Don’t you just want to curl up in your bed and hide away when you hear the words “Time to fix the closet”… Yes fixing your closet can be time consuming and chaotic. However, it is just something that needs to be done from time to time so why not make the most of it?
Okay… So where do we start in this mess?
Designate a staging area and empty your closet out. You can use your bed or a cleared-out corner of the room. This important first step requires you to remove everything: clothes, hangers, boxes, folded blankets or piles of old magazines.
Use a collapsible clothing rack to hang clothes so you can clearly see and sort exactly what you have. The rack is a nice addition for your laundry room once the closet project is over.
Take your time with this process, maybe play some of your favorite music and ask a friend or family member to help if heavy items need to be moved.
Organize items into specific categories and take inventory. You can place like items in cardboard boxes, plastic containers or in piles, and use labels to help keep track of each group of items.
We suggest starting with “keep,” “toss” and “donate” piles, alternatively if you prefer to start with broader categories (clothes, shoes and linens) and then divide everything into smaller subcategories (sweaters, winter boots and sheets) and then put them into the “keep”, “toss” and “donate” pile.
Its time to make sure all your items belong on the right shelf in the right closet. Eliminate items that don’t belong in that particular closet.
This is the time to return out-of-place items to their rightful home. But try to stay focused on planning one closet at a time. You can turn your attention to other closets at a later date. Pack shirts with shirts, pants with pants, dresses with dresses. Try colour code them for ease of reference as well.
Assign one shelf in your closet where you use most frequent items this could be your favourite shirts, pants, skirts etc This will help you save time in the morning when you in a hurry and can’t find that favourite top, skirt or pants you want to wear!
While you at it sort out your winter & summer clothing, pack all out of season clothing in a box and store in the garage or on a shelf that is not used on a day to day basis.
Not sure what to do with your shoes?
Are all your shoes sitting at the bottom of your cupboard in a mess? We suggest packing your shoes in boxes or hanging organizers.
Ever experienced wear and tear with your boots? Well to avoid it put rolled newspaper in the boots to keep it standing upright.
What to do with all your handbags & accessories?
Put your scarves on tie racks and keep your handbags, hats and belts on hanging racks. You will not only find that it looks much neater but you will be able to find your accessories looking much easier!
Remove unwanted items. This might be the most difficult part of the closet planning process. It helps to establish some basic rules up front, like anything with holes or pairs of shoes or socks missing their partner must go. Ask yourself some questions:
Questions to ask yourself?
- Have I worn this shirt or skirt in the last year?
- Does this jacket still fit?
- Do I really need 12 baskets that look exactly the same?
The answer to many of the questions will likely be “no” and then you can decide if you want to donate items to charity, try selling items online, hold a garage sale or take unwanted items to a local consignment store.
If you don’t want to sell your used goods, hold a swap meet with friends and neighbors who want to eliminate clutter from their home. Many times a beautiful sweater that looks snug on your daughter can be a perfect fit for the child down the street. Just avoid the tragic storage mistake of leaving the swap meet with items you don’t need. Remember; Keep your eye on the prize!
Clean the closet itself. While you might think an empty closet is “clean”, now is the time to wipe down the closet walls and vacuum or mop the closet floor.
Once items are removed, you will probably find stray clothing tags, store receipts or dust bunnies. If the walls need painting, choose a paint that is specifically formulated to be mold and mildew-resistant.
If you find your closet walls have mildew or mold after you remove items, have a professional examine your walls and properly clean and paint them.
The do’s and don’ts
- Store out of season clothing out of the way, but somewhere you can still find it.
- Match your hangers to the same colour.
- Donate the clothes or items that you don’t use or need.
- Is your closet also the area where you get dressed? If the answer is yes, put a mirror on your cupboard door so you can see your whole body so you can make sure you look great before you step out to start your day!
- Don’t put clothing on the chair or on the floor, it will end up just piling up and creating chaos in your closet
- Create a routine that each time you undress you place all clothes int the washing basket immediately, this way your closet remains neat and organised!
- Don’t keep items that aren’t clothing in your closet!
Now with these tips and advice you should be prepared for the night out with your girls in you favorite shirt!
If you want to improve your life immediately, clean out your closet. Often it’s what we hold onto that holds us back- Cheryl Richardson