The closet is typically one of the most cluttered spaces in the home. It’s easy to close the closet doors and try to forget about what’s inside, but this isn’t a long-term solution to your closet clutter. Instead of pretending it doesn’t exist, tackle your closet clutter head on!
The first and best step to decluttering your closet is getting rid of items you no longer want or need. But where do you begin? Here are a few tips:
Sort By Type
It’s best to sort through your belongings by type when deciding which items should stay and which should go. For example, start by pulling all of the jeans out of your closet. How many pairs do you have? How many do you have in each shade? How long has it been since you’ve worn each pair?
It’s much easier to get rid of pieces when you can see exactly what you have, what you’re wearing, and what you’re not. Sorting by item type can simplify this task.
Test for Fit
Once you’ve sorted your clothing, try on every item in your closet to determine if it still fits or not. Be especially discerning of clothing that’s been buried at the back or bottom of your closet for awhile. If an item does not fit, it should not be in your closet!
Don’t be tempted to hold onto items that you may fit into again one day. It might not even be that you’ve gained or lost weight. After all, clothing shrinks, stretches, and wears out over time, and these old items simply take up space that could be used on other pieces that you will actually wear.
Remove Items That Don’t Belong
Many people get in the habit of storing random items in their closet when they can’t find another place to put them. This adds unnecessary clutter to a space that is already crowded. The closet should only contain clothing, shoes, accessories, and other similar items, so if there are random items in your closet that don’t belong there, now is the time to remove them.
Use Thin Hangers
Replace the thick and bulky hangers in your closet with thin velvet hangers. Using thin hangers will create more space so you can hang additional items in your closet. Plus, these are non-slip hangers, which means clothes will grip onto them instead of sliding off and creating a mess on the floor.
Make Smart Use of the Space
Think about how you can make the best use of the small space within your closet. Are you running out of space to hang up your tops? Installing shelves can create more space for folded shirts and sweaters.
If you have a sizeable shoe collection, save space by hanging a shoe rack on the back of the closet door. Smart closet features such as shoe racks, shelves, and pegs allow you to take advantage of every inch of space within your closet.
Hang Clothes By Color
Experts recommend grouping clothes together by color inside your closet. Why? Arranging clothing items by color is pleasing to the eye, and the pleasure of seeing your closet look so neat and organized may motivate you to keep it that way. This is a great tip for people who are worried that their closet won’t stay decluttered for long.
Congratulations—your closet is finally free of clutter! Give yourself a pat on the back for finally taking the time to organize your closet. But, the closet is just the beginning. Now it’s time to move onto decluttering the next room in your house!