How to Organize Your Messy Closet

Nov 17, 2015 by Cathy (Day Styles)

Take an inventory of what you have and eliminate what you don’t need. Most people have no issues procrastinating about cleaning out the closet; we think it’s going to take a long time and it “looks” like a ginormous task. Cleaning out your totally crumpled and dysfunctional closet isn’t that big of a deal and I promise you it won’t take as long as you think. That may have been your experience in the past but rest assured that’s not going to be the tune you sing after you read this article. Regardless of the size of your closet you need to stop for a few minutes, grab a pen and paper and write down what you really need in there; what’s useful and functional and what isn’t.

Find a Nice Big Space

The first thing you need to do is find a nice big area where you can dump all the contents of your closet. If you like, you can think of this as your receiving zone. Your bed or the corner of the room will do just fine. If you are going to do this right, you need to take everything out of your closet to start. Don’t just clean out the bottom part and leave the top shelf for later.

Pull out the dirty socks shoved way in the back, remove the hangers and bags, and every single thing inside of your closet. If you’ve got oodles of clothes on hangers, you might want to have a collapsible rack handy, this makes it easier and will save you time when you are reloading your closet. It’s likely the most time-consuming part of the task, so try not to rush and maybe even blast a little music to make it more fun. The more organized you are when you unload the contents of your closet, the faster the process will be

Inventory Time

In this step you need to take everything and organize it into piles; so you can match “like” things up and take a count of everything you have. This way you can visualize how much crap is in your closet that you aren’t using. Some of it has got to go. Cardboard boxes and plastic bins work great for this part. It doesn’t have to be perfect because the spots you are finding your stuff right now is just a temporary home so you can begin the process of getting organized. You should sort your stuff into three piles (keep, toss and donate). If you are wondering even for a second or two if you need to keep a particular item or not, you probably don’t. Unless the item is something you just can’t part with you don’t need it.  Mark the bins if you need to ensure you know where to put things. This is just the beginning of your “organized closet” reality. Aren’t you excited?

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