When attempting to organize a closet—or really any room or space, for that matter—it often involves far more than just putting things into place. To really do a job right requires a few steps, so allow me to break them down for you.
Step 1: Declutter. When organizing a space, the first thing to do is do determine what you’re keeping and what you’re donating. A good rule of thumb, for clothes at least, is that if you haven’t worn it in a year, you’re probably never going to wear it.
Step 2: Organize What You’ve Eliminated. Now that you know what you’re keeping and what you’re not, it’s time to organize these piles. Put items you’re donating in tote bags and bring them to your local donation center whenever you have the chance. For items that are in too bad of shape to donate, simply put them in a trash bag and discard them.
Step 3: Clean. My motto is, if we’re doing it, we may as well do it to the fullest. Plus, let’s be honest, when else are you going to clean the bottom of the drawer? Certainly not when it’s full of items! So, now’s the perfect time to get out that rag and dust off your drawer or shelf or whatever you may have.
Step 4: Organize What You Have Left. Now it’s time for the organizing fun! No matter what you’re organizing, you’ll want to arrange the items by type. If you’re organizing your closet, you’ll then want to arrange the items by color. You’ll need to determine whether the addition of jars or storage containers will be beneficial; for kitchen pantries or bathrooms, these are extremely helpful!
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