Your bedroom closet is one of the most overlooked areas in the house, but it’s one you use every day.
When it’s messy, you’ll have difficulty finding what you are looking for, which can add unnecessary stress to your morning routine.
Instead of taking the time to organize a storage system in their closets, many people find it easier to just shove everything in and hope for the best.
But when you actually organize your bedroom closet, you’ll find that you’re more productive and less stressed-out.
It’s not too difficult, either, especially with the secrets we’re about to discuss.
Here are five tips to help you better organize your bedroom closet. Hopefully, they’ll help you get your daily routine back on track.
1. Start With a Complete Clothing Cleanse
Cleansing your closet is a two-part process.
First, you need to empty it completely and clean it thoroughly. Then, you should decide what to keep and what to get rid of.
Start by grabbing all of your clothes off the racks – hangers and all – and piling them in the middle of your bed. Do the same thing for all the shoes and accessories you’ve accumulated and stored in your closet.
Once everything has been emptied out, take a few minutes to dust and vacuum. Clean off every surface and get rid of all the dust bunnies.
This is a great time to hang some closet fresheners. They’ll keep the air from going stale and leaving a musty odor on your clothes.
Keep or Toss?
Now you can decide which articles of clothing are necessary and which are just taking up space.
I know it’s not easy to get rid of those tattered sweatpants that saw you through all of your late-night study sessions in college. And it might be tough to throw away that T-shirt your significant other gave you for Valentine’s Day three years ago that you’ve never worn.
But it’s time to face the harsh reality that some things need to go.
Here’s a system that will help you decide which clothes you should keep:
Start by planning three piles: keep, maybe, and toss/donate.
Look at each item one at a time and decide which pile it needs to go in. If something is torn, stained, or doesn’t fit, get rid of it. If you wear it regularly, you should obviously keep it.
The maybes are tough, and you have to be honest with yourself. Ask yourself if you actually need them, if you really like how they look on you, and if you’re just keeping them for the memories. After some consideration, move it to the keep or toss pile.
Once you’re down to two piles, you can donate the decent things and trash the unwearable stuff.
2. Determine Your Organization Scheme
You’re down to bare walls, so why not take advantage of this opportunity to reorganize your closet in a way that works better for you?
Before you jump straight back into hanging your clothes, think about how you’d like your closet to look. Come up with a system that provides adequate storage and suits your personality.
Also, consider hanging some shelving and storage to help you organize. A few shelves or storage solutions can make your life a whole lot easier.
Make Your Closet More Functional
Your closet should make your life easier, not harder. So, organize it in a way that helps you find the things you need whenever you need them.
The most frequently used items should be easily accessible, and lesser-used ones should be stored away.
If you’re dealing with a small closet, here are a few tools to help you make the best use of your space:
- An in-closet storage unit
- Space-saving hangers
- An over-the-door shoe organizer
Once you decide on your organizational method, determine the steps you’ll need to take to get there. Then, it’s time to get started!
3. Get Creative with What You Have
You don’t have to break the bank to organize your closet. You can use inexpensive storage containers or make use of what you already have lying around your house.
So before you go out and spend all of your money on closet organization tools, look around your house and try to use what you already have.
4. Categorize Your Clothes Before You Put Them Back
Once you have a clean closet, the last thing that you want is to put your clothes back haphazardly. Without a system for folding and hanging, you’ll quickly end up back in disarray.
There are a few different ways that you can categorize your closet. You might try organizing your clothes by:
- Frequency of use
Based on the category you choose, hang the clothes that fit comfortably on a hanger.
Then, fold anything that is too thick to be hung, such as jeans or bulky sweaters. Stack this stuff in a nice, folded pile and place them in a drawer, on a shelf, or in a basket.
5. Organize the Leftover Parts
You’ve done the hard part, and you can probably see your bed again. Congratulations!
But now, it’s time to figure out what to do with the rest of your sundries.
Shoes need to be stacked or hung in an over-the-door organizer. The ones you wear most often should be the easiest to access.
Your underwear, tank tops, bathing suits, and other small items should be rolled and stored in drawers. If you don’t have enough drawer space, consider hanging these articles of clothing in pocket organizers.
Cleaning your closet is never fun. But with these five steps, it should be a lot easier.
Just remember that once your closet is neat and organized, you should work hard to keep it that way. As long as you maintain it properly and stick to your organizational system, your morning routine will be a lot less stressful!
Angus Flynn, Business Manager of Arte, has been with Alliance Residential Company for over five years. He has extensive experience with a variety of properties, from large lease-ups to smaller, more urban assets.