Declutter and Organize Your Closet Space
Spring is one of our favorite times of the year! Of course it’s great because there are longer days and more sun, but more important it’s time to put the Winter clothes away and do a deep Spring cleaning.
We’ve partnered with our friends at Extra Space Storage, a trusted resource in the home-organization/storage space, to bring you tips on how to declutter your space, specifically closet space, and start the season off in the right (head)space. Read on for tips on how to declutter your closet and add some extra space to it.
Purge, Donate and Store
First and foremost, it’s important to get the clothing and accessories you no longer wear out of your space. Take inventory of what you didn’t use during the Winter season and be comforted knowing that you won’t need it for the next. Jackets, heavy sweaters, hats and scarves - whatever you don’t need for the season, go through it and purge what you don’t wear. No need to throw these items away when they can be donated to a person in need. Search for an organization in your area that is looking for these exact items or check out this donation guide from Extra Space Storage. Once you’re done going through your items, it’s time to store what’s left! Whether you store off season items under the bed or in an Extra Space Storage unit, organize them into labeled containers so you know just where to put them when you take them out for next season.
Create a System
This is where the organization process begins. Before your items go into their homes, their homes need to be created. For this project, we decided to organize the shoes into individual shoe boxes, add baskets to the shelving and replace old, nonuniform hangers with sturdy ones that will last. This system sets our client up for success when it comes to getting dressed and seeing all of their options at a glance, while also decluttering to create more space.
Having uniform hangers not only creates an aesthetically pleasing look, but it also saves space. Get rid of old and broken hangers that no longer do the job. Once items that you no longer wear are purged, you’re left with clothes you actually wear, on hangers you actually like.
A great option to utilize for shelving is baskets. They help to keep the items contained and maximize the use of vertical space. Add a baskets for each category, so you know just where to go when you’re getting dressed. Baskets can be used to store any of your items from undergarments and pajamas to jeans and t-shirts. The perfect finishing touch is adding a label so that you can know exactly what’s inside without having to take it out.
One of our more popular organizing items are shoe boxes. Perfect for organizing and protecting your shoes, but also great to store other household items as well! If you are looking for a more practical way to store your shoes, these are a great option, because they’re stackable and clear, making it easy to grab the specific pair you’re looking for.
Like items together
Last but not least, it’s time for the finishing touches. Organize your clothes so that like items are together. We’re partial to color-coding as well, but it’s YOUR space, so make it work for YOU. Start with tanks, then short sleeved items and then insert your long sleeved items. Whenever you’re putting clothes away, just put them back in their designated space. With this practice in mind there will be no more clothes laying around your room, waiting to be put away. Cleaning up will be easier and, in the end, you will feel better.
Use the seasons changing to your advantage. They represent saying goodbye to the old and welcoming in the new. This goes for your old storage practices as well. With a clean and organized home, you free up so much time to enjoy what’s happening around you - your life.