Organizing your closet can be a big job, especially if you’re dealing with a lot of clutter or haven’t organized it in a while.
But making a plan of attack and focusing on one element of the job can help make it a more digestible project.
In this post, we’re going to break the process down and share some valuable tips that you can use to tackle this job once and for all.
But first, a quick bit of inspiration.
There’s no doubt that organizing and decluttering can be big jobs.
But I believe that Albert Einstein may have said it best:
“Out of clutter, find simplicity. From discord, find harmony. In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.”
And that’s what you can look forward to on the other side of every decluttering project:
A great opportunity for a fresh space that looks and feels amazing.
Let’s dive in.
1. Be Brutally Honest With Yourself
It doesn’t take long to fill our closets with stuff that we never wear or use (or won’t ever wear or use again). And all this extra stuff only contributes to clutter and takes up space that we could use for stuff that we’ll use daily.
So start the process by being honest with yourself about what you’re going to wear, and consider donating or selling the rest.
You can sell old and used clothing items on sites like Poshmark to earn some extra cash.
One good rule of thumb is to use the ‘one-year’ rule. If you haven’t worn or used it in a year, get rid of it to make room for something else.
2. Use Baskets, Boxes, Or Other Containers
One of the first things that tend to ‘go wrong’ in bedroom closets over time is that stuff just kind of ‘piles up.’
This is why you may want to pick up some baskets, boxes, or some other type of container to separate and organize things.
Organizing items in baskets, boxes, or containers gives you the power to keep everything separate and in its own spot. But it also helps you to remember where everything is. That’ll keep you from needing to dig through things to find that bag or scarf you want to wear.
3. Rely On Shelving To Make The Most Of Your Space
Shelves help you to use a lot more of your open space.
If your closet doesn’t have shelving, you may want to consider investing in some to maximize your usable space and cut back on wasted square footage.
You can install shelving units by anchoring them directly to your wall. Or, you can buy shelves that’ll fit into your closet space.
Shelving is a fantastic way to use your space better, but it also empowers you to arrange everything neatly, right where you can see it.
4. Organize Clothes On Hangers By Style
Organizing the clothes hanging on hangers by style can make it easy to find what you’re looking for. All while giving your closet a cleaner, more orderly feel.
For example, you can hang long-sleeved clothing together and short-sleeved clothing together. Or cold weather clothing together and summer clothing together.
You can also arrange clothing by color; this isn’t quite as practical. But in the aesthetic sense, this can be a great way to make your closet look more obviously organized.
5. Use A Shoe Rack Or Shoe Shelf
Shoes are easily one of the most challenging things to organize in your closet. As a general rule, stay away from letting shoes pile up on the floor.
But one crucial thing to keep in mind is that your shoe storage plan should reflect the number of shoes you own.
Storing two pairs of shoes is a much different ordeal than sharing 20 pairs of shoes.
So plan appropriately.
6. Install Battery-Powered LED Lights
Using battery-powered LED lights inside your closet can level up your ability to organize it and make it beautiful.
But it can also make it easier to find what you’re looking for without needing to juggle a flashlight or search blindly through the dark.
Not all closets have lighting built-in. But battery-powered lights are cheap to buy, simple to install, and can level up your closet organization efforts.
7. Don’t Use The Space As ‘Out Of Site’ Storage Space
Sometimes, we get into the habit of tossing stuff into our closets because we don’t have another clear place for it.
But this only serves to make the closet more cluttered and undermines your attempts to make it organized and attractive.
One alternative is to place an empty laundry basket in the corner of your closet for ‘overflow.’
You can then deal with the stuff you throw into this basket once per week. And avoid having it overflow into the rest of your beautifully organized closet space.
I’ve used this specific principle to great effect, except I used a cardboard box. When the box filled up with ‘stuff,’ I would take it out and deal with it all. That usually meant dropping it off as a donation at a thrift store.
But hey, it kept my closet from overflowing and getting messier.
And that’s what matters.
Hopefully, this post has helped to inspire you with all kinds of new bedroom closet organization ideas.
Just remember — every closet is unique and different. Don’t be afraid to research and make a plan first. And don’t be afraid to try new and crazy ideas, no matter how unique or out of the ordinary they might be.
You may need to buy a few things to crank the organization up a notch. But when it comes to removing clutter and feeling better about the state of your closet, it’ll be more than worth it.
Adam Marshall is a freelance writer who specializes in all things apartment organization, real estate, and college advice. He currently works with Grove at Lubbock to help them with their online marketing.