Home Organization: The Closet
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Home Organization: The Closet

Cleaning out cluttered closets can be an intimidating experience. Follow these seven tips for successfully cleaning and organizing closets.

Many people begin to organize their closet spaces with the best of intentions, only to end by just shutting the door and putting it on their “do it later” list. With the right tips, closets don’t have to be intimidating places to keep clean and organized.

• The first and most important step to cleaning out your clutter is to mentally prepare yourself. Many people keep things thinking that they will need or use them later only to find that these “things” keep piling up making life unmanageable. Convince yourself that you will get rid of the things that you don’t need any more. Justify this commitment by telling yourself that you can give your unneeded items to charity where somebody will actually get some use out of them. Alternatively, if you have the time, you can plan to have a garage sale.

• The next most important step is to schedule ample time to clean out your closets. If you don’t have sufficient time, you will not finish and you are denying yourself the sense of accomplishment for completing a major task.

• Get down to business. Make a quick initial “throw away” sweep. It’s important, especially in cluttered closets, to go through and identify the obvious “trash” in your closets. This will help immensely in the next step.

• Now that you have eliminated at least some items, the next step is to take everything out of your closet. There are two reasons for this step:

1. You want everything out so you can dust off shelves, vacuum or sweep, clean light fixtures and clean baseboards.

2. You want to be able to see the layout of your closet empty so that you can more effectively envision the organization of the items that will be going back in.

• Start sorting. You will want to sort your closet items in piles. In general, you will have a “throw away” pile, a “give away” pile and a “keep” pile. Of course, you can have variations of the piles such as “sell” piles or “repair” piles based on what your plans are.


• After sorting you should have a good idea of what will be going back into your closet. This is the time to introduce organizational systems such as bins and shelves. Customize these systems to create a visually appealing and useful closet environment that you can easily maintain.

• Put your items neatly back into your clean and organized closet.

While many people dread cleaning out and organizing their closets, it can be a very rewarding experience. Parting with your unused items will help you live a simpler lifestyle that is free of clutter.


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Comments (2)

This is the motivation I've needed :-)

Val, thanks for commenting. I find that uncluttering my space helps to unclutter my mind as well.