What goals do you want to accomplish in the new year? Are any of them related to organizing your home? If your bedroom closet (or another closet in your home) is a disorganized mess, there’s no better time than the new year to take action.
Here are five simple tips you can follow to organize your bedroom closet in the new year. Once complete, you’ll look back and wonder what took you so long.
1. Remove everything
Before you do anything, remove every last item from your closet so that you’re starting with a blank slate. If you neglect to do this, it’s difficult to achieve the results you’re seeking. Furthermore, it makes it impossible to clean your closet before organizing it.
As you remove everything from your closet, categorize it for easier organization when the time comes. For example, put all of your shoes in one pile and sweaters in another. Don’t lump everything together as this will cause you more stress in the long run.
2. Throw out items you no longer need
This is one of the primary reasons to remove everything before you get started. It allows you to make note of any items that you don’t want to keep. By doing this, you’re making room for the items that you actually use.
Have a separate area for any items that you’re disposing of. From there, categorize this area by items that you want to trash and those that you want to donate or sell.
Tip: be careful during this step, as any mistakes could cause you to dispose of something you wanted to keep.
3. Relocate items that don’t belong in your closet
Over time, your closet has the potential to be a catch-all area for other items. From your hair dryer to kitchenware to boys shoes for your son, you never know what you’ll find. These items have a place in your home, and it’s not your closet. Relocate them as you remove them.
4. Add a dresser
This depends largely on the size of your closet, but if you have the room to add a dresser you should consider doing so. There are many benefits, including additional storage and more floor space in your bedroom.
If you don’t have a dresser — and even if you do — shop for a new one that suits your space and style.
5. Double your hanging space
One of the biggest challenges of organizing a bedroom closet is finding enough hanging space. Without this, you begin to hang clothes too tightly, stack them on the floor, or put them in other areas of your home.
A simple solution is to double your hanging space. You can do this by adding another hanger bar below the one that’s already installed. To make this work, you may need to raise the height of your current bar.
Reconfigure your closet
Along with the above, you should also think about the current layout of your closet and if it’s right for you. There are many ways to reconfigure your closet, such as by relocating your clothes bar and shoe rack. Get creative. Try out a few different ideas. You never know what you’ll like until you experiment.
Frequently asked questions
Even with these simple tips guiding you, it’s likely that you’ll have some questions about organizing your bedroom closet. That’s especially true if you’ve never taken on this project before.
Here are some frequently asked questions to address sooner rather than later:
- What is your primary goal for organizing your closet?
- What is your budget?
- Is there anything you need to purchase to complete your space?
- Do you need assistance?
- What types of roadblocks may arise along the way?
These are the types of questions you can expect to move to the forefront as you tackle this project.
Organizing your closet may sound like a massive undertaking, but it doesn’t have to be. With the right approach, you can successfully complete this task in one day or less. But of course, even if it takes longer, you’ll still be happy with the end result.
When was the last time you organized your closet? Were you happy with the result? What steps did you take along the way?