Your closet is an oft-forgotten area of the home. It’s hidden away by large closet doors and for many it serves merely a utilitarian function. Yet, an organised closet will help you save time when you are heading out and make the space so much more attractive and functional. It also helps that this is something you can achieve on a budget and over the course of a weekend.
Always start your journey toward organising any area of your home with a good purge. Getting rid of the things you no longer need can be a cathartic experience that will make your space feel more manageable and functional.
1. Start with the items that take up the most space in your closet. Maybe boxes of trinkets that you no longer use. An old suitcase or bags that have become unusable over the years. Anything that can either be moved elsewhere, disposed of or that no longer comfortably fits in your closet should be your primary target.
2. Make piles that signify the state of each. Ideally you will probably have a pile to be thrown out, one pile you will keep and another you may consider donating to charity.
3. Ensure your donation pile doesn’t include items that are irredeemable. Only donate those things that have value but that you do not need. A good rule of thumb is if you have an item that you haven’t used for more than a year, it should probably be donated or given away.
Quite often a closet can become a go to space for items you simply do not want to see regularly. However, when considering that the average home in Jamaica will not have large walking closets it is best to find other areas that may be an alternative to your clothing closet. If you have a spare bedroom or any other space that is underutilised but sufficiently enclosed consider moving larger items there.
Under the bed can be an excellent area for organised storage. Bins that are flatter and wider can be placed underneath the bed to store items that may exceed the closet space but that are small enough to fold or place directly in these bins. Strategically placing them closer to the edges means you will be able to pull them out quickly to retrieve items as you need them.
Drawers and shelving below your hanging space and dividers in strategic areas will give your closet more useful places to store items and can make the space look more visually appealing. Simple closet shelves, dividers and drawers can be found at most hardware stores and are fairly easy to install as a DIY project.
Your shoes can be some of the most problematic items to store. Some people may prefer to simply push them under the bed however having your shoes organised and quickly accessible will make a big difference when getting ready on rush days. Here are a few suggestions on how to save space and organise your shoes.
-Place them on shelving or racks within the closet.
-Place them in shoe stacking bins just below your hanging items.
-Use over the door shoe racks to save even more space in your closet.
Once your closet has been strategically fitted with new drawers, dividers, shelves and/or racks. It is time to engage the subtle art of adroitly hanging and folding your newly organised items. Here are a few useful tips that will yield the best results.
-Use special hangers for scarves, belts and ties. These will allow optimal positioning and spacing while making these items more easy to store.
-Hang pants on… pants hangers. Instead of using regular hangers use nifty pants hangers that will conserve space and make it easier to fold pants over each bar.
-Place smaller bags in larger bags.
-Place your bras inside of each other for more effective storage.
-Use the vertical folding method also known as the KonMari method to place items in drawers to maximise space saving.
So you purged and did everything outlined but you still have a bit more clothes than your closet can manage? Well it may be time to consider an open clothes rack in an area of the room. You can make a DIY project of it or acquire a prebuilt unit that can look very attractive when placed in a small section of the room, neatly organised and away from direct sunlight. This means avoid placing your clothes rack in front of a bedroom window or skylight.
Your closet doesn’t have to be a clutter fest and once you implement these simple yet effective strategies you will be on your way to a beautifully organised space.
Need more tips on how to organise spaces in your home? Check out our articles on how to organise your living room and kitchen for even more space saving tips.