Storage closets, those hidden corners of our homes, can easily become chaotic dumping grounds for all the items we don’t know where else to put. But with a little effort and some expert organization tips, you can transform your storage closet into a well-ordered, functional space. In this blog post, we’ll share some pro organizing tips for storage closets to help you make the most of your 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 The daily task for today, Oct 24, 2023, is to begin to declutter any damaged or outdated luggage in your hall closets.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.
10 Pro Organizing Tips for Storage Closets
1. Start with a Clean Slate
The first step in organizing any space is to clear everything out. Remove all items from the storage closet and give it a good cleaning. This will help you see the space more clearly and provide a fresh start for your organization project.
2. Categorize Your Items
Before you start putting things back into the closet, categorize your items. Common categories might include holiday decorations, cleaning supplies, tools, sporting equipment, and seasonal items. This step will help you decide how to allocate space and what storage solutions are needed for each category.
3. Use Clear Containers
Invest in clear, plastic containers for storing items. These allow you to see what’s inside without needing to open every box. Label each container with its contents, so you can quickly find what you need.
4. Utilize Vertical Space
Don’t just focus on the floor space; make the most of your vertical space as well. Install shelves, hooks, or racks on the closet walls to store items such as brooms, mops, or gardening tools. Adjustable shelving is particularly helpful because it allows you to customize the space to suit your needs.
5. Prioritize Frequently Used Items
Store items you use most frequently at eye level or within easy reach. Seasonal or rarely used items can be stored higher or lower in the closet. This makes it more convenient to access the things you need regularly.
6. Invest in Shelving Units
If your storage closet is particularly large, consider investing in standalone shelving units. These can provide additional storage space and make it easier to keep items organized. Adjustable shelves are especially versatile, as they can be customized to accommodate different-sized items.
7. Install Proper Lighting
Good lighting is essential for any organized space. Add some LED battery-powered lights or tap lights to the closet to make it easier to see and locate items. Proper lighting can also help prevent accidents and injuries when you’re reaching for items on high shelves.
8. Don’t Overcrowd
While it’s tempting to fill every nook and cranny of your storage closet, it’s important to leave some space for future additions or for easily removing items when needed. Overcrowding can lead to disorganization and make it challenging to maintain order.
9. Regularly Declutter
Storage closets have a tendency to accumulate items over time. Make it a habit to periodically declutter your storage closet. If you come across items you no longer need, consider donating or discarding them. Regular maintenance will help prevent your storage closet from becoming overwhelmed with clutter.
10. Maintain a System
Once you’ve organized your storage closet, stick to your system. Return items to their designated places after use and encourage other household members to do the same. This will ensure that your storage closet remains organized and functional.
By following these pro organizing tips, you can transform your storage closet from a cluttered and chaotic space into a well-organized and efficient storage area. With a little effort and regular maintenance, you’ll be able to access what you need when you need it, making your daily life a bit more organized and stress-free.
Steps to Take & Expert Ways to Utilize Pro Organizing Tips for Storage 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 & Pro Organizing Tips for Storage 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 Apply Pro Organizing Tips for Storage 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.
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