How Do You Tackle the Huge Project of Closet Organization?

How do you know it’s time to spend a weekend on closet organization? Well, if you can’t find what you’re looking for, or if you feel like you take your life in your hands by opening the door, it’s probably time.

You could just take everything out, then put it all back in neatly, but your closet will probably get messy again before you know it. If you’re going to put in the time and effort, might as well do it right. Right?

Here are some closet organization tips from the pros. Follow them, and you’ll not only get your closet the clean and neat, but you’ll also find it easier to keep it clean in the long term.

  1. Start organizing your closet by creating a plan.

    A little planning before you start can help you clear through the project quickly enough to keep momentum working for you. You want to be sure you’ve got any materials you need, such as boxes, bags, markers, hangers, and bins.

  2. Know what you really need.

    Most of us have way too many clothes clogging up our closets. We keep clothing that doesn’t fit, outfits that don’t make us feel good when we wear them, items of clothing we keep for sentimental reasons, and clothes we just plain forget that we own.

    The easiest way to sort through the clothes in your closet is to take a long-term view as you organize now. Some choices are obvious. Donate, throw away, give away – you know the drill. But once you’ve pared down the clothing population a bit, you can help yourself go even further.

    Make all of your hangers face the same direction. As you wear an item and go to put it back in your closet, make the hanger face the opposite direction. Then, every six months or so, you can sort through to see which items you never wear, because of how the hangers are hanging.

  3. Use your furniture instead of stuffing your closet.

    Most people have a dresser in their bedroom along with a closet for storing clothing. Use all dresser drawers to store clothing that can be folded or stored without needing to be displayed. Some people have an armoire to store hanging clothes as well. Use these pieces of furniture to free up room in your closet for other articles of clothing. When tackling your next closet organization project, think about the furniture that you have in your room and how you can use these pieces to your advantage.

  4. Take advantage of your closet doors.

    For walk-in closets, doors can be great places to store items. This is a spot that’s easy to forget to use, even though there are a ton of organizers out there specifically designed for use on closet doors. The most popular item to store on the closet doors is shoes. When considering your next closet organization project, think about the items you may have a lot of, like shoes, which are not the easiest to store, and use your door to store them. Doors can also be used to hang coats, suits, or anything else. Don’t let valuable real estate in your closet go to waste.

  5. Dividers and bins are your friends.

    You may have used closet dividers as a kid, but don’t rule them out just because you’re now an adult. A good closet organization project comes with effective use of dividers and bins. Not only do these items help keep track of what you own, but also they make your closet look great and make it easier to keep it neat.

  6. Paint your closet a bright color.

    You can have great lighting in your closet, but if your walls are painted a dark color, then the light doesn’t reflect as well making it harder to see. Painting your closet a bright color makes it easier to find things and makes your closet look bigger. A light colored wall such as white or yellow contrast against the contents in the closet. Save time in your mornings and paint your walls a light, bright color.

Organizing your closet may seem like a daunting task, but if you follow these tips, you can knock this project out in a weekend and still have time leftover to relax. Plus, think how nice it will feel to look into a neat, organized closet and to be able to find what you’re looking for right away.

There’s a certain sense of peace and freedom that comes from getting rid of clutter and chaos, and giving yourself that gift is one of the best ways you could spend your weekend.