Now that we've addressed the basic process of how to organize your home, we can dive into the specifics of organizing different spaces. Learning how to organize a closet will serve you well when moving on to larger (and possibly more overwhelming!) rooms.
Closets can serve many purposes, including hiding belongings that have no other home. Some people have a "junk" closet. closets for toys, or like me, one that is fully allocated to a pet! But since most people have clothes and linen closets, we'll focus on these. In both cases, everything - yes, everything - needs to be removed from the closet and broken or unneeded items purged.
How to Organize a Linen Closet
Once you've made your trash and donation piles, it's time to sort like items. Linen closets are often used for more than just towels and bed sheets. You may store cleaning supplies, toiletries and even electrical devices like humidifiers and clothes irons, like I do!
Consider which category you use the most (toiletries, towels or something else?) and assign an eye-level shelf for those items. If they take up 2/3 of the shelf or less, do you have a small category that can fit next to them? If you have small children, consider storing cleaning supplies on a higher shelf and items they can reach for themselves down low. A sample plan for your linen closet could be:
Top shelf: infrequently used items (unless you and your family members are tall!)
2nd shelf: towels and sheets
3rd shelf: toiletries
Floor: bulk supplies
Comb your house for un- or under-used containers like bins, baskets, trays and nice boxes. I'm a big proponent of using what you own then upgrading or going to matching containers when time or cash flow allows. If you find that your folding jobs come undone, consider rolling your towels and placing them upright in a basket. A small dresser in the bottom of the closet can also work well for towels or extra blankets.
Remember that the space needs to work well for you and your family's needs. When everyone can find what they need quickly and without a fuss, you'll find the days just move along a little smoother!
How to Organize a Closet for Clothes
Sorting clothes is one of my favorite organizing tasks. I love knowing I can find all of my short-sleeve options in a single place. The number of categories depends on how you look for items and what your space allows. In many cases, you'll want to consider your dressers and any other clothes storage areas when organizing a closet for clothes. A sample plan for a small clothes closet could be:
Top Shelf: stacks of folded sweaters and/or casual pants
Rod: hanging dresses / dress pants / long-sleeve dressy shirts / long-sleeve casual shirts / short-sleeve dressy shirts / short-sleeve casual shirts
Bottom: shoe storage (rack or low drawers)
Door: hanging pocket organizer for tightly-folded shorts, bathing suits, workout clothes or pajamas
The larger the closet, the more the possibilities so take the time to think about your habits and preferences. Organizing is a personal and tailored process. If you're find yourself overwhelmed or just needing a little advice, contact me about how to organize a closet!