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Closet Organization: A Step-by-Step Guide

Organizing your closet is a task you can do all by yourself. This is a very simple step-by-step process that can help you organize your closet and get rid of clutter. Basically, you just need to sort out your stuff and get rid of things you don’t need.
Closet Organization:  A Step-by-Step Guide

If you’re like most Americans, one of the first things you do in the morning is throw open your closet and look for something to wear. And when you’re pressed for time (which we often are), the last thing you want to see is a mountain of clothes you’re not even sure are clean. We’ve all had this problem at some point, and we all know there’s only one solution: organize your closet.

Some people hire professional organizers to do the job. But that leaves you with two problems: one, it’s expensive, and two, you can’t keep track of where everything goes. But why pay someone to do something you can do yourself? You can probably get the job done in two hours or less. Not convinced? Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you get started.

Step 1: Eliminate. Remember the 80/20 rule: you only wear 20% of your clothes 80% of the time. Go through all your things and put them into two piles: the ones you want to keep and the ones you don’t. If you’re not sure about some of the pieces, try putting them away for a few weeks and see if you miss them. A quick tip: hold on to classic pieces that don’t go out of style, and keep a few interesting pieces. Anything too drastic or unlikely to be worn again should go to the NO pile. Shoes that show any sign of wear are no longer good for your feet so get rid of them as well.

Step 2: Sort. Divide the clothes you want to keep into those you love and will wear most of the time, and those you simply like or want to keep. Then sort them according to type—shoes, socks, tops, bottoms, bags, accessories. For the ones you’re giving up, decide whether they go to the trash, to charity, or to friends who might want them. Keep a smaller separate pile for each one. There’s no need to organize them if you’re giving them away, but if you have time, go ahead.

Step 3: Analyze. Take a look at your empty closet and decide where each pile should go. The clothes you reach for the most (usually the tops and bottoms) should go in the middle, where they are most accessible. It’s best to hang them instead of keeping them in piles, but if you have to, arrange them so that the ones you use most often are on top.

Step 4: Replace. You’re now ready to put your clothes back. Ideally you’ll have a lot more room now, so don’t compress your clothes too much. Make sure there’s enough room for air to circulate; this helps preserve the quality of your clothes. Make use of closet organizers, storage containers and shelving to give everything its place.

Step 5: Maintain. To keep your closet in top form, clean it out every two weeks. You don’t have to repeat the entire process—just weed out the clothes you no longer want and move the clothes around to let them breathe. Of course, the best way to reduce clutter is to control accumulation: don’t buy stuff you already have or don’t need.