Have you ever opened the doors to your closet and been injured by UFO’s (Unidentified Falling Objects)? Stubbed your toe on something that resembles carry-on luggage? Can you open the door at will without fear? Bought a fabulous pair of black pants only to find that you already had a matching pair?
If you answered yes to any of the above, it may be time to dig in and dig out your closet! I know, it seems daunting, but really, how great would it be to open your closet, retrieve what you are looking for (without digging, tugging or pulling)? A few simple steps will get your closet in “department store ready” condition. This project can easily be done in a weekend, depending on the size of your closet (4-12 hours of hands on work, not including contracted closet installers).
Here’s how you do it:
1. Empty your closet – completely: Take out all items in your closet. As you do, sort them into Keep, Toss, Donate or Put Away areas. Make decisions quickly – your first impulse is usually the right one! The rule is, if you don’t love it or use it’s time to let go.
2. Take care of the excess: Take out the Toss items, Put the Donate pile in your car, and deal with the Put Away items.
3. Take inventory: Seperate the remaining items into “like” categories. For example, shirts, skirts, pants, jackets, sweaters, etc.
4. Storage/Contain: If you find you have more storage than you expected, put it to use, and put your closet together in a way that pleases you. If you need a better storage system than you have now, or a new closet organizer here are some suggestions: Rubbermaid Configurations, Storables, or The Container Store
5. Get creative!: There’s many options out there for storage, and they don’t have to cost a fortune! Go check out your local dollar store for inexpensive plastic bins or baskets. A discount or supercenter also may have what you are looking for.
With a little determination and hands on work, your closet will look like a dream!