Do you get frustrated because you can’t find things in your closet? Set aside a day for decluttering and organizing to save time and stress later. Use these tips to transform your closet into a clean, well-organized, usable space.

Empty and Clean to Organize Your Closet

To begin, remove everything from your closet including hangers, bins, baskets, and anything on the closet floor. This will give you a clear space to visualize and plan for reorganizing.

It’s also a good time to dust hanging rods and shelves. Wipe down the closet walls and baseboards with an all-purpose cleaner. Vacuum or sweep and mop the floor. Now your closet is an empty, clean slate.

Choose a System to Organize Your Closet

Stand back and assess your closet’s vertical storage space. This means walls, shelves, corners, and the dead space between the floor and the hanging clothes. Take advantage of the vertical space with hanging shoe racks, cubbies, and shelves. These items provide storage solutions for handbags, accessories, and shoes.

Get creative when organizing accessories like belts, ties, and hats. Use hooks, pegboards, and canvas jewelry organizers. Take measurements before shopping for the items you’ll need to organize your closet.

Sort Your Clothes, Shoes, and Accessories

Your closet can only store so much, and an over-full closet is difficult to use and only contributes to frustration when trying to find an item. Sort your clothing by making four piles: keep, consign, donate, or toss. Generally, if you rarely wear it or don’t love it, it can go. Clothes in good condition can be taken to a consignment shop or donated. Things in poor shape and beyond repair should be thrown away.

Reorganize Clothes, Shoes, and Accessories

Categorize clothes in a way that makes sense. Group like items together like belts, scarves, pants, shirts, dresses, etc. Place the clothes you wear the most in the front and middle of the closet. Formals and out-of-season clothes should go in the back. Seasonal items like Halloween costumes and Christmas sweaters can go on top shelves or even be stored in the attic.

Maintaining Your Organized Closet

Put effort into maintaining your newly organized closet to keep it from becoming a mess. Once a month, go through items and make sure everything is in the right place. Live by the one-in-one-out rule. When you purchase a new shirt, get rid of one. Set a reminder on your calendar and organize your closet twice a year.

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