Organize your closet in 5 steps

Spring is here, the weather is warming quickly and it is the perfect time to organize your closet. Removing bulky winter clothes and changing them out for the light and airy summer ones.  It can seem like a daunting tasks, but with these 5 easy to follow steps it can be done in no time.

Step 1

Designate a staging area and empty your closet out. You can use your bed or a cleared-out corner of the room. This important first step requires you to remove everything: clothes, hangers, boxes, folded blankets etc.

Step 2

Organize items into specific categories. You can place like items in cardboard boxes, plastic containers or in piles. You could even start with “keep,” “toss” and “donate” piles, then move onto more specific categories like: clothes, shoes and linens and then divide everything into smaller subcategories (sweaters, winter boots and sheets).

Step Three

Eliminate items that don’t belong in that particular closet. One of the big causes of clutter and disorganization in the home is items that belong in the kitchen or bedroom, are found hiding in closets all over the house. Over time, the temptation to stuff something like a box of appetizer plates in a bedroom closet or extra towels for the bathroom in the entry closet can cause you to make some bad storage decisions. This is the time to return out-of-place items to their rightful home. But try to stay focused on planning one closet at a time. You can turn your attention to other closets at a later date.

Step Four

Remove unwanted items. This might be the most difficult part of the closet planning process. It helps to establish some basic rules up front, like anything with holes or pairs of shoes or socks missing their partner must go. Ask yourself some questions:

Have I worn this shirt or skirt in the last year?
Does this jacket still fit?
The answer to many of the questions will likely be “no” and then you can decide if you want to donate items to charity, try selling items online, hold a garage sale or take unwanted items to a local consignment store.

Step Five

Clean the closet itself. Now is the time to wipe down the closet walls and vacuum or mop the closet floor.  If the walls need painting, choose a paint that is specifically formulated to be mold and mildew-resistant.

And that is it! Now your closet is clean and ready to have only the things you want to keep put back in.