Once you decide that today is the day for organizing the master closet, your first step will be to take a good look at how much space you actually have. Many closets have wasted, unused space that can be fixed by implementing inexpensive storage solutions.
However, before purchasing a single item, you will have to remove ALL of the contents from your closet. As you remove the items, sort them into categories: suits, pants, dresses, blouses, jackets, shoes, etc.
Be honest with yourself when deciding what to keep. A good rule of thumb is to donate items that haven’t been worn within the past year.
Place any items that you plan to give away into one pile or fold and place them neatly into a box. (Be sure to check the pockets first! 😉 )
If you have items that are seasonal in your master closet, find another spot in your home for them-maybe in the attic, basement, garage or in an unused closet.
Before putting anything back in the closet, dust, vacuum and paint the walls if you want a fresh, new look.
I once heard that we wear 20% of our clothes 80% of the time. I definitely find this to be true. We all have certain articles of clothing that we wear over and over, while others are worn occasionally or not at all.
So take a good, hard look at what’s left to make sure the clothes still fit and you will wear them.
Here are some storage solutions to think about when organizing the master closet.
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- A tie rack can hold 64 ties and belts, and is battery operated with a light
- Canvas shelves that hang from the existing closet rod can hold sweaters, t-shirts or shoes.
- A shoe rack will keep shoes off the floor and in better condition than sprawled all over the floor. You can also purchase plastic see-through shoe boxes and stack them on shelves. Another option for shoes is an over-the-door shoe rack or canvas shoe holder.
- If you store sweaters on the shelves, a shelf divider will help to keep them from falling over and creating a mess.
- 3M hooks are great for hanging purses, or jewelry on unused wall space.
- If you have lots of hanging clothes, a hanger unit that drapes down while holding 6 items will free up lots of space in your closet. You can also add an adjustable rod extender to increase hanging space.
- Bins on the shelves can help store socks and undergarments.
- A jewelry bag that hangs on the closet rod is great for keeping your jewelry from getting tangled and allows you to select pieces when getting dressed for the day.
Here are some organizing tips to keep in mind when organizing the master closet:
- When you hang your clothes back into the closet, place the hangers backwards. After you wash the item and hang it back up, turn the hanger the correct way. This will show you which items have been worn and which items still needs to be worn.
- To free up closet space, see if there are any items that can be stored in your bedroom dresser.
- Be sure you can see everything in your closet.
- Move anything that is not clothing to another part of the house.
- Decide if you want to hang your clothes together by outfit, color, or group like items together.
- Use clear containers so you can see what’s in them. If you decide not to use clear containers, label them so you know what’s inside.
When you begin the process of organizing the master closet, remember that the key to success is scaling down what you have so everything will fit in your closet.
If you keep these tips in mind, your master closet will be well-organized and you will be able to get dressed so much quicker in the morning!
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