4 Steps to an Organized Closet
Focus on the hanging clothing. Flip through all those sweaters, polos, dresses, and slacks. Anything you don’t absolutely love wearing, pull it off the hanger and drop it in a bag for donation. That’s it! Ok, I know that it isn’t always easy to let go of clothing, even pieces you no longer wear. However, keep in mind that donating is a good option for others (who will benefit from your charity) and for you (who will love looking in your closet and only seeing clothing you really love). Check out our resources page for a list of local charities that accept clothing donations.
Focus on shoes. Take the same approach as with clothing. Any shoes that you don’t wear, don’t fit, or aren’t comfortable should go in a bag for donation. They may be cute, but if they are not getting worn, they are taking up valuable real estate in your closet. If you have a guest room with a closet, consider storing off-season shoes there to free up even more space in your primary closet and make getting ready in the morning even easier. In this step you may find yourself with extra time and energy. If so, you have two choice – reward yourself for a job well done by taking a break and doing something you enjoy, or feel the organization course through your veins and spend another 15 minutes collecting any bathroom items (perfumes, make-up, travel bottles) from the closet and take them to the bathroom. The choice is yours and they are both good ones.
Do you have Target bags on your closet floor or on the high up shelves? What about those reusable grocery totes that like to collect miscellaneous items from around the house? Don’t worry, we all do. Now that you have done an amazing job thinning your clothing and shoes you are ready to tackle those bags. Take them out one at a time and if they are scary, give yourself a time limit to work on them instead of forcing yourself to complete a certain number of bags. This will allow you to work towards your goal without getting frustrated because you will know exactly how many more minutes are left. It may be a good idea to set aside small amounts of time each day for this step, rather than try to tackle it all on a Saturday or Sunday. I also highly suggest picking an upbeat, amazing song to dub your “I can organize anything song” and play it whenever you need the inspiration. I like to pick a new song every month to keep things interesting and if left to my own devices may even throw in a dance step or two when I’m feeling particularly overwhelmed by the task.
It’s the home stretch! You’ve already made amazing progress by working on clothing, shoes, and miscellaneous items in your closet. Now comes the fun part. In this step, set aside time to arrange the remaining items in a way that makes sense to you and allows you to find what you are looking for quickly and easily. I like to arrange my closet by sleeve length, then color-coded within these categories, but keep in mind that I may not be a normal human being. My husband considers his closet organized if he has put everything on a hanger and most items are turned right-side out. To each his or her own. Last step: take all those donations to a drop off point or schedule for a pick up, depending on the charity you have decided to donate to.
Congratulations on a job well done! Enjoy your organized closet!