Closet Clearout

One area in our homes that is often overlooked when it comes to organizing is the closet. Closets end up being the areas that we stick everything that we want out of sight. The problem using your closet as a hold all is that it can affect your time management and in turn have a negative effect on other areas of your life. Learn how to stop using your closets to hide unused items and start using them as a tool to organize your home and your life.

A good place to start is your bedroom closet. A messy bedroom closet will impact your mornings and could affect the image that you portray to others. If you can't find the items you're looking for in your closet than you may settle on wearing the items that you can get to. They could be mismatched, creased, dirty or unsuitable for the season or workplace. You may also find that you're wearing the same items over and over again because they are all you can find. In turn you're making your wardrobe uneconomical.

If your bedroom closet has never been cleared out start slowly. This is a project that may take longer than you expect. Even though closets are small we're able to cram a lot of items in them and you'll be surprised how long it takes to organize them. Set aside a block of time, either everyday or a couple of days a week, specifically for clearing out our closet.

The first thing you need to do is go through every piece of clothing. Check for tears, stains, missing buttons, etc. Also try the item on to make sure it still fits and holds its shape. If there is anything wrong with the piece get rid of it. If the item still fits but needs to be repaired or laundered do that before you hang it back in the closet. Create 4 piles; one to keep, one to chuck, one to clean/repair and one to donate. Once you've gone through your clothes move on to shoes, bags and other closet clutter.

Another thing to consider is how often the item is used. If you haven't worn a piece in over a year the likelihood of you wearing it again is very slim. Be shroud. Don't keep items for sentimental reasons or because you think you'll fit it to it later.

Once you've organized your piles and gotten rid of everything you can't use start planning how you're going to put the items back into your closet in the most efficient way. Everything in your closet should be visible with your best or most used pieces easy to reach. You may want to purchase a closet organizer but they aren't always necessary. Most organizers are helpful when space is limited or if you have items that don't hang.

Organize like items together to make it easier to find items when you're in a hurry. Shoe racks or closet shelving are ideal to open up space for other items. You will also want to make sure that you have the right type of hangers. There are even hanger options that allow you to pair pants or skirts with tops which help when planning outfits or creating space in the closet.

When you've completed the organization of your bedroom closet move on to other closets in your house using the same techniques. Make sure you're closets make sense. Keep linens in a closet near to bedrooms and bathrooms and keep coats and sports equipment near a utility room or the garage.

With the proper organization of your closets you can reduce stress and improve your time management. Use the tools you learned in this article or other organizational skills that work for you to help declutter your life one closet at a time.

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