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10 Closet Organizing Ideas to Conquer Clutter, Gain Space, and Store More of What Matters

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The best closet organizing ideas are easy to implement and give you significant benefits for a minimal investment of time, energy, and money. By knowing where and how to focus your resources, you can achieve your goals faster and with much less effort than you may have thought possible. Here are ten tips to help you to succeed:

1. Make a Plan. Divide your outline by room and within each room, by zone. Break each job down into small, achievable tasks and estimate how much time each task will take.

2. Empty Out Your Storage Space. Remove everything from your closet piece by piece. Place your belongings in temporary holding spaces where they won’t be in the way.

3. Clean, Repair and Measure Your Closet. Clean the walls and floor of your space. Do light repairs, fill in holes, sand, and paint. Finally, measure the area’s width and depth. You’ll need these measurements later when choosing organizing products.

4. Declutter, Declutter, Declutter. If you implement only one of these closet organizing ideas, make sure it’s this one. The only way to optimize your use of space, is to get rid of the things that do not add value. This would include anything that is damaged, worn out, ill fitting, or out of fashion. Go through everything and make decisions about what to keep and what to sell, donate, or discard.

5. Separate the Seasons. This is perhaps the most overlooked of all closet organizing ideas. The use of your closet should be be restricted to the storage of items that are in season and in active rotation in your wardrobe. To maximize the efficiency and effectiveness of your space, remove belongings that are out of season and find alternative places to store them.

6. Sort and Categorize Your Belongings. Categorization will help you to determine how much storage space to allot to each grouping and also help you to identify the types of closet organizing components you need. The broadest categories are clothing, footware, and accessories. These can be further subdivided by type (e.g. shirts, dresses, pants, etc.), use (formal, business, casual, sport), and colour.

7. Install a Closet Organizing System. A system can be customized according to your needs and your budget. It allows you to harness every inch of usable space while the components keep your belongings safely stowed and accessible when you need them.

8. Use Organizing Products. Shelf dividers, boxes, baskets, and bins can help you to optimize your use of space. Containers provide the additional benefit of protection against dust, moisture, and pests.

9. Repack Your Closet Top to Bottom. Store your belongings according to how high they are worn on your body – hats and scarves at the top, shirts and pants in the middle, and shoes at the bottom. Place the things that you wear most often in the most accessible places.

10. Find Alternative Storage Options for Overflow. There are many spaces, other than your closet, that can be used for the storage of clothing, footware and accessories. You can install shelving and hooks to harness wallspace, use underbed and over the door organizers, and use a trunk and other furniture.

By putting these closet organizing ideas to use, you can create a space that is orderly, functional and practical. You’ll enjoy many benefits, including relief from stress and frustration, enhanced aesthetic appeal, and time and energy savings.

Professional Organizer Andrew Neary specializes in home, closet, basement, garage, and storage locker organizing. Andrew is a 15 year veteran of the services industry and a member of Professional Organizers in Canada. As a recognized expert in his field, Andrew has been quoted in the Toronto Star, the Ottawa Citizen, and in Chatelaine. He is a frequent guest speaker at Toronto area Colleges and has been a featured guest expert on TV and Radio. Andrew’s company offers organizing services to clients residing in Toronto, the GTA, and surrounding municipalities. For more closet organizing ideas, expert advice, and professional organizing services, visit Andrew’s website at”>

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