A cluttered closet can be a source of daily frustration. If you find yourself struggling to fit your belongings into limited closet space, it’s time to take action. With a few simple strategies and some creativity, you can maximize space in your closets and transform them into organized, functional storage areas. In this blog post, we’ll share practical tips to help you declutter, organize, and make the most of your closet space.
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Currently we are working on how to unclutter the coat closet, hall closet, and linen closet. The daily task for today, Oct 18, 2023, is to begin to declutter anything broken or outdated in your hall closets. Remember, we are focusing on just the hall closet area, so don’t declutter your whole house. We will cover each room separately.
8 Ways to Maximize Space in Your Closets
- Declutter and Sort
The first step in maximizing closet space is to declutter. Go through your clothing, shoes, and accessories and sort them into three categories: keep, donate, and discard. Be ruthless in your decision-making; if you haven’t worn an item in the past year, it’s time to let it go. This step alone can free up a significant amount of space in your closet.
- Invest in the Right Storage Solutions
Choosing the right storage solutions can make a world of difference in your closet organization. Consider these options:
- Shelving: Install adjustable shelves to create more vertical storage space. Use them for folded clothes, shoes, and accessories.
- Hanging Organizers: Utilize hanging organizers, such as shelves with cubbies or pockets, to store shoes, bags, and smaller items.
- Hooks and Hangers: Maximize your closet door and wall space by adding hooks and hangers for items like belts, scarves, and hats.
- Drawer Dividers: Install drawer dividers to keep your undergarments, socks, and small clothing items neat and easily accessible.
- Clear Bins and Boxes: Store off-season or infrequently used items in clear bins or boxes to keep them visible and dust-free.
- Use Slim Hangers
Swap out bulky plastic or wooden hangers for slim, space-saving hangers. Slim hangers take up less room, allowing you to fit more clothing in your closet without overcrowding it. They also help prevent clothing from slipping off and getting tangled.
- Create Zones
Divide your closet into zones to make it easier to find what you need. For example, designate specific areas for your work attire, casual wear, and special occasion outfits. Use labels or color-coding to differentiate between sections. This will help you maintain order and simplify your daily routine.
- Seasonal Rotation
To free up space in your closet, consider rotating your wardrobe seasonally. Store out-of-season clothing and accessories in under-bed storage containers or in a separate storage area. This will keep your closet from becoming too cramped, making it easier to access your current wardrobe.
- Double Up on Hanging Rods
If your closet allows for it, add a second hanging rod below the existing one. This creates extra hanging space for shorter items like shirts and skirts, without taking up additional floor space. You can also install a pull-down rod for higher shelving, making it easier to access those items.
- Maximize the Floor Space
Don’t forget to utilize the floor space in your closet. Consider adding storage bins, shoe racks, or low shelving units to store shoes, handbags, or folded clothing. Use clear storage bins to keep items visible and easily accessible.
- Maintain Regularly
Maximizing closet space is an ongoing process. Make it a habit to regularly declutter and reorganize your closet. Donate items you no longer use, and keep a watchful eye on clutter buildup. Staying organized is much easier when you tackle it in small, regular increments.
A well-organized closet can save you time and reduce daily stress. By following these tips to maximize space in your closets, you’ll not only create an efficient storage system but also enjoy the benefits of a clutter-free, beautifully organized space. Remember, it’s not just about decluttering and organizing; it’s about creating a system that suits your needs and lifestyle. So, roll up your sleeves, get creative, and turn your closet into a space you love.
Steps to Take & Expert Ways to Maximize Space in Your Closets
1.Only spend time on your specific daily task.
2.Do not get side-tracked or distracted.
3.Work within a time of day that you have the most energy and stamina. This is one of the most useful declutter motivation tips. Listen to your body and work at decluttering when you feel the most alert and energized.
4.Avoid thinking too long about whether to keep or discard an item. This is one specific way for How to Be Ruthless When Decluttering.
5.Avoid cleaning during your declutter. The goal is to purge the dead weight. Getting rid of the clutter is your priority. Cleaning can be accomplished later. Read on for more declutter motivation tips and my room specific deep clean checklist, though, as you will begin cleaning after your declutter.
High Impact Decluttering Tips & Expert Ways to Maximize Space in Your Closets
1. boxes -preferably ones you can donate (Avoid plastic storage bins because you may be tempted to just store the items and not part with them.)
2. sturdy trash bags
3. marker/pen to label boxes
Decluttering Tip: Avoid using storage bins to declutter. Storage bins tend to tell your brain to “store” the items for later. That is just delaying decisions. If you aren’t getting rid of items when you declutter, you are not truly decluttering. This is why I recommend a trash bag, also. A trash bag tells your brain to “trash” the item.
Obviously, recycle if you have that option. The boxes you use should be ones you are willing to part with, so I recommend sturdy cardboard boxes. As to donations, there are many charities that will come pick up your items for you at your home.
I use one in particular where you can book an appointment for pick-up online. This is so convenient, as it saves you the hassle of hauling stuff away yourself. Scheduling that pick-up also motivates you to declutter by a certain date.
Expert Ways to Declutter and Maximize Space in Your Closets
1. Start by eliminating trash first- use a sturdy trash bag
2. Sort items by category if needed so you can see what you have
3.Get rid of items that don’t work or that work poorly, expired items, anything you don’t love, anything that you’ll never use again
4. Box up the donations and trash/recycle the rest
5.Select a charity to donate your items and schedule the pick-up if that is an option
How Do You Declutter Your Entire House (and get it deep clean?): Need to deep clean?
First, My How to Deep Clean Your Kitchen list can be found here.
Second, My How to Deep Clean Your Bathroom list can be found here.
Third, My How to Deep Clean Your Kids’ Rooms list can be found here.
Fourth, My How to Deep Clean Your Living Room list can be found here.
Fifth, My How to Deep Clean Your Bedroom list can be found here.
You can get your printable Daily Housekeeping Routine and Deep Cleaning Your House Schedule here. This 15 page printable kit is delivered digitally to your email for you to print and personalize. What Does a Deep Clean Include? It includes a daily schedule, calendar pages, and deep cleaning checklists for every room and area of your home. Check out the link above to see a sample page of what you’ll get in my printable set designed to help you create your personal Homemaking Checklist.
Also, you can get the complete digital printable copy of the Year Long Thorough Declutter Series Calendar and Checklists here. The printable digital download is delivered to your email. It includes 25 pages of printable calendar pages and checklists to help you declutter every room in your home. You can find that here.
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Step 1: Check out this post on the 1st step you should take to get organized. If you don’t have a calendar, you can grab my free weekly printable calendar page here. It is in my shopify store, but it is totally free, so you won’t be prompted to put in any payment information. It is a free download and will be delivered straight to your email.
Step 2: Create a daily Housekeeping Schedule. You can use this series to start to set up your own schedule. You can also use this simplified weekly schedule.If you often ask: What is the fastest way to clean a dirty house? Or, if you struggle to get organized and have tried and failed time and again, you can likely find out which of these 11 reasons cause you to fail to get organized.
Step 3: How do you remove clutter? How Do You Declutter Your Home?.…Sign up for the Declutter Series and get your entire home decluttered in just 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week.”Declutter Your Home” checklists are provided in each email.
Step 4: What is the fastest way to clean a dirty house? Use a timer and use the Deep Cleaning Checklists above. They will help you get your home sparkling after you’ve decluttered.
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