Maximize your closet space!

No matter what kind of closet you’re planning, take the time to think ahead and really consider what you need to store and where you want to store it. Do you have an attic? Is under the bed storage bins an option for winter clothing …now that it is summer?

By taking a hard look at “must keeps”,  you understand the kind of storage you really need.  If you feel that your closet is not optimizing the space…. draw a sketch out of what you would like it to be.  By going through this exercise, it allows you to see visually what you really have and if there are any space limitations.

Step One

Designate a staging area and empty your closet out. You can use your bed or a cleared-out corner of the room. This important first step requires you to remove everything: clothes, hangers, boxes, folded blankets or piles of old magazines so that you can start with a clean canvas.

Step Two

Organize items into specific categories and take inventory. Some organizers suggest starting with “keep,” “toss” and “donate” piles, while others prefer their clients to start with broad categories (clothes, shoes and linens) and then divide everything into smaller subcategories (sweaters, winter boots and sheets). Do whichever will keep you focused on the purge and organizing process.

Step Three

Eliminate items that don’t belong in that particular closet. One of the big causes of clutter and disorganization in the home is items that belong in the kitchen or bedroom, are found hiding in closets all over the house.  Over time, the temptation to stuff something like a box of appetizer plates in a bedroom closet or extra owels for the bathroom in the entry closet, can cause you to make some bad storage decisions. This is the time to return out-of-place items to their rightful home. But try to stay focused on planning one closet at a time. You can turn your attention to other closets at a later date.

Step Four

Remove unwanted items. This might be the most difficult part of the closet planning process for most people. It helps to establish some basic rules up front, like anything with holes or pairs of shoes or socks missing their partner must go…no exceptions.

You can cut down your closet by 25% by asking yourself one key question: “If I were shopping right now, this very second…. would I buy this?” If the answer is no, you need to place it in the purge pile.

Here are a few more key questions to ask yourself during this process:

  • Have I worn this shirt or skirt in the last year?
  • Does this jacket still fit?
  • Do I really need 12 baskets that look exactly the same?

The answer to many of the questions will likely be “no” and then you can decide if you want to donate items to charity, try selling items online, hold a garage sale or take unwanted items to a local consignment store.

Step Five

Time to organize.

Below are a few tips that may help you keep things in order. Stack T-shirts upright. Now you can see which shirts are there, and you will be able to store double the shirts you did previously.

Tie all your scarves around a hanger. No only is this visually appealing, it is much easier to make a selection in the morning to accessorize your outfit.

Use pillow cases to keep matching sheets together.

We at USI, not only love beautiful spaces, but we absolutely love, love, love, organized, orderly spaces. Not only does it make it more functional and usable, but it maximizes your space…. and who doesn’t want to do that???

The extra few steps you take to organize your space, will not only result in a beautiful environment, it will reduce stress since every items will be easy to locate.

Happy Spring cleaning!