Despite the importance of closets, organizing them is one chore that many people prefer to put off for a good long while. This is perfectly understandable, because most of us are able to put the closet squarely in the category of out-of-sight-out-of-mind.
Sometimes it is not easy to keep track of all your clothes, shoes and anything else you might be storing in various closet spaces throughout the home. Some people like keeping their closets neat, but still have trouble getting them properly organized. If you fall into either category, feel free to use some of the tips provided below.
- Set up a work area. You will need to remove pretty much everything from the closet if you want to arrange it properly. The size of this work space will depend on the number of items you have stored in the closet. For some people, the bed will be enough.
- Get rid of items that don’t belong. This can apply to just about anything that you put in the closet just for the sake of convenience. The closet can be a temporary space or old boxes and magazines, but soon enough they will only be a nuisance. They take up valuable space and lead to clutter.
- Donate clothes. There’s a good chance you have clothes that you never plan to wear again. As long as they are still in good condition, put them in a box marked for donation. Old clothes that can’t be worn should be thrown out.
- Clean the closet. Once everything is out of the closet, it is time to wipe, dust and vacuum. Check for loose rods and door hinges as well, so you can be sure that the closet is in the best shape.
- Use space savers. Collapsible hangers allow you to fit more clothes into a space than you normally could. Look around for other space saving items that can be a blessing for small closets.
- Store similar items together. Keeping business attires separate from casual wear is a good way to find what you need quickly. Make all clothes on hangers face the same direction. This will give the space an orderly look. Ideally, items you use regularly should be at eye level. Others can be placed on the floor or at the top of the closet.
- Keep accessories tidy. Use shelf dividers to keep towels, sheets and other items separate. You can also store folded clothes on the shelf as well.
- Storage containers. These are not essential, but they are convenient for small closets with few or no shelves. You can also consider replacing swing-out closet doors with folding or sliding doors.
Your closet does not have to be a headache to deal with, as long as you eliminate the unnecessary, and use the space well. For small closets, another good piece of advice is to put out-of-season clothes in boxes so they can be stored in the basement, attic, or garage until they are needed. We also recommend including the closet in your next big bathroom remodeling project and consider it a master suite remodel.
Give Sundance Homes a call if you’re in Earleville, MD or the surrounding areas, and would like to schedule an appointment to discuss remodeling your closet while you remodel the bathroom. You can reach us at our Maryland office at 410-877-6112 or our Delaware office at 302-793-9352.