Justine Harrington on October 25, 2017 0 Comments Is your bedroom closet practically bursting with clothes you never wear, shoes that never see the light of day, and who-knows-what else? If so, you’re certainly not alone! For most of us, our closets tend to be the one room in our homes that always feels messy and unorganized. No matter what we do, it seems that there’s simply not enough storage space. However, organizing your closet (and keeping it that way) doesn’t have to be a pipe dream. It’s 100% possible to have a clean closet – and we’re here to help you get there. Below, we have highlighted some of our favorite closet organization ideas that you can implement into your home. Simplify & Declutter: Start By CleanIng Your Closet First things first, before you even begin to organize your closet, it would be wise for you to simplify its contents first. Here are some tips for decluttering, purging, and getting rid of the excess stuff from this crucial room. Schedule A 1-hour Appointment With… Yourself That’s right! It’s time to create a dedicated space on your calendar for cleaning out your closet. Mark it down. That way, you’re more likely to get started and get it done. Add your appointment to your Google Calendar, pencil it into your planner, use whatever calendar you have – just make sure to create an actual appointment. And hey, if you can’t spare an hour, that’s perfectly okay. Try a thirty-minute block of time, instead, or simply set aside ten minutes per day to chip away at decluttering everything. Get Everything Out of There Once you’re ready to begin cleaning your closet, start by removing everything out of there. Yes, everything. Pull it all out. This is an important step that should not be glossed over. As you pull everything out of your closet, you’ll be able to see ALL your clothing and other items taking up the space. This will give you a better idea of what’s in there, as well as how to get it organized. By missing out on what all is in there, you may make the decluttering process harder on yourself, as you will likely skip over shirts or shoes that you don’t wear. Get all your closet’s contents out in plain sight, then carefully sift through everything with the most discerning eye possible. If you haven’t worn or used it in months, it goes in the donation pile! Organize in Sections The best thing to do is to designate places for like-minded items in your closet – all shoes should be in one spot, winter clothing in another, and so on. This is a great way to keep everything organized, maximize your storage space and help you save time. No more rooting around trying to find matching socks for ten minutes! A New Item Goes In, An Old Item Goes Out One way to ensure that your closet doesn’t overflow with clothing and other items is to get rid of old stuff whenever you buy new stuff. For every new item that you put in your closet, make it a point to donate or recycle an old item. By controlling the flow of items you put in your closet, you’ll have a better chance of keeping it organized as time goes on. Get Rid of as Much Clothing As Possible Of course, one of the best ways to keep your closet clean and clutter-free is to simply get rid of the clutter, once and for all. Drastically reducing the size of your wardrobe can help with that! You could try a capsule wardrobe, or you could simply commit to getting rid of as much clothing as possible. If you haven’t worn it in years, then are you ever really going to wear it again? Create Better Storage Space In Your Closet Once you’ve decluttered your closet space, creating better storage is the next step. After all, unless you use effective storage methods, it’s hard to truly get organized, and even harder to stay organized for the long-term. Here are some of our favorite closet storage ideas to get you started. Open Shelving is Key To begin with, it’s important to be able to see all your clothes — that way, you don’t forget about certain items. If you can, use open shelving, clear containers, or baskets to store your clothes. Invest in Decent Hangers If you haven’t yet invested in a good set of hangers for your clothing, now is the time to do so! Non-wire hangers will not only help preserve the quality of your clothing, but it will help create a more organized space. And quality, not quantity, is what’s important when it comes to keeping your closet as organized as possible. Make Everything Easier to Put Away at the End of the Day One of the main reasons that clothes tend to pile up everywhere in your closet is that it’s often easier to throw clothing on the floor or on top of dressers. However, if you make it easier to put your clothes away, you can avoid this scenario altogether! Try hanging your robe or any nightgowns from hooks. Keep all your socks and underwear together in a clear, open plastic basket. Add a hamper to collect the dirty clothes. There’s plenty of options that you can utilize, and they’re all dependent on what’s best for you and your lifestyle. The goal here is to make everything as easy to put away as possible. Use Specialty Closet Organizers Chances are that you’re probably not even using half of the space that you could be using in your closet. By utilizing specially-designed closet organizers, you can practically double the space that you currently have or are using. For instance, use stackable shelves or hang a second rod for twice the amount of storage. You could also start using hanging sweater bags, so that you free up even more space on your shelves or in your dresser. There are a ton of closet organizers available to buy, or you can repurpose some of the items already in your home. The goal here is to maximize the amount of storage space, and an organizer for your closet can be a great way to do this. Ideas for Creating an Organized Closet Finally, after you’ve pared down your wardrobe and implemented better storage methods, it’s time to get organized! Here are a few of our favorite closet organization ideas to get you started. Use a Shoe Rack Whether you use a shoe rack or a hanging shoe bag, this one simple idea has the potential to instantly make your closet look and feel more organized. Why leave your shoes scattered all over the floor when you can simply store your shoes on a shoe rack? Aside from creating a less-cluttered look, it’ll also free up some floor-space that can be used for storage bins. Tie All Your Scarves on a Hanger This simple yet effective tip for organizing your scarves can be a serious space-saver, as well as keep all of them within easy reach. It’s easily my favorite tip on the list, as it keeps all of them in one spot. Use Labels If, after paring down your wardrobe, you’re still dealing with quite a few clothing items, labels can be a godsend. By putting labels in your dresser drawers, or even on the front of your dresser, you can save some serious time and space. Using labels will undoubtedly make everything feel tidier and streamlined. Roll Your Clothing If you aren’t already rolling your clothing, start today! Folding clothes is so last year! Rolled clothing is neater and simpler; plus, this can really help to create more space in your drawers or on your shelves. Rolling can also help lessen wrinkles in your clothing. How do you organize your closet? What idea would you add to the list? Let’s hear it down in the comments below.