Now that the holidays are over and we’re done indulging ourselves, it’s a great time to declutter our homes. The best place to start is in your closet. This is the spot in the house where things routinely get put without much thought, and so they can clutter up quickly. I recommend you start with organizing your bedroom closet first, and then tackle the kid’s closets, coat closets, and linen closets. Your bedroom closet is where you’re going to benefit the most, especially on those mornings when you’re in a rush and need to find a great outfit, once it’s organized this will be a breeze! So with that note, I’ve compiled a list of 10 steps to get your bedroom closet neat and organized!
10 Steps for Organizing your Bedroom Closet:
1. Go through everything in your closet and ask yourself “Have I worn this in the last year?” If the answer is “YES” then you put it in a keep pile, and if the answer is “NO” then put in a giveaway pile. If you haven’t worn it in a year, chances are very high that you won’t wear it this year either. (Exception if it’s a special occasion evening gown or something, but try not to keep too many exceptions, it defeats the purpose)
2. While you’re making the piles, take everything off the hangers/shelves and out of the drawers.
3. Once you have your two piles, put your giveaway pile in a garbage bag and put it in your car to deliver to a shelter, donation box, or Salvation Army. Putting it in your car right away will prevent that bag for sitting around in your house for months, with your intentions to drop it off.
4. Then you are left with your pile of clothes that you know you love and wear. This also allows you to clearly see which items you may be lacking or which you have 10 of. Make a list of items you need to purchase and items you don’t need any more of; this is great information to have when you’re out shopping.
5. If you don’t have matching hangers, this is the step where you go out and buy matching hangers! Either wood or felt hangers are the best. Wood hangers are big and take up lots of space, so I only recommend them for large closets, or if you don’t have a lot of clothing. Felt hangers are great because they are sleek and don’t take up much room in your closet. I recommend black felt hangers, rather than the pink or aqua colored ones. Matching hangers make your closet look very organized and streamlined. Just take a look at the bottom rack of the closet in the picture compared to the top rack.
6. Next once you have all your matching hangers, you take your keep pile and begin sorting by item and by color. So you take all your black shirts and put them on hangers. Then you take all your white shirts and put them on hangers, then all your blue dresses, etc… Put all your shirts together, all your pants together, all your dresses together, etc. Each item of the same color should be together, and arrange them from darkest to lightest. Once your closet is color coded and itemized it makes it easy to find what you’re looking for and it looks beautiful!
7. If you have shelves in your closet, fold those items you put on the shelves neatly and by color and item as well.
8. If you have lots of scarves in your closet like I do, a great purchase is a scarf hanger. It keeps them organized and easily accessible. Check out this one from Bed Bath & Beyond.
9. If you have drawers in your closet, I suggest getting dividers or small baskets to avoid the messy drawer trap, which happens when you just shove your things in a drawer. Dividers are great for things like socks, so you can keep your white socks together, your fancy socks together, and your black socks together, without having them all mixed together making it hard to find what you need.
10. Lastly baskets are your best friend when it comes to closet organization. You can put ANYTHING in a basket and it makes it look neat and organized. They’re great for socks, belts, underwear, gloves and hats, etc… So if you have any smaller items cluttering up your shelves just put them in a basket and ta-da it looks neat and organized! Wicker baskets are my favorite, they look a lot nicer than plastic baskets or Tupperware containers.
So there we have it, 10 easy to follow steps for organizing your bedroom closet!