Closet Organizing Step-by-Step Guide
"How to Organize Your Closet: The Effective Method"
If you've never done any closet organizing before, you might feel as if you don't know how or where to start. That's why having a complete but simple step-by-step method is important in making the organizing process successful - to make it stick and become a part of your occasional cleaning routines!
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Organizing your closet might sound like an awful lot of work, but believe me honey, it is the essential step to liberating yourself from a messy wardrobe and the classic nothing-to-wear-syndrom!
It's About S-P-A-C-EI want to introduce you to the organizing method called S-P-A-C-E which was developed by Julie Morgenstern who is a veteran in the organizing industry.
The SPACE model gives you an easy-peasy reminder for how to organize your closet in 5 systematic steps:
You can also use this method for every room in your house, and not just your bedroom closet.
So to make closet organizing work for you, I suggest you to follow these 5 steps:
Closet Organizing Step 1: SortIn this step you'll be simply amazed by how much junk and treasures have been lying in the back of your wardrobe, and of course the items you'll be re-discovering because you completely forgot about them and have been missing for quite some time.
Let's take a closer look at how to sort your clothes:
Sort 'em Out!1. Get absolutely everything out of your closet, drawers and racks and sort them by clothing type. For example: pants, jeans, shorts, skirts, etc.
2. Start sorting the contents of your drawers first and move on to your closet, racks, etc.
Emptying the closets gives you the opportunity to clean your closet, so
take advantage of this moment and hit the vacuum cleaner before you put all of your clothes back in.
Closet Organizing Step 2: PurgeNow this one's a toughy because you'll have to make lots of decisions. You may have to try on clothes that you're not sure you need or fits you. Dedicate at least a day or an entire weekend of un-interrupted time for this closet purging step.
Go through everything you took out and decide if you want to toss or keep it. If you're unsure of a clothing or haven't worn it for at least a year, try it on and decide if it's practical to keep or curb it!
Create 6 PilesWith all the clothes and accessories sorted in your room, create 6 piles:
To maintain the fabric and
material of these items, take the time to clean everything.
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Closet Organizing Step 3: Assess
In this step you'll have to evaluate and analyze what is needed to containarize the garments. You basically plan each clothing category a home where it should live permanently.
Assessing the Organizing Options1. Start with understanding your own space limitations and find ways to organize the garments based on this information. Check out Organizeit.com for storage and organizing ideas.
2. Ask yourself:
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Closet Organizing Step 4: Containerize
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You should now have some ideas for your garments and what kind of storage or containers you need.
With the completed assessment in step 3, it's time to finalize a list and go shopping!
Fold and Hang1. After purchasing what's on your shopping list, put the items together and keep them separated from the other groups. Remember to measure the space first before you buy the containers, organizers and furniture!
2. When placing everything in place, start by separating Spring/Summer and Fall/Winter clothes from each other.
3. Work on each clothing group, one by one. Fold, hang and store your garments and accessories, and marvel at your collection as you go along!
I suggest you to group each season by item and then finally by color. I think it's the most effective system to build and maintain because it's the best way to keep an overview of your closet inventory. In this way you can take follow of what you wear the most and what's getting worn out.
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Closet Organizing Step 5: EqualizeThis is an on-going process where you evaluate what is working and what is not working and then re-adjust the areas that aren't working.
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Try to find out why that area got disorganized again.
Put Them Back in Order!For example as your shoe or accessory collection grows, you may need to come up with a space-effective ways to store the items. An example is vertical solutions such as a shelf or pocket hanger.
You get my idea.
It's important to come up with a plan to stay on track. Your closet organizing system still need occasional clean-up throughout the year. You'll notice when it's needed when your closet goes out of control again :-)
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