Organization can be a constant challenge for many of us. We all have those moments when we can't find something and wonder if it will ever be found again or spend hours cleaning, only to find that by the end of the month, those haphazard piles are all back in their usual place.
It's not just time-consuming; it also takes an emotional toll. Studies have shown that incorporating an organizational strategy and keeping your environment free of clutter can improve, and possibly help stabilize, your mental health.
There are ways to keep clutter at bay without too much effort. Here are a few tips to help you organize your closets, or any storage space, more efficiently and keep them that way, with ClosetMaid.
Don't let the state of your current closet intimidate you. Make a positive change in your organizational habits that will last using the right tools and know-how courtesy of ClosetMaid.
Start with a Good Purge
When you're trying to incorporate new organization ideas, it can feel like a daunting task. However, getting started shouldn’t slow you down. It should fill you with excitement!
We all need a little change now and then, so why not make a commitment to a positive one? You'll be surprised by how quickly those old habits can disappear if you give them one final push.
The first step to achieving that goal is to gather those piles, stacks and mounds of clothing or miscellaneous keepsakes out of the area you are looking to organize. Begin sorting all of your items into piles of ‘Keep,’ ‘Donate’ and ‘Throw Away’ piles.
This can be a fun opportunity to actually see what you have. You may be surprised to find that you only wear or use a fraction of what you own.
A general good rule of thumb is to toss anything you haven’t used in the last six months. You can break this down even further by sorting your ‘Keep’ piles into seasonal wardrobe capsules. Rotating your wardrobe and storing away the rest when it is off-season can free up space for a cleaner, stress-free area year ’round.
Begin with a clean slate so that you can freely incorporate a new storage system, such as ClosetMaid's SuiteSymphony in Pure White!
Divide your wardrobe into distinct capsules with well-defined sections for each item to maximize functionality and create an overall pleasing effect.
Designate and Define
Once you’ve decided exactly what is staying and going from your wardrobe, it's time to create the structure for an organized system. Choosing the right storage items as the base of your closet or storage area is critical for forming lasting, orderly habits you’ll actually want to keep.
Employ one of ClosetMaid’s many organizer kits, such as the SuiteSymphony starter kit. The SuiteSymphony design is a beautiful, innovative storage system available in multiple finishes to suit any interior design preferences. The kit comes with three hanging rods and a multitude of shelves for a variety of options on how to restructure your space.
Having plenty of hanging spaces is a great and easy way to save you both space and time. Allocate specific areas for longer items such as skirts, dresses or coats and designate others for shorter items such as blouses, shirts and jackets. This will make it easier to find what you're looking for during those early-morning rushes.
Take this a step further and organize your clothing by color and shade for an attractive visual effect. You can also use the lower hanging rod attachments and shelves as ways to store off-season items out of the way of your in-season items. By placing those items below, you’ll create so much more space for the clothing you’ll actually be wearing, dividing even further between all of your essential ‘Keep’ items for organization at all times.
Finally, slide one of the Stack & Hang 2 Cube Organizers underneath your clothing, up on a nearby wall or on any available floor space near the SuiteSymphony system for an additional row of stylish drawer space. The Stack & Hang 2 Cube Organizer’s cubbies can also hold the stylish Fabric Drawers, perfect for concealing your more intimate items of clothing. The fabric drawers come in several color options, offering even more organization and personalization for your closet makeover.
Fabric drawers not your style? Grab the Revolution Storage Ottoman to organize your shoes or smaller items while also providing a place to sit as you get ready to tackle the day.
Create a unique and stylish setup in your closet by adding storage underneath, above or on the walls beside the complete closet systems.
Create a Plan that Works for You
Ultimately, organizing your closet in a way that you will continue to use is something that only you can determine.
However, utilizing the right tools and tips on your journey to discovering just what your personal organization system will look like will make the transition a smooth one.
Once you have decided what you will be keeping and the storage system you prefer, why not take it one step further and make use of ClosetMaid’s Design Tool to ensure a perfect fit?
The easy-to-use online design tool breaks down each step to design your dream space. Select your desired room, enter your exact dimensions and choose your ClosetMaid product to receive a personalized design. Please note that top shelves and hang rods do frequently require cutting to fit into most closets.
Being able to visualize your preferred design changes ahead of time can be a helpful incentive in getting and staying involved in the organization process. See what you can create for your space today by visiting our website.
Create a custom, personalized space tailored to you by utilizing ClosetMaid’s online Design Tool to create the perfect fit.
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