As summer winds down to an end and fall is on our doorstep, chances are the wardrobe in your closet will soon be changing too. However, if you are like most, your closet may seem smaller than the amount of clothes and belongings you have to put in it! So, what is the best way to clean your closet and make it the most functional it can be? Parry Custom Homes, a premier Pittsburgh on your lot builder, shares the best tips that will have your closet in tip top shape before the weekend is over!
Step 1: The first thing you will want to take is to do an audit of your closet. What clothes do you want to keep? What can you get rid of? Does it fit? When is the last time you wore it? Are there any imperfections such as stains or holes that cannot be fixed?
Step 2: Make four piles that you can distribute items in your closet into.
Pile 1: Items to keep
Pile 2: Items to store
Pile 3: Items to donate or sell
Pile 4: Items to throw away
You can then put each pile into a plastic bag to keep away from your closet area and keep together, for where they need to go next.
Sept 3: The next thing you will want to do is take an inventory of your hangers. Group your hangars together by style. For example, what hangers as best for delicate items or fabrics? Which hangers are best for sturdier items like coats or suit jackets? Do you have hangars made specifically for pants? Organize the similar hangars together, into grouped pairings by type.
Step 4: Begin to hang your clothes up that will fit for the upcoming season, and items that will get you through the “transition” period of temperatures between seasons. Anything that you won’t be wearing for the next several months, store.
Step 5: Begin to organize accessories. Once your clothing is situated and hung up, move on to your accessory items like hats, scarves, belts, purses, etc. If you don’t have drawers or storage in your closet, you can use boxes or bins to store these items. You can get creative and store them above your closet or wherever you have the best amount of room to keep them out of the way, but still easy to access.
Step 6: Move on to your jewelry. A great way to organize jewelry in your closet, is to get a pegboard and mount it to a wall or the back of your closet door. You can put hooks on it and hang bracelets, necklaces, earrings, etc.
Step 7: Shoes will be the last items in your closet to focus on. If you have the original shoe boxes, a great idea is to label each shoe on the front of the shoebox and store them that way. This is a much more efficient way to store shoes and save room since you can stack the boxes and grab for easy access. If you don’t have the original shoeboxes, simply purchase some boxes fit for shoes at places like Bed Bath and Beyond or the Container Store.
Step 8: A good rule of thumb is to go back through your closet and organize it in a way that is easy and makes sense. For example, you can group all like-items together by color. For example, if you have 5 color tank tops, place all tank tops in one area and organize them from darkest to lightest.
Step 9: Be sure to give your closet a good vacuuming, dusting and wiping down once you are all done.
You will be prepared to take on the new season and make selecting items from your closet a breeze.
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