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Fall is an ideal time for cleaning out and organizing your home. People often forget about their closets in this process, but an organized closet can make life a whole lot simpler. Here are a few helpful tips to get you on your way to a fully organized and well-arranged closet space.
The first thing you should do when organizing your space is to go through your closet and separate items into piles and bags. Ask yourself whether you need or want each item. If you have not worn the item in the past year, or if it is worn out, get rid of it. If necessary, create an “unsure” pile and go back to it in a few days to re-sort everything. Find family or friends who may want to take your extra stuff, donate it to Goodwill, or just throw it out.
Once you’ve decided what you will keep, sort your clothing by season and item type. For instance, keep all your tank tops together, your pants together and your skirts together. It’s a good idea to hang items by length, from longest to shortest.
Once you have decided what to keep and have sorted everything into piles, it’s time to assess the layout of your closet. Make the most of the space you have by first measuring the space available and finding ways to make use of all interior walls and the backs of doors. Measurements are especially handy when shopping for storage and bins to ensure things will fit properly. Use shoe racks and hooks on the backs of doors.
Use every square inch of your closet. Hang shoe racks on the back of your closet door. Classic belt hangers with multiple hooks are also a good solution for hanging camisoles, bras, or scarves.
Invest in good quality hangers that match and consider buying good storage containers, this will improve the aesthetic and flow of your closet space. Organize your closet, not only by type but by colour and style. This will save you time in the morning whether you have to get ready for a business meeting or for a casual get together with friends. If you have a smaller closet, it may be a good idea to only keep seasonal items there. Have your other clothing in storage boxes. Clear containers make it easier to see what’s inside and makes things more accessible.
Once things are in place and organized, there are a few rules to follow to make sure things stay the same. Firstly, put things back where they belong. Secondly, clean the floor monthly. Going through the closet floor with a broom or vacuum will force you to make sure things are not lying on the floors. Finally, if storage or items in your closet are giving you problems, don’t try to force it. For example, if you hang scarves but they keep falling off their hooks, find another way of storing them. Finally, assess your closet every season – don’t wait for that yearly spring cleanup to go through and sort things.
Start the fall off right – get organized!