Closet space is one of the most difficult spaces to organize. Whether it's your primary bedroom closet, your kiddo's closet or those pesky game, guest and linen closets, they tend to get cram-packed with things that don't belong! Something about being behind closed doors makes it easy to forget the clutter.
Here are a few tips to maximize your closet space today:
As Always, Purge and Organize
As we talked about in the bathroom, laundry room and kitchen sections of the "Organize Your Life" series, this is the crucial (and sometimes painful) first step to getting it all together! Start by taking out all your clothes, linens, games and storage (whatever you keep in your closets) and only keep the things you really need, use or love.
Apply the 1-Minute Rule
Happiness expert Gretchen Rubin has implemented a rule known as the one minute rule. This means, if something will take you less than one minute to complete, you must do it then and there. When it comes to closet organization this looks like:
- Hanging up clothes that you tried on and changed your mind about rather than throwing them on the infamous "laundry chair".
- Putting your shoes on the shelf or lined up neatly as soon as you take them off rather than throwing them into the abyss of your closet.
- Hanging your coat on the hook after taking it off for the day.
- Put that freshly folded laundry right into the drawer it belongs in as soon as you finish folding.
Learn to Fold Neatly and Properly
Start searching the internet for videos on folding your clothes to optimize space. While it might sound silly, once you can see everything that's folded up in drawers and on shelves, your closet will feel neat and tidy!
Store According to Frequency of Use
We all have the closet that becomes a dumping ground for extra blankets, games that are missing pieces and random items that you only use on occasion. Once you've completed step one and gotten rid of the things you don't use or need, it's time to organize the things you do! Here are a few ways to optimize your miscellaneous items in closets:
- Use bins and baskets to hold smaller items of similar categories (i.e. card games, board games, extra pillows, etc.)
- Fold blankets, sheets and comforters to the same size and stack them by size and set (i.e. a fitted queen sheet, flat queen sheet, two pillow cases, queen-size comforter and an extra blanket). This makes prepping the guest bedroom quick and easy for those unexpected guests!
- Put kids' items out of reach. This keeps them from yanking them down off the shelf onto themselves or making a huge mess trying to get things themselves!
Closet organization can be stressful, but it doesn't have to be impossible! Follow these steps and you'll be well on your way to well organized, neat and tidy closet spaces.