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5 simple steps to an organized closet



Time for some tough love.


No one ever wants to hear this but taking everything out of your closet is the first step in closet organization. It is the best way to really see what and how much you own. The goal is to handle each piece and make a quick, thoughtful decision.


My 5 steps to controlling closet chaos:


  1. Anything that does not belong in a clothes closet should be re-homed (e.g., boxes of printer paper, old dog beds etc.). Sort clothes, shoes, boots, bags, hats, belts, scarves and more into Keep, Toss, Donate, Sell, and Repair. Feel free to keep a small Think About It pile but make sure to come back to it within a week and make final decisions.

  2. So, what should you Keep? Keep items that are in good condition. Anything stained, torn or twisted should go. Keep items that fit you well. Stick with your current size. If your size tends to fluctuate, keep items one size up and down in storage containers. Keep only items that you love how you look and feel in them. Any items that spark bad memories have to go.

  3. Divide items into casual wear and business wear and return to closet. Next, sort into categories: shirts, pants, skirts, jackets and more. From there, subdivide into sleeveless, short sleeve, long sleeve, short skirts to long skirts etc. If you want to go even further, sort by color. Use the same style hanger, and shoe racks/boxes, boot hangers, dividers, etc. as needed.

  4. Keep a donation bag, box or decorative basket in the closet. Each time you determine an item is ready to go to a new home, drop it in the bag. When the bag is full, close it up and immediately put it in your vehicle. The next time you run a few errands, drop off the bag at your favorite charitable organization or consignment shop.

  5. Set a calendar reminder for six months out to take a peek in the closet and review items again. It gets easier and quicker every time.


When was the last time you decluttered and organized your closet? Are you afraid to go in there? I can make it a peaceful place where you can find everything you need in seconds. Contact me at (608) 345-1836 or melanie@resetorganizing.com to get started.