Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Reclaim Your Bedroom Closet

“I wish I had more closet space” is something I often hear when it comes to bedroom closets. How about tackling your closet using my STUFF System™?

Sort
The first step is to take everything out of your closet. As you are taking the clothing out, sort items into categories. Some categories might be long hanging clothes, sweaters, jeans, etc.

Take Out
You can usually reclaim space in your closet by getting rid of the items you don’t use on a regular basis. Have piles for donate, sell, repair or throw out. Don’t keep clothing that you have not worn in the last year. Don’t keep clothing that doesn’t match anything and get rid of the uncomfortable stuff.

Utilize a System / Space
Once everything is out of the space, decide how you would like to organize your clothes. Deciding what to wear can be made easier by having your clothing visible and assessable. One way to do this is to sort your clothes by their function. That means having all your sweaters, dresses, dress pants, and etc. grouped together. Another way to organize your clothes is by colors- reds, blues, greens, browns or blacks.

Fill Containers
Take advantage of the unused space in your closet. For example, the back of the door is a good place for hanging shoe, purse, hat or belt racks. Is there space to add shelves? Sometimes less space is needed for hanging clothes and more space can be obtained by installing shelves. Use higher shelves or under the bed storage for out-of-season clothing.

Follow-Up
Don’t forget to maintain your space on a regular to basis to keep it accessible and looking nice. You might just need a quick tune up every time you put your clothes away. Take time at the change of seasons to assess what clothing wasn’t worn, what needs repair or if there are items that you just don’t like anymore. Let going of holding on to items for that “someday I might wear this again.”

1 comment:

ClutterControlFreak said...

These are some great tips - thanks!!

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