Looking for something to do on your 9th snow day of the year? Organize your closet. It might not sound like a good time, but you know it needs to be done. When was the last time you saw the floor in there?
When you’re ready to get started, here are three easy steps that will make it more manageable.
Put everything from your closet into one of these piles:
- Give Away
- Throw Away
The general rule about whether or not to keep something is this: get rid of anything you haven’t worn in over a year. If you can’t remember how long it’s been since you wore it, then you know the answer. Get rid of it.
If you have items you don’t want to keep but are still in good shape, put them in the Give Away pile. There are plenty of charitable organizations looking for donations. And if the clothing is in style (no, shoulder pads are not in style), consider taking some of the items in your Give Away pile to a consignment store.
The closet is an area of the house that rarely gets a good cleaning. So while it’s empty, use a damp rag to wipe down those dusty walls, shelves and drawers. Hang scented sachets and place them in any drawers and on shelves (dryer sheets work well too!).
Sort through your “Keep” pile and bring order back to your closet. There are a number of ways to do this, such as:
- Group similar items together
- Use colored hangers for each clothing type
- Designate “zones” in the closet so putting away clothes is simple every time
- Organize by color of clothing
- Purchase hanging accessory bags and storage compartments to make the most of the vertical space in your closet
After all of that sorting, purging, hanging and organizing, if you’re still lacking space or necessary shelving to keep your closet tidy and organized, then consider investing in a closet system with built-in shelves, drawers and areas for long and short hanging items.