Is your closet so full and disorganized that it has essentially become a useless waste of space? Do you have shoes or clothes from the last century stored away in there? Do you waste a lot of time looking for things in your closet because it's so messy?
If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, you're not alone. For many people, the closet becomes a dumping ground for anything and everything, and soon becomes so disorganized you don't even know what's in there. Well, fortunately you can clean up the situation with these simple solutions.
But first, if you don't have an adequate closet organization system -- such as shelves, shoe stands, hooks, baskets or drawers -- go invest in what you need. It doesn't have to be expensive, just functional. Now, depending on the size of your closet and amount of clutter, choose the best closet solution for you and get to work.
1. Take everything out of the closet, slowly go through it, and after careful consideration only put back things you really want or need. If you haven't worn clothing or a jacket or a pair of shoes in the past 12 to 18 months, you probably don't need it. If it's broken and you haven't repaired it yet, take it to a repair shop or get rid of it. Sure, there are certain items you don't use often but still need, such as a rain coat or umbrella, but for the other stuff -- sell it, donate it or throw it away.
2. If you have a very large closet or storage room, tackle the problem in sections. Visually break up the closet space into four sections, and go through each section -- one at a time -- as described above. By using this method, you can take care of a big chore over several days and end up with a well-organized closet.
3. Make organizing your closet part of your house cleaning regimen, just like vacuuming, dusting and cleaning the bathroom. By adding "organize the closet" to your chore list, your closet will stay functional and won't turn into a wasteland for the unwanted.
By keeping your closet organized, you will save time, get better use out the items you keep, and spare yourself the frustration that comes from a cluttered lifestyle. Just because something is "still good" or "barely worn" doesn't mean it has to clutter up your closet. Just let it go now -- and in a few short days, or less -- you won't ever think about it again.
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