How should you Organize your Closet?
Within each house, there are areas which are messier compared to others. If you have children, then inevitably their rooms will be more messy from things all of their toys and sports equipment and clothes which are strewn around their room. IF you have a garage, more times than not, it is not very well organized, and there are constantly things which you end up tripping on. Within the house, though, the messiest room tends to be the closet within each room.
How many times have you opened a closet, only to have something fall out of it, because of how it stuffed? Or maybe you have so many different clothes, that there is not enough room for them all, yet you still attempt to fit them all in within the normal hanger system. There are many reasons that a closet can be messy, and within this article, we’re going to give you some ideas on how you can reorganize that part of your house, so it doesn’t end up as just a catchall. Although, there are ways to maintain a clean home.
1st, you might need to Declutter
The most common problem when it comes to a closet needing to be reorganized is the fact there is too much stuff within each closet. When we have something that we don’t know what to do with, yet don’t want to get rid of, that object tends to end up being stuffed in a closet. Especially if there is no attic space within the house; even if there is room in a garage, most garages are not temperature controlled like a closet is, so your stuff ends up in the closet. Over time, with more and more things that get shuffled in and out of different rooms, the pile of stuff within a closet just continue to pile up higher and higher.
In order to give your closet new life, you first and foremost need to take everything out of your closet, so you can see what you have stored. Then, decide if it is something that you have used over the last two years or not. If it has not been used or worn in the last two years, then you should either hold a garage sale, or take the stuff and donate it to somewhere that can use it. Once you have decluttered the stuff, then you can figure out the best way to store it within a closet, rather than just stuffing it in.
Create an Organization system that works for you
When you go and visit various hardware stores, you will notice there are plenty of different organization systems. The reason for this is simple; not every style of organizational system works for everyone. There are so many different ways in which a closet can be outfitted; it all depends upon what you use each closet for. If you have a closet which is going to be used to store decorations you might only use once a year, say for Easter or Christmas or Thanksgiving, then you will need a system that offers you adjustable shelves. If you are using it for storing clothes, then you should have a system that allows you to hang clothes.
However, even if you are storing clothes, the best kind of system is one that creates a shelf over where you have the hanger area for your clothes. Not only this, as you can see in the picture, but having a place where you can create shelves in between the hangers allows you to fully utilize the space you have. By having shelves, you can place other things that are important for you, which still need to be in a climate controlled area, but are not just clutter. It gives you the flexibility needed in order to make your closet work for you, rather than attempting to make all of your stuff fit into a predetermined space.
How should you organize your Clothes?
Have you heard the phrase, “I don’t have anything to wear”, yet when you look in that same closet, you see more clothes than you count? There is a mentality which takes over when this occurs, as that phrase really means “I don’t have anything new to wear”. The problem is, when we buy new clothes, we continue to hold onto the clothes we had before. Clothes are not meant to last for 10 plus years, no matter how few of times you might wear something. The clothes in your closet will continue to turnover, and you have to be aware of how many clothes you have.
Each person has a different style, and what they need clothes for. When you reorganize your closet, you should set up a specific number of articles of clothing you think you need. This will vary wildly, and that is perfectly fine; the goal is to come up with a number that works for you. You can even subcategorize your clothes by t-shirts, blouses/polo shirts, suits, and another kind of clothing you might have. Buy whatever that number is, you should stick to that number. Which means, once you have hit that number of pieces of clothing, when you buy a new piece of clothing, then you need to get rid of an older piece that is in the same subcategory. This way, you can ensure your closet stays under control with the number of clothes you have at any time, while ensuring you also don’t ever have to utter the phrase “I don’t have anything to wear”.
In order to determine which piece of clothing you can get rid of, you have a couple of different choices. You can either line up all of your shirts by color and see if you have duplicates of one particular color, or if one shirt is much more faded compared to another. You can also line your clothes up by when you wore it last; once you wash it, it goes to the back of the line, and over time, whichever clothes end up at the front of the closet, then you know that those are the clothes you do not wear very often.
When it comes to reorganizing your closet, it does not need to be a scary or overwhelming process. We tell our Dallas house cleaning clients that you don’t even have to tackle them all at once. But, if you can tackle one closet every three months, then over the course of a couple of years, you can get your closets into a state where they are working for you, and you can feel happier about the state of your living space.
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