I have a dirty little secret: My closet is a disaster. I recently moved into a new house, so my closet is a mix of half-empty tubs, laundry baskets and out-of-order hangers. Enough is enough! This weekend I’m getting organized. Luckily, we have lots of tips to help conquer that mountain of clothes and shoes — here are some of my favorites.
Determine Your Sticking Point
Figuring out the biggest clutter offender will help you maintain a clean closet. Are your shoes overtaking the space? (My answer: yes!) Try a hanging-shoe rack or over-the-door organizer. Do your clothes overcrowd? Thinner hangers create space so you can find things easier. Feeling rushed each morning? Dividing shirts, dresses, jeans, etc. bring a sense of order and saves time.
Do It in Spurts
Can’t face a weekend devoted to decluttering the closet? Schedule blocks of time, like 30 or 60 minutes, to devote solely to clutter-busting. Crank up your favorite tunes and set a timer. Do it once a week and watch your closet transform.
Start With a Clean Slate
Take everything (yes, everything) out of your closet when you get started — that way that sweater from 5 years ago won’t slip through the cracks unnoticed. Plus, a giant pile of clothes helps you face facts: Some of it has to go.
Face the 80/20 Rule
It happens to us all: the majority of your clothes are constantly waiting in the wings. The average American wears 10 to 20 percent of their clothes. Give everything a hard look, and remove items that…
- Don’t fit today (No more keeping it in the wings for those last 10 pounds.)
- You haven’t worn for over a year.
- Aren’t your color.
- Are worn, stained or in need of major repairs.
Here are few perfectly-organized closets to get you motivated: