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Organizing and Decluttering a Closet

By February 14, 2014 4 Comments
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What a project this always is! Getting into your closets and removing all the things that are cluttering and taking up space; then organizing them, it can be consuming. Think of it this way, by organizing your closet and de-clutter the mess it will help you conserve time later by being that much easier to find things and know what you need. For every down side there is an up side!

colored closet

So where do you begin? Follow these simple steps and you well be on your way to easing the clutter and chaos in your closet. First open the closet doors and take a look at the contents.

Start with taking everything out one item at a time. When doing so create piles.

  • A pile to discard (let’s hope this becomes the biggest)
  • A pile of items you use, want to keep and know you will continue to use
  • A pile of not really sure (we will deal with later)

Pile of clothes

 Now that you created the piles attend to the pile of the items you know you want to keep and use. This one is what you will organize so that you can find things in a closet. Group like things, for instance if you are working in a clothes closet group together all shirts, pants, shoes etc. Then when placing items back in your closet make sure that the “go to” items are easily accessible. So if you have a reach in closet those items that you know you use everyday are front and center. Other items that you do not use as frequently, put toward the outer corners or up high, giving room to the most frequently items.

Along with grouping like things, in a clothes closet you can also group by color which will further ease what you need to find.

Now to deal with the two piles left behind. The one to discard is easy if the items are in good enough condition donate them to Good Will, your local place of worship, or look into local charities. Keep a list when you donate because these items might be able to be used as a tax deduction for you.  Otherwise if the item is not usable, discard it.  No matter what is in that pile it must be removed otherwise those items might tend to creep back into your organized closet.

The next pile, the one you are not really sure of… honestly look at the condition and see if you can possibly sell any of those items locally on Craigslist, local second hand shops, there are Face book Groups that have local yard sales look for them in your area if you are on Face book. Or you can also try selling on EBay. This pile may take a little longer to remove but with effort and time you will be pleased with your results.

Karen GP

Author Karen GP

Karen GrayPlaisted is the principle owner of Design Solutions KGP. She is a graduate from Pace University and The Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC. Her marketing background and design sense are a perfect combination for home sellers. In the first year she began her staging business, she won the ‘Rising Star’ accolade from RESA, selected from all North American stagers, USA and Canada. In 2016 she won top Occupied Stager in the USA. Karen’s ability to educate and empower clients using simple solutions allows homeowners to transform their spaces with desirable affordable decadence.

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