When the New Year comes around, people start thinking about changes they want to make in their lives. One resolution that can be surprisingly impactful is getting organized around the home. Closets become a catch-all throughout the year for storing items that are also hidden from sight. Organizing your closet might seem challenging, but these steps will help you get through it quickly and easily. 

Step One: Empty the Closet

To effectively organize your closet, you should start by taking everything out of it. Try to keep like articles of clothing and accessories together, and place them on the bed or in baskets. When the closet is empty, you can easily clean it. Wipe down the shelves, clear cobwebs away from the corners, and vacuum the floor. Now you have a clean slate for organizing your closet.

Step Two: Get Rid of Things You Don’t Use

Over the holidays, you will likely be given some gifts that will end up in your closet. The end of the year is the perfect time to declutter. While you have all of your clothes and accessories out of the closet, go through them and discard items that you haven’t used all year. Once you have sorted through everything and made piles for donating, selling, and throwing away, you are ready to continue organizing your closet.

Step Three: Make a Plan for Organizing Your Closet

This step looks different for everyone depending on the type of closets in the house. The plan for organizing a walk-in closet won’t be the same for a smaller reach-in closet, but the logistics are similar. Keep like items together, for instance, all button-up shirts hung in one area, all jeans hung together or folded on shelves, and shoes on a shelf on the floor or in a hanging shoe rack. 

Step Four: Hacks for Organizing Your Closet

There are handy features that can be added to your closet to maximize the organizational space and make it easier to find things. 

  • Install hooks on the wall to hang accessories like hats, belts, and scarves.
  • Put shower rings on a hanger to hang several neckties.
  • Install battery-powered push-lights on the walls in areas that are dark and are hard to see.
  • Install a shelf about a foot underneath the ceiling for storing items that are not frequently used. 

With these tips, organizing your closet can be a fun project. It’s rewarding to easily find what you need when getting ready in the morning. As an added bonus, you’ll have room for those new sweaters you received as gifts over the holidays.

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