Is your closet a well-organized space where you can easily find the things you’re looking for? If not, use the following tips to improve your closet organization and create more usable storage space.

Step by Step Closet Organization

1. Sort Your Clothes

Empty your closet and sort each piece of clothing by category. As you sort, decide if it’s a piece you want to keep. If you haven’t worn an item in the past year, if it’s the wrong size, or if it’s falling apart, then let it go.

Donate, sell, or throw away clothing you no longer need. Any pieces you decide to keep should be categorized by type. Create separate piles for jeans, pants, t-shirts, dress shirts, etc.

2. Clean the Empty Closet

Before starting the closet organization process, clean it. While your closet is empty, dust the walls and shelves. Vacuum or mop the floor. Now is the perfect time to repaint the walls, too.

3. Layout Your Ideal Closet

Now that the closet is empty and clean, it’s time to decide how you want to use the space. You will hang some items. Others need to be folded and stacked. Choose a closet organization system that is practical and useful.

4. Store Your Items by Category

In an organized closet, like items should be stored together. Create a place for your jeans, one for your business jackets, one for your scarves. Group blouses together. Hang dresses in the same section. Store sweaters folded in a stack on a shelf.

5. Use the Right Type of Hanger

Using a random assortment of wire and plastic hangers creates the appearance of a cluttered, disorganized closet. Invest in quality, matching hangers to take up less space and provide your clothing with proper support. High-quality hangers help keep your clothing in good shape.

6. Stack Bulky Items to Free Up Space for Closet Organization

Jeans and sweaters are clothing items that stack quite well. Folding is preferred for sweaters as they can become misshapen when placed on a hanger. Fold bulky items and stack them on a shelf or in baskets.

7. Store Seasonal and Rarely-Used Items Up Top

The shelves at the top of your closet are perfect for items you don’t use very often or items you only wear at certain times of the year. Store seasonal clothing away in the harder to reach places. Special occasion shoes or accessories can also be stored in boxes or baskets high on the shelves.

8. Closet Organization Includes Maximizing Your Vertical Space

Vertical space should be used as much as possible. The back of the closet door is a good place for a hanging shoe rack. Add shelves for jewelry boxes and shoe storage. Hooks work well for hanging jewelry and small accessories.

These steps will get you started with your closet organization project. With just a bit of effort, you will create usable, organized space for your clothing, shoes, and accessories.

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