Turn your closet into a space you love. Read our quick-tip guide to easily organize and declutter your closets and keep them that way.
Closets… another space that can become a catch-all, clutter-packed space. These areas are rarely seen and can easily be hidden by doors, curtains, or panels.
However, what lies behind them can often cause a lot of stress and overwhelm, especially if it’s a space that you use often.
How to Quickly and Easily Declutter Your Closets
Before diving into the tips, first decide which closet you’d like to declutter. Depending on which one you choose will determine the best route to take.
Bedroom closets, living room closets, hallways closets, or spare closets may have different objectives, meaning the contents inside will vary.
Assess your closet.
Don’t begin pulling anything out of your closet until you assess the situation. This means looking at the past purpose of using this space and deciding if you want to keep it the same or change it.
Once you’ve decided how you want to use the closet you’re decluttering, move to the next tip.
Start with a clean slate.
In other words, remove everything from your closet. Start a pile for things you’ll put back in the closet (make sure they are part of your purpose for using that space), another pile for things that will be placed somewhere else, and a get rid of pile.
You can decide now or later how you want to get rid of things you don’t plan on keeping.
Deep clean your closet.
Regardless of how much you use this space, you’d be surprised at how much dust and dirt can build up.
Give your closet a good wipe down and disinfect it. You’ll want to have a super clean space before adding things back in it.
Think of your closet in terms of sections.
Before putting things back in your closet, mentally (or physically) create sections for the things that will go back in there.
Now would also be the time to add any storage solutions to help make this task easier. This will help you designate a place for everything instead of cluttering the space again.
Installing shelves can double your space and give you more storage options, and adding hanging storage can help keep things more organized.
Return the items you are planning to keep.
Whatever you plan to keep, begin to put them in their new place. Don’t overthink it too much, but definitely take your time so you can keep everything nice and neat.
Keep the 80/20 rule in mind as you decide what stays. The average person may use (or wear) roughly 20% of what they have, so if it’s something you haven’t and don’t plan on using – get rid of it.
This will help you have more space and less clutter.
Finish the task.
Once you’ve gotten everything back in your closet, there’s still the task of re-homing things that you plan to keep but just in another area, and getting rid of the stuff you no longer want.
Whatever you do, don’t delay in getting these two piles cleaned. They can quickly cause another area to become cluttered and you may be tempted to keep the stuff. Don’t do it!
These tips to quickly and easily declutter your closets can be used for any closet-like space in your home.
Anytime you see things getting out of hand, rinse and repeat!