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Closets are just like any other kind of bedroom storage—when they work, it’s great and you don’t think about it, but when it starts to get a little cluttered and hard to use, it can throw your whole routine off balance.

While closet organization can go a long way, sometimes it isn’t enough to contain the mess. Sometimes it’s just better to take everything out and start all over, hopefully this time with a better plan in mind to keep everything under control.

Sounds appealing? Here’s a few ways to get started:

 

Take everything out of your closet. It’s exactly what it sounds like, and it’s the best place to get started. Take everything out of your closet, starting with the hangers and moving onto the shelves, but don’t stop there—while everything is out of the closet, find a better way to get it organized. Sort by type (shirt, work clothes, sweaters/cold weather gear) and then further sort by whatever method makes most sense to you, be it by size or color.

 

Purge as able: While you’re re-sorting everything you took out of the closet, you might notice you have some stuff you’re not really going to wear anymore. Maybe it’s stained and ruined, maybe it’s the wrong size, maybe you just don’t like it as much as you did when you bought it. Whatever the reason, get ready to part with it and make your life that much easier.

 

Get the measurements you need: Speaking of things not fitting right, now is a great time to get the dimensions of your closet. This will help you get a much better idea of how to use the space and what limits you have to store everything. Measure the length of the hanging rack, the length of your shelves, and the height of the doors to help with further planning.

 

Consider add-ons: After you have the measurements and a better idea of the space, you might want to take a look at what you can add to help make the most of the space. Can you add a hanging rod if you don’t have one to begin with? Should you put some closet shelves up on the back wall, or over the rod? Is there enough space on the doors for over the door storage? We’re not saying you need to call a contractor to build you an entirely new closet, but tossing some new shelves or hangers in there might help prevent some headaches down the road.

 

Settle on an organization method: This step is entirely up to you, but it will be good to settle on an organization method before you put everything back. Some of the more common options are:

  • By season: summer dresses in one area and winter clothes in another
  • By clothing type: slacks over here, T-shirts over here
  • By use: work clothes up front, casual/weekend clothes in back for easier access

 

Additionally, a lot of people choose to divide (not always physically) their closet into ‘zones’. Zone 1, for example, could be for clothes that you wear most often, and Zone 5 can be for areas you can’t get to very easily. This can prevent you from storing a commonly-needed article of clothing in an area that’s impossible to get to.

 After all this, you just have to make sure you’re ready to stay vigilant so it doesn’t get this bad again. You’ll be glad you did it in the long run.

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