Here are five “Why didn’t I think of that?” closet organizing tips.
Tip 1: Do all your laundry before organizing your closet. You need to know how much clothing you have to fit into your closet. If the clothes don’t fit the space, it may be time to declutter your closet.
Tip 2: Create categories and group ‘like with like’
We sorted the clothing into separate categories: T-shirts, sweaters, pajamas, etc. As we were sorting, we decided on: keepers, donations, hand-me-downs, and fabric recycling (i.e. items that were damaged).
The group ‘like with like’ strategy also worked well for the fifth grader’s stuffed animals. She took the initiative to organize her stuffed animals between the first and second organizing session.
Tip 3: Do regular shoe “check-ups”
We matched up the pairs to make sure there were not any missing shoes and reassigned the wearable shoes to a new easily accessible location.
Tip 4: Don’t be more organized than you need to be
Underwear was moved to a large open container that was easy to access. We didn’t fuss about matching pairs of socks as the fifth grader explained to me that she liked wearing mismatched socks. There was no need to be “over organized.”
Tip 5: Hangers: Discard, donate, and place ‘empties’ at the end
When organizing a closet:
- Discard all broken hangers. Don’t clutter your closet by having unused hangers take up valuable space.
- Donate hangers that are too small or don’t work with the clothes you wear.
- When you remove an item of clothing from your closet, place the empty hanger to one side of all the hanging clothing. When it comes time to hang an item of clothing back in the closet, it is easy to find a hanger and place it where you want it to go. No more scrounging around for hangers.
Photo credits: © Paula Berman Organizing