Does your typical morning routine involve rummaging through a chaotic closet searching for that perfect outfit or pair of shoes? If yes, you should do something about reclaiming your closet space (and restoring your sanity)!
One place to start is to declutter your closet. Tidy and functional closet space tends to bring peace and save precious minutes every morning.
Closet organization has numerous benefits beyond mere aesthetics. Imagine having easy access to all of your clothing, neatly arranged and categorized. You’ll no longer have to dig through piled-up or tangled hangers to find what you need when you need it.
Of course, this begs the question, “Why stop at a basic closet organization when you can take it a step further?” Consider investing in a custom closet from Holland’s Custom Cabinets that allows you to optimize your closet space.
Customization allows you to tailor storage to your specific needs, ensuring there’s a place for everything. From adjustable shelves to built-in drawers, custom closets bring order to chaos and transform spaces into personalized storage oases.
Let’s check out a few practical and helpful tips to declutter and organize your closet.
1. Assessing Your Closet
When it comes to decluttering your closet, one of the most important steps is assessing its current state. This helps you understand how you can make the most of the space.
For instance, many people tend to accumulate clothes and accessories. The result is an overflowing closet, where finding what’s needed is often overwhelming.
Assessing your closet allows you to see just how much you have and determine what needs to stay or go. Consider the frequency of use, condition, and personal attachment to each item. Create closet space and greater visibility by letting go of pieces that no longer serve you. This way, you’ll be able to find and access your desired items with ease.
Further, cluttered shelves, tangled hangers, and mismatched storage solutions can contribute to closet chaos. Take note of the disarray during your assessment. Then, gather the necessary organizing supplies, such as bins, dividers, and hangers, to store every item systematically.
Decluttering can work wonders in improving closet organization. However, it is easier said than done. Doing it right requires time, focus, and decision-making. Avoid rushing through the process, and ensure that you give each item the consideration it deserves before tossing it out or retaining it.
2. Sorting and Purging
Sorting your items into categories, such as clothes, shoes, accessories, and miscellaneous items, allows you to clearly see what you have and figure out how to organize it effectively.
Start by taking everything out of your closet and sorting the items into categories. This will help you identify duplicate items, things you forgot you had, or what you no longer need/want. Once this is done, decide what you want to keep, donate, or discard.
Remember, creating a functional space means keeping only what you genuinely need and like. If you haven’t worn a particular item in over a year or it no longer fits your style, it may be time to let go. To purge your closet effectively, ask yourself if you’d buy the item again today. If the answer is no, bid it farewell.
3. Maximizing Storage Space
When you want to maximize your closet space, remember that a well-organized and efficient closet layout makes finding and storing items a breeze. For this to work, you need to make the most of the available space.
You can start by utilizing often-neglected vertical space by investing in hangers that allow you to hang multiple garments vertically. Additionally, create close space by installing shelves above or below the hanging rod to store items such as folded sweaters, shoes, or accessories.
Drawers are great for storing smaller items such as socks, undergarments, and accessories in a neat and easy-to-access manner. You can use drawer dividers to further optimize space and keep items separate.
Don’t forget about the back of the closet door! Install hooks or hanging organizers to store items such as belts, scarves, or purses. This can help to maximize closet space while keeping these items visible and within easy reach.
4. Efficient Closet Organization
Efficient closet organization makes it easy for you to find what you need. Organizing clothes by category helps you easily locate specific items, such as shirts, pants, or dresses. Consider using dividers or separate sections to keep each category distinct.
For small closet organizations, find ways to utilize every inch of the space. Fold bulkier items such as sweaters and jeans to save room, and utilize vertical space by hanging shirts and dresses. You can further optimize space by using cascading hangers or hooks for accessories.
Implementing these simple tips will transform your closet into a well-organized haven, allowing you to enjoy and manage your wardrobe.
5. Closet Maintenance
Proper closet maintenance not only helps save time and reduces stress, it can also prolong the lifespan of your clothes and accessories. However, it’s an ongoing process.
Every few months, assess your wardrobe and donate or discard items you no longer need or want. This limits unnecessary accumulation of clothes and accessories and creates space for new items.
After decluttering your closet, categorize remaining items by type, such as shirts, jeans, dresses, and skirts, and arrange them systematically. Use storage solutions such as hangers, dividers, and shelves to help maximize space utilization.
Periodically inspect your closet for broken hangers, loose screws, damaged shelves, and so on. Addressing such issues promptly prevents further damage and ensures a safe environment for your belongings.
Last but not least, make it a point to put items back in their designated spots after every use. Resist the temptation to toss your things on the nearest shelf as this often leads to the creation of huge messes.
6. Styling and Personalization
Think of your custom closet as a creative canvas where you can showcase your unique personality and sense of style.
Feel free to experiment with closet styles, designs, and color schemes. Arrange your clothes in a visually-pleasing manner, and make a place for adding decorative elements such as artwork or even plants. You can make your unique custom closet accommodate practically everything, from decorative boxes and baskets to vintage trunks.
By personalizing your closet, you transform it from a mundane storage area into a curated haven that reflects who you are. It’s a great opportunity to unleash your creativity. Have fun with it!
A well-designed and personalized closet style not only makes getting ready for the day or getting ready for bed less of a hassle, it also can be a source of inspiration.
Say Goodbye to Closet Clutter
It’s time to say goodbye to closet clutter-induced stress and hello to a hassle-free morning routine. Take the time to modify your closet style and embrace the benefits of closet organization. Your wardrobe and your peace of mind will thank you for it.
The experienced designers and builders at Holland’s are masters when it comes to crafting robust and beautiful custom closets. Our precision-built storage solutions are high-quality, functional, aesthetic, and made to last for decades. Schedule a consultation to create the closet design of your dreams or visit our El Cajon, CA showroom for inspired cabinet and closet ideas.