How To Keep Your Closet Tidy

When you’re short on space, it can be difficult to see how you could ever possibly declutter your closet. It is, after all, a convenient hiding space for all of your items that you have no idea where to put! There’s a few tips that can help you to get on the road to decluttering your closet and getting organized.

Make Things Accessible

One reason that clutter builds up is that things are not very accessible. As you’re trying to find something, items fall and become misplaced. By spreading out your organization system a bit within the closet, you’re able to see what you have and exactly where it is. 

Group Like Items Together

In the same light of being able to find things that you need, grouping like items together makes it easier to find what you need. If you know that all of your haircare items are in a certain bin, you’ll be able to reach in the same spot without thinking.   

Find Places You Can “Drop” Things

Closets tend to be that kind of space where we just drop things and forget about them. We always think “I’ll deal with it later.” When later never comes, we end up with quite a cluttered closet. Keep baskets or trays handy in the closet in order to keep things that you may empty out of your pockets or put away at a later time. This way you’ll only have to clean out one basket instead of the entire closet. 

Make Use Of Drawers

Drawers are incredibly useful in a closet space. You can place a dresser in the closet if space permits. If you don’t have room for a dresser, you may want to create your own drawer units. For an alternative option of storing things, try installing shelving units and placing baskets across the shelves, giving the illusion of drawers.   

Encourage Tidiness

Everything that you do to organize your closet should have the goal of keeping tidiness in mind. If the closet is a walk-in, you’ll organize it much differently than if you have a smaller space. No matter the size of the closet, you’ll want to divide the space into zones of sorts. This way, you’ll know where everything goes and how to keep it neat.   

Light The Space

Without adequate lightning in the closet, it’s pretty difficult to find what you’re looking for, no matter how organized you are. If your closet doesn’t have a lot of natural light, you’ll need to install some lighting. Whether you put in overhead bulbs, or install touch- activated portable lights, the brighter the better when it comes to your closet. Be sure that there’s lights in key areas like darker corners where the main light source doesn’t reach. 

How to: Create a green a closet

>Clothes are our ways of expressing ourselves. The styles we choose whether we like it or not portray an image of who we are to others. We may not think of it but the clothes that line our closet shelves also have an impact on the planet. Energy, resources and the wellbeing of others are all affected by each clothing purchase (and disposal) that we make.

Here are a few steps to creating a more eco-conscious closet:

Make do and mend – originally a British pamphlet released in World War Two to help housewives practice frugality with clothing, the saying can be easily applied today, not only to lessen an impact on your wallet but the environment too. A great way to start is by learning to sew and/or bring clothes to a tailor to be repaired instead of discarding them when they develop holes or lose buttons.

Clean the closet – keep a smaller amount of clothes in your wardrobe. Most of us have very large wardrobes but only wear a very small percentage of them in our day to day lives. Take note of the clothing pieces you reach for time and time again and which fall to the back of the drawer. If you haven’t worn a piece in over a year, it’s likely it won’t be missed if donated for someone else to make better use of it.

Create a wardrobe with vision – we live in a culture of instant gratification, one where we can go out and buy what we want from the store at a cheap price and bring it home to sit in the back of our closets for months or even years without ever being worn. The next time you go shopping ask yourself if a piece fits in with the majority of your wardrobe and can be used optimally. Creating a checklist of qualifications an item should have before adding it to your shopping bag is a great way to ensure your purchases are smart ones.

Second-hand shopping – a great way to keep more clothes out of a landfill is to shop secondhand stores for items on your wishlist. While there is a bit of a hunt involved it will be well worth your time. Look for quality pieces that will last you years to come with proper care. You might be surprised to find some of the labels you may not normally be able to obtain sitting amongst the racks of your local thrift store.

Wash less often – unless they are your gym clothes or you work outside there is little reason to wash shirts and pants after every wash. Not only will washing less prolong the lifespan of a clothing piece but it will also save on water and energy over time.

Avoid dry cleaning – dry cleaning involves chemicals that are not only bad for the environment but people too. When shopping leave clothes that require dry cleaning on the store racks. If you really must have a piece that is dry-cleaning only seek out a dry cleaner that uses environmentally friendly process over the traditional chemical laden one.

Smart purchase – when it’s time to replace your washer and dryer look for low energy appliances that are Energy Star certified. This upgrade is also beneficial to you as you can usually get tax credits for doing so.

By keeping a cohesive wardrobe with fewer pieces that you wash less often and mend when they need repairing you will shrink your carbon footprint and keep more money in your wallet and I think that’s something we can all feel good about!

How to Find Space in Your Closet

Closet space is one thing that you never seem to have enough of. Especially is you live in a smaller or older home.

If your belongings are spilling out everywhere, then you most likely need a closet makeover. Some planning and a few changes will net you some prime storage real estate and help you finally get organized.

Think vertically

Stand in your closet and look up. If you see empty space, you have an opportunity to take advantage of it with hanging racks, pegs or hooks.

Use adjustable shelving

Why use a tall shelf when a shorter one will do just fine? When you have shelves that you can customize, you might be able to salvage enough wall space for a whole new shelf.

Separate the seasons

If you live in an area that experiences cold winters, you may be able to split your wardrobe and store items in another location when you’re not using them.

Declutter and purge

If you don’t have enough room, something may have to go. Just think of it this way, if you haven’t used that bowling ball, pair of mittens or electric blanket in a while, it may be time to share the bounty by donating to Goodwill or your local shelter. Someone will benefit from your generosity, and you can console yourself with the tax write-off.

Go with baskets

Wicker baskets are an inspired storage solution that will corral your small items and organize your larger ones. They’ll streamline your shelves and liberate your floor space, too. If you don’t remember the color of the carpet in your closet and your shelves are prone to occasional accessory avalanches, baskets will save the day.

Organize

You knew this part was inevitable: having to pull everything out, sort it into piles and put stuff into some logical order. Organization will help you maximize a small closet by encouraging you to keep like items together.

Shoe Storage

Over the door, on the floor, on hangers or under the bed, shoe racks can be lifesavers. Properly stored shoes will look better longer and you won’t be wasting time with one shoe in your hand and the other, well, who knows where.

Specialized hangers

When you use creative hanger solutions, like tiered hangers that let you stack clothes conveniently, you can sometimes double or even triple your useful space.