Closets often become a catch-all in our homes. A good size closet in our bedroom which is made to house our clothing suddenly becomes a storage room—hiding shoes, wrapping paper, boxes, and scarves. Follow these strategies for decluttering your closet and start seeing your favorite shoes again.
Empty It Out
To begin decluttering your closet, you first need to pull everything out of it. Start making piles for clothing, shoes, and every other strange item that has made its way in there. Include a pile to give away and a pile for trash. Now you’ll have a clean slate to begin organizing.
As you put things back into your closet, decide what you truly want to use your closet space for. If you want it to be clothing and shoes only, then find another place for the kids’ piles of artwork or your stash of craft supplies. One thing leads to another—cleaning out your closet will cause you to organize another area so you can move things around.
Consider some new storage ideas to make your space work better for you. Things like belt racks and shoe organizers will quickly tidy up your closet, providing you with more space. Everything should be given a hanger, box, basket, or bin to keep the floor clear and shelves organized.
Everything In Its Place
One of the most important strategies for decluttering your closet is to create a habit of everything in its place. You’ve cleaned, purged, and organized. Now the only way to keep your closet decluttered is to put things back where they belong every time you are done with the item. Sounds simple enough, but it may take new habits to make it happen.
Sometimes, when we’re tired at the end of the day or groggy first thing in the morning, it’s easy to just throw stuff in the closet, thinking we’ll get to it later. However, later doesn’t always come and before we know it, the closet is a disaster again. It’s worth it to take a minute and run an item to the place it belongs or get those pajamas into the hamper.
You’ll be amazed how staying decluttered and organized can shift your entire mood for the better.
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