Clutter is a problem for many people, and when it comes to closets, almost all of us have some organizational skeletons hiding out. Deb and her friends at California Closets teamed up to find creative solutions to get your closet looking as beautiful as the rest of your home -- and clear out the clutter! Here is what they suggested.
Have a Cycle
This is key and you need to look at the cycle or flow you have for your home -- it's really the psychology behind organizing. When you bring something into your home, or you take something out of the closet, you need to have a system in place to put it away. If you haven't dealt with the cycle of things, then no matter how many bins and baskets you buy, it isn't going to help.
Sort Your Stuff
Empty out the entire closet. As you take things out, organize your belongings into piles for items to donate to charity, repairs/alterations, garbage and keep, but be ruthless with yourself.
Maximize Your Space
If you are lucky enough to have a custom-designed closet, it will optimize the space and make it work efficiently for you. If you don't, customize it yourself. When you have the closet empty, take a look at the space. Does it work for you the way you need it to? For example, do you have mostly items that you fold and need shelves for but your closet has a hanging bar only? If the function doesn't work for you, then put in extra pieces. Hang some canvas shelves on the rod and fold sweaters in them, or put a small set of drawers in the bottom, and consider adding an extra shelf at the top of your closet if space allows. The space on the back of the door can also be used with a shoe caddy, hooks, hanging pockets, etc.
Let There Be Light
If your closet is really dark, add a small light. If you can't see what you're looking for, you're bound to be frustrated and are more likely to let the clutter grow.
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