Updated: Oct 17
Is you closet overflowing and making you feel overwhelmed? Here are some tips from a Certified Organizer to help make your home organizing easy and quick!
I want you to open your closet and smile. When you are about to get ready for your day, you *should* be able to open your closet and smile, because it is organized to make your day run smoothly. If your closet is messy, it can take a toll on the rest of your day. Let me help you with some tried and true tips from professionals!
Get ready to organize your closet in one hour!
Tip #1 - Vacate the Area
Literally. Empty EVERYTHING out of your closet. As you clean out, sort into macro piles of items (think tops, dresses, shoes, etc.). As you empty, remove anything that immediately needs to be donated or released (think items with holes or tears beyond repair). Released items can be placed in the garbage.
Tip #2 - Select Your Wardrobe
Now that you have all of your items in sorted piles, it's time to shop what you already own. If you haven't worn something in the last six months, consider releasing it. It takes up inventory in your closet and if you aren't using it, why not donate it so that someone else can? Create piles labeled, "Keep, Donate, Release, Decide Later" and quickly sort your items.
This is also a perfect time to decide what should and should not be kept in your closet. Are there seasonal clothes that should be stored elsewhere? Re-home items that don't need to take up space in prime real estate. Are there items stored elsewhere that should be stored in your closet because it would make your life easier? Grab them and put them in their new home.
"Having a simplified, uncluttered home is a form of self-care" – Emma Scheib
Tip #3 - Replace and Contain
After purging, you can organize your clothes in the method that works best for you. Some options include organizing by category, by sleeve length, by color, or by sorting into ready-to wear outfits.
This is the fun part-- put your items back and feel the space that you've created. Now is also the time to determine if you need different storage solutions. If you can see a need for more organizing containers. take measurements of the space that you have and plan to purchase storage bins and baskets that fit the space. This isn't something that you can go out and buy within one hour but the measurements are all you need to purchase at a later date.
Tip #4 - What's Working
Now that you've organized your closet, make a plan to evaluate your progress. Check in weekly to make sure you maintain your space by removing items that you aren't wearing regularly. Also, make sure that you go through your 'Decide Later' piles within a certain timeframe. Keep track of items that you over purchase and items that you still need for your wardrobe.
Still Need Help?
Professional organizing works if you feel confident with the systems that you are putting in place. If you are feeling overwhelmed, The Organizing Specialists can help! We work with any budget, closet size or organizing style. Reach out to us for a free consultation. We can work in-person or virtually.