Cleaning and Organizing a Room Closet
Cleaning and Organizing a Room Closet
Doesn’t it seem like the longer we live in our house, the more it seems to shrink? Shrink as in we no longer have enough storage space because we’ve crammed all we can in any available closet.
- Do you often waste precious time in the morning trying to find a blouse that isn’t wrinkled beyond belief? If you do, your closets are probably overstuffed.
- Do your clothes constantly fall off hangers into a black hole on the floor? If so, your closet is probably overstuffed.
- Do you have a hard time getting a towel or sheets out of the linen closet because more than one item comes out with the one thing you want? If so, your closets are probably overstuffed.
- Do you spend time taking stuff out of a closet looking for the brush attachment to the vacuum then having to shove it all back in when you do find it? If you go through all that, your closets are overstuffed.
Do you wish for clean, organized closets and to rid yourself of all the junk piled high on the shelves? Do you want to see the floor of the closet again? Do you want your clothes neat and tidy?
If you’re looking for ideas to organize your closets, you’ve come to the right place, I know once you get started you will feel good and as you go through the process, you’re going to feel a great sense of relief and much success and when you’re done; you’ll never want to see all that junk again.
How to Organize Closets
It can be daunting to think about what to do and where to begin. What do you focus on first and how do you stay focused when you know the problem has gotten out of control? Start by tackling just one closet.
The first closet may take a little time but once you have that one closet under your belt, you will feel more confident with each remaining closet that needs to be cleaned and organized.
What to Consider Before Delving In
- What is the purpose of the closet you’re organizing? Is it a bathroom, bedroom or linen closet, a pantry closet, a hall closet?
- Should you look into an organizational system and create a space that will grow with the needs of your family?
- What will you need to accomplish the task of cleaning and organizing the closet?
Supplies you May need to Clean the Closets
- Garbage bags
- All purpose cleaner
- Cleaning rags
Questions to Ask Along the Way
- Is this something I really love and is it important to me right now?
- How many of these do I have? Do I really need them all?
- Is it a family heirloom? Am I saving this to be passed down to my kids one day?
- Am I keeping this because I think one day I’ll be able to wear it? Does it look good on me? When was the last time I wore this?
- If I don’t want or need this, can I make a little money on it? Have a garage sale? Sell it online? Give it away?
Cleaning Out the Closet
Now it’s time to finally start clearing out the closet. As you’re doing this make a pile as you go for the following items:
- Items that will go back inside the closet.
- Items that belong somewhere else in the house.
- Items that are broken and belong in the garbage.
- Items you no longer want but can be given away or sold.
Bedrooms and Coat Closets
For a bedroom or coat closet, make a pile for shoes and clothing items:
- That are dirty and need to be washed.
- That haven’t been worn over the last couple of years, you no longer like or you can’t fit into. These can be given away to charity or a friend or sold.
- That are damaged and can be tossed.
Wow! Did you ever think you’d have this many extra hangers? Be careful, just because you now have extra hangers doesn’t mean you should go out and buy more clothes. It’s OK to treat yourself every now and then to something new but don’t go overboard.
Note: If you have gone through the up and down struggles of gaining weight and weight loss and have multiple sized clothing item – only keep two sizes up and two sizes down. And in your closet – only keep the size you are currently at. Store clothing you are not currently wearing due to weight, season, etc. in containers that fit under the bed or on the top shelf of a closet.
For a pantry closet, toss out the old out-dated food items and put the food that goes back in on the counter. I love using storage containers for the pantry. It may have an initial cost associated with it but its great to see what I need in a clean and organized way! Flour, sugar, noodles, snacks, etc in appropriated sized, stackable clear containers. No broken bags leaving a mess on the pantry shelf.
After you’ve cleared out the closet, clean any shelves and walls vacuum the floor and use the extension tube and crevice tool to get any cobwebs that might be in the upper corners of the closet. Then put it all back in.
Putting Things Back in the Closet
So once you’ve gone through everything and know what will be going back in the closet, it’s time to assess the closet space and decide if you have a little shopping to do. Make a list of items you can use to keep things clean and organized, and remember you can go as simple or as creative as you like.
- Clear containers with lids. These are great for storing seasonal clothes, games, family mementos, kids papers, toys, etc.
- Labels for labeling your stored items.
- Baskets are great for storage and they come in a variety of materials, sizes and colors.
- Crates are another creative way for organized storage in a closet.
- Tie rack, hanging shelves, hooks, tiered hangers, etc.
- Shoe rack.
- Over the door rods and hooks.
- Shelf paper.
- Space saver bags.
When you’ve done your shopping and added the organizational tools you want to use, put your things back in the closet.
Doesn’t it feel good to have a clean and organized closet? The things we’ve gone over might sound like a lot of work and honestly, like we mentioned before, the first closet may take some time but the second and third – you’ve got it, no problem.
Closet Organizing Tips
- Sort clothes and shoes by type – work, play, night out on the town, etc. and you can even sort them further by color.
- If you’re storing items like seasonal decorations, keep like items together. If you don’t have enough room for these to be stored in a closet, can you keep them in a shed or the garage?
- If you keep some of your kid’s school papers, keep these stored in their bedroom closet so they can easily look back on their achievements.
- If your bathroom storage is limited and you keep extra shampoos, conditioner, toothpaste etc. in the linen closet, could you use a shoe holder that hangs on the back of the door for these things?
Getting your closets organized can actually turn in to a fun way to pass the time away. You never know what you may find!