De-Clutter Your Closet

When clearing your closets of clutter, there are some basic principles that you should keep in mind. First and most important — perhaps you’ve heard the adage, “When in doubt, throw it out?” Throw away anything that you’re working too hard to justify keeping.

Once you’d rid yourself of any excess, walk through your home and examine all of your storage space. Do you have enough, not enough? If you don’t have enough storage space, either you need to get rid of more stuff, or you need to come up with a new storage solution. You can add shelves in one of the rooms, purchase a stand-alone wardrobe, work in some storage space in the garage — just know going in if you’re not going to be able to fit everything into your closets that you currently have in there.

Then take stock of everything in all of your closets. Get it all in one mountainous pile, if need be. Pay attention to what you currently store in your closets, and consider how often you use it, and what you use it to do.

In order to keep things neat, it is critical to ensure that everything has a place. Otherwise, there’s no specific spot to put it away in. Also, try to keep things close to where you use them, so that fetching an object and putting it away isn’t an enormous hassle. Remember, the harder it is to put something away, the more likely we are to put off the putting away.

Then, examine the rooms and areas around each closet. The entryway closet should have a very different utility, most likely, than the upstairs closet in the guest room. For example, umbrellas should probably be kept close to either door. Although, if those closets are especially small or especially full, and rain comes very seldom in your part of the world, this may not be true for you.

Always keep in mind that utility is about you and your needs, not about what the creators of the item thought that it was best used for. This is what you should be thinking about during every step of the reorganization process.

Don’t forget while taking stock of closet space any unused vertical space. And remember that clothing rods can be removed. Just because the previous occupants used the entryway closet as a coat closet doesn’t mean that you have to. If you’re worried about losing a place for the coats, but need the space for other things, you can always consider a free-standing option such as a coat tree.

View every space with regard to its total possibilities, not its past uses, and you will find a world of opportunities. A great example of this is floor space. We had a real problem in our front closet, until we installed a short free-standing shelf there to organize everything that ended up on the floor. Now, it is easy to find whatever we need.

Just keep these concepts in mind and your closets should be clutter-free!

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