Is your closet a disaster? You’re not alone! There are so many things you can do to organize your closet into the one you’ve always dreamed of, but you have to get busy. Whether you start with a clean slate or find ways to make storage easier, you will love these cheap ways to organize your closet!
1. Remove everything and clean – First things first. Remove everything from your closet. EVERYTHING. Your bedroom may look like a tornado hit it once you’re done, but it will pay off in the end. Once the closet is empty, clean the shelves, dust the clothing racks, vacuum, shampoo the carpet if you want, etc. Pretend you are moving and you are cleaning it for the next owners. You want to make everything as clean as possible so that when you add everything back, you can feel good about how everything looks.
2. Invest in a storage system – While your closet is cleaned out, measure the walls and shop for a storage system. You do not have to invest in an expensive one! There are pieces that you can buy and put together yourself. These pieces will make it so much easier to organize your closet. Whether you add additional hanging rods or shelving, things will look much better when you’re done. Try to give everything it’s own “space.” The shoes will go in this area, the shirts will hang in this area, etc.
3. Use an “Over the Door Shoe Organizer” for accessories – Shoe organizers aren’t just for shoes. They are perfect for small accessories – and hanging yours over the door will save on space! You can use these organizers for everything from scarves and belts to wallets and small clutch bags. This is such an inexpensive option that yields big results.
4. Buy clear shoe boxes – The shoe boxes that you purchase the shoes in a great way to protect your shoes, but you have to look through every box to find the pair you need. One tip that you can use is to buy clear shoe boxes. Clear shoe boxes are not only sturdier, but they stack well and can be re-purposed extremely easily. If you do intend to use them only for shoes or prefer to keep the boxes the shoes originally came in, consider stacking them all, taking pictures of the shoes inside each and taping the photos to the front of each of the boxes. This way you’ll always know where each pair goes and you’ll be able to find your organized shoes quickly.
5. Create “Toss” and “Donate” bins – Last, but not least, as you place things back in your closet, go through each item and place items that you no longer want in a “toss” or “donate” box. If you have a yearly garage sale, place the nicest of your toss/donate items in a separate storage bin (marked garage sale!) and hold it for that time of year. Another great tip is to place all your hanging clothing in the closet so the hangers are backwards. As you wear items, turn the hanger around. A year from now, take all the items that are still backwards and toss or donate them. Just like you, I expect that I’ll wear all of my clothing eventually, but it rarely actually happens.
Is doesn’t take a lot of money to organize your closet. There are so many little things you can do that are very affordable and when you’re done with items in your closet, have more or less space, or need to reorganize, you can reuse any of these organizational items for a very long time. Whether you invest in a storage system or use clear shoe boxes, you CAN have the closet of your dreams!