Yes, it’s that time of the year again and your closet is probably screaming: Spring cleaning! Actually, it doesn’t have to be such an ordeal, just think of all that empty space you’ll get, waiting to be filled up with brand new clothing. You might even enjoy a bit of redecorating while at it, just to breathe some new life into your home.
Here are some tips and tricks to help you maximize your storage space.
First re-think and re-evaluate your closet space; if you have some dormant designer skills in you, now’s the time to let them loose. To have an organized closet, you need to keep things separated, each in their own spot. Knowing exactly where to look for a particular piece of clothing will make your mornings a lot easier.
Start by bringing in some acrylic boxes which can be used for storing anything from shoes and bags to belts, socks or shirts; drop-front boxes are great for storing shoes as you don’t have to unstack boxes to get the pair you want. In addition it’s an easy way to keep your shoes protected from dust while keeping them easy to access.
Wicker baskets and fabric containers can be successfully used to add some practical appeal to your closet. If you’re looking for clever way to store your accessories and want to do it yourself, take a look at this interesting post on how to fake built-in shelving.
The next step is going through your stuff, making sure you clean your closet of all the unwanted apparel you’ve collected over the years; anything you haven’t worn for about one year belongs to the “to go” pile, unless it’s got some emotional value attached to it; then you’re allowed to keep it. However, show no mercy to the prom dress you’ve been keeping hidden in the closet, deep down you know it’s just filling up space. Groups like the Princess Project will make sure your dress falls into the right hands; there are thousands of teens out there who would appreciate a fancy dress like yours but just can’t afford one. Do the same with all your belongings that you no longer need or wear. The Salvation Army or Goodwill will put them to a better use.
Now that you’ve got over the hardest part, the rest is pure fun. Prioritize your apparel; what you can’t see, you won’t wear so keep your favorites in the front rows, along with all your spring wear while all the winter sweaters, blouses and jackets go to the back of the closet. Then check for anything that needs repairs, like toppers, jeans and shoes, and get them fixed. And finally organize your stuff by category, casual, sports and elegant. Shirts, skirts and dresses are better kept on hangers, possibly all facing the same way. If you’re a neat freak you’ll have them organized by color, too. But then again, that’s not a closet anymore, it’s simply art.
- 10 Steps to an Organized Closet (dailycatch.coastalliving.com)