You have plenty of items to store, so now you are seeking out the top secrets for closet organization. Great news- this beginner’s guide to efficient storage will teach you all the tricks used by experts in organizing. Whether you are setting up your closet for a bedroom or kitchen, bathroom or hallway, this universally applicable advice is sure to make stowing and packing a breeze.
Keep your valuables out of sight and tuck away your items so that you can reach them without clutter. Life is short, and anywhere we can save a few moments (or make them easier) is a huge win. We detail all the necessary knowledge and hidden gems of closet organizing so the process can be more than just simple- it becomes enjoyable.
Tips and Tricks
The first step to organizing a closet is identifying the space you want to optimize. Are you overhauling all of your closets? Or just those in select rooms? Answer this question before proceeding.
Now that you know the spot you want to perfect; the first bit is straightforward. Empty out the contents- even if you are certain that you will replace them shortly. Once space is free of items, grab a bucket full of soapy water (and a rag) and wipe down all of the closet’s surfaces.
If you plan to use the area for food storage, steer clear of chemical cleaners and try a natural alternative. These cover everything from baking soda, essential oils (orange is great), and vinegar. When you keep everything food-safe, you can rest assured that there is no chemical contamination. Once all the surfaces are thoroughly cleaned, dry them and leave the door (if any) open for a couple of hours to prevent mildew and mold.
Clear out Clutter
So, now that the closet is spiffy clean and bone dry, it is time to start organizing. Remember when you took all the items out of the closet? Now we take a good, hard look at their actual value. If you prefer making lists, take a written inventory. If you are discerning by nature, now is the time for brutal honesty with yourself.
Are there unused items? Broken parts? Something with ‘sentimental value’ that you cannot seem to recall? Now is the time to throw these items away. If the products are high-quality (just underused) consider donating them to your local thrift store. The key to organizing is efficiency, and clutter precludes this goal. Bring over the trash can and fill it with any items that are no longer necessary. It will sere you in the long run.
Prioritize your space
By now, you should have a good idea of what your closet space looks like, as well as the items that you plan to use to fill the shelves. Of the items that remain, determine which ones you use the most frequently.
Chances are, your turkey roasting pan sees less use than your salt and sugar. Be realistic and truthful. If you are too busy to cook, don’t prioritize items meant for fancy meals. If you cook regularly, don’t prioritize take-out menus. Use logic when prioritizing.
All storage areas have both easy and hard to reach areas. If you are short, then it is easier to reach bottom shelves. Put less-used items towards the top. If you are a taller individual, chances are that crouching is uncomfortable.
Keep less-needed items towards the bottom, should this be the case. Like in shopping markets, the best spot is right in front of our eyes. Identify this shelf- it is your prime real estate. This is where you put the most frequently used items you plan to store.
Arrange your Items
Now that you have done the groundwork, the next step is to place your items in the closet. First, place awkward, uncommon items in the nooks and crannies which we discussed. Make a mental note as to where they now live (after all, out of sight, out of mind- and we don’t want to lose our roasting pan).
Once you’ve shelved all the unusual items, place the common parts back in the shelf. Center these so that they are readily apparent for use. Lives improve when we can easily access our necessary items. Place these in clear sight and face the labels. Make sure that items which expire sooner are in front of those with longer life spans.
Find a System
Congratulations, now that your items are in place, you have a well-established closet. That said, it is only as valuable as the use it gains us. In order to get proper use from your closet, you need a system. Over the next few days, get an idea of what you use and when.
Make sure to replace all the items as soon as you use them. Within the first week, some required changes will become clear. Whether it is a tucked-away tool which, as it turns out, you often use, or if it is an item that you thought was popular and actually isn’t, you now know the adjustments you need to make.
Shift items according to your experience for an optimal storage experience.
Maintenance is Key
Upkeep is the secret to a proper storage experience. This means that, in order to benefit from your storage space, you need to keep the area clean and sorted. If there is clutter after a couple of weeks, consider an organizer. They do not need to be high-end (sometimes, even a shoebox works). The trick is to find a regular interval for upkeep and stick to the schedule. Wipe down the closet occasionally, and keep items faced and sorted.
There are some components of closet sorting that are straightforward. The foil of this truth is that there are tricks that come as a surprise. These come with some strange guises, things like broken shelves, damaged fixtures, spills, breakage, and hidden areas. Keep an eye out for space restrictions caused by things like plumbing. If there is a spill or a break, make sure to fix the damage right away. Clean hidden nooks regularly to prevent mold.
A Final Word on Organizing
With most of the world living in an urban environment, it is more necessary than ever to optimize space. Use these handy tricks and logical tips to make the most of what you have- both by way of utility, as well as value from your possessions. When we organize things concisely, we save both time and tedium, so that we can make the most out of our day.