Closet organization is easier than you may think. It isn’t necessary to purchase a complicated (and expensive) closet organization system. You do need several hours to work without distractions, cleaning supplies, trash bags, and your vacuum or broom. To organize your closet, use inexpensive items like shower curtain rings, hooks, and a shoe organizer.

Decluttering is the First Step to Closet Organization

Start by taking everything out of your closet. You’re doing this for two reasons. First, so you don’t waste time organizing unwanted things. The second reason to empty your closet is to get a clear idea of your available space with nothing in it. This will help you figure out how to best organize your closet.

Closet organization starts with decluttering. As you remove your stuff, put it into one of these piles:

  • Trash
  • Donation
  • Sell
  • Keep

All damaged items that can’t be repaired belong in the trash pile. Get rid of any clothing you haven’t worn in the last two years. Once your closet is empty, vacuum the floor and dust the shelves.

Before you begin returning items to your closet, take your trash pile to the waste bin. Put your donations in your vehicle. If possible, have someone else drive it to the donation center while you continue working on closet organization. Make more space by moving the items you will sell to another room. Now you’re ready to organize.

Closet Organization By Category

Separate everything in the remaining pile by category. All the pants go in one stack, all the tops in another, the shoes with each other, and so on. As you put your clothes back in the closet, keep each of the categories together. Hang trousers together and dresses together, as well as skirts and tops. At this point in the project, your shoes and accessories should still be outside of the closet.

Deal With Shoe Storage

The best way to store your shoes depends on your closet’s floor space and how many pairs you own. For closets with limited floor space, a tall hanging shoe organizer is a good choice. Closets with ample floor space can be equipped with a rack, a cabinet, or a small shelf for shoes.

Hang Other Accessories

The final step of closet organization is figuring out what to do with your accessories. You have several options for hanging them. Using hooks on the wall is a simple solution to display jewelry that also makes it easy to find. Another simple DIY option is to put several shower curtain rings around a single hanger. Hang a scarf from each ring. You can use the same concept for belts, baseball caps, ties, or bracelets.

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