item and how you would like to store it. Then calculate how many hanging items you have, how many items need shelf space, how many pairs of shoes, etc. This will help you decide how to organize your closet. Remember to leave some extra space for unexpected and off-season items.
Make a list of closet concepts that you feel would make your closet perfect. Perhaps you love the idea of some pull out shelves? A hanging light fixture? Or perhaps a new rack for his ties would be ideal. It is important to include these little extras if you can afford it. You deserve to love your new closet and you deserve a reward for tackling this tough job!
Organizing closets can be fun and rewarding if you have a plan and stick to it.

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