A large part of getting rid of clutter is being organized, and we can all use help with closet organization ideas! It's an area that tends to be the "last bastion" of clutter in our homes. I've compiled a list of effective closet organization ideas to help you declutter and organize your closets - don't let you closets end up, or stay, like the one in the picture below!
Closet Organization Idea Basics
First things first; open up your closet and take an honest look around. Is it in bad shape? If so, no problem, but be open with yourself and admit that you need to get rid of some of the clutter if it is truly stuffed with odds and ends. Once you are ready to dive in, follow these steps:
- Take out everything that is not hanging. Everything.
- Go through the pile of stuff you pulled out and separate into piles.
- Go through the clothes that are on hangers
- Find some boxes and other containers that will fit into the closet
- If you haven't already, take a minute to dust off and wipe down the closet surfaces!
- Now, start putting back the boxes and containers into the closet, trying to keep the floor clean
If you like the industrial design of some storage products or you just want to have a more "ready" made system there are a ton of products out there that are low cost and can really boost your organizational efforts.
I also made a quick list that you can download, print, or just keep handy as a reminder and quick guide for decluttering your closet and getting it organized.Closet Organization Method (pdf) (822)
I routinely use storage containers and racks in my closets and keep a shoe rack handy by the doors - I don't personally use a hanging shoe rack in the closets although I know several people that find them handy for storing out of season or extra shoes. Here are some more items that I find extremely useful for closet organization:
Closet racks come in many sizes, shapes, and configurations - the main idea is that they are an easy way to add organized storage areas to your closet instead of having a stack of boxes or loose items. There are a ton of these available, find the one that works for your space to get the most value out of it.
Closet shoe racks can be made from standard closet shelving, heavier shoe racks, or anything in between. Generally you can get away with using something lighter and lower cost than what you would use in the entryway as it will not see the day to day use from several people. The extra space not used for shoes can be handy for extra items and boxes.
Storage bins are great for the closet and many other areas. Some people prefer the bins without tops, I find that having the lid keeps me from keeping too many things and "overstuffing" it. Regardless, there are many varieties - find what works for you and put it to use; you won't be sorry that you began using storage containers on a regular basis in your closets.
Do you have any favorite ways to get the clutter out of your closet and keep it organized? Let us know in the comments below!
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