Ten Tips for Easy Bedroom Closet Organization

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The bedroom closet can be one of the most daunting spaces in your home to clean and organize. And no wonder! Closets are generally tiny spaces that are supposed to store a lot of stuff! How can you fit it all in without breaking the rules of physics?

And assuming you do manage to get your closet tidied up, how do you keep it from becoming the room-sized equivalent of a junk drawer, where you throw in items and cross your fingers that they’ll still be there when you come back looking for them?

Not to worry. There are ways to streamline the closet organization process and make the results easier to maintain.

The secret to easy closet organization and maintenance is to make efficient use of the storage space you have. Here are a few useful tips to get you started:

  1. Sort clothes for easier triage. You know the drill. When decluttering any space in your house, you want to separate items into three piles: Keep, Trash, and Donate. For your closet, you might want to include a fourth category for seasonal storage. But before you even get to the triage stage of clothes sorting, separate each item by type of apparel. A pile for pants, a pile for sweaters, a pile for short sleeved shirts, and so on. That way you can avoid sorting fatigue and more easily determine whether you have a surplus of any one type of clothing. Once you’ve got several piles of different types of clothes, continue on to the Keep, Trash, Donate phase of sorting.

  2. Take everything out of the closet and give it a thorough cleaning. Getting everything out is an important step because it helps you more easily visualize the possibilities for the space. With all your closet items temporarily stored in bins and boxes (or just on the bed), give your closet a good cleaning. Vacuum the floor, sweep out any cobwebs, and dust the shelves. Now you’re ready to implement some good organization solutions.

  3. Consider buying a shoe organizer. Shoes tend to be a big source of clutter in closets. Most of us have at least a couple pairs for each season, and some of us maybe have a slight shoe addiction. It’s even worse if you share your closet with your spouse or partner. Two people’s shoe collections can take up a lot of space! If you are in danger of being crushed by a cascade of pumps, trainers, and sandals each time you open your closet door, it’s probably time to invest in a good shoe organizer. They come in many styles and varieties, from shelving solutions to slanted floor racks to back-of-the-door pocket organizers. Pick one you like and use it!

  4. Use drawer and shelf dividers. If you have drawers in your closet (or plan to install drawer type storage solutions), drawer dividers will make your life a lot easier. Especially for sock, underwear, and accessory drawers. Similarly, shelf dividers will keep your organization functioning long-term. Don’t let your bed linens mingle with your holiday decorations! If shelf dividers won’t do the trick, store different categories of items in attractive boxes and baskets.

  5. Use a tiered system to keep what you need close to hand. For most people, it works well to keep the most-used items at eye level in the closet. Lesser used items should go on shelves below your hanging clothes, or on the floor. And your least-used items should go up high, on the top shelf. The exception is for very tall people for whom the top shelf is at eye level. If that’s the case for you, store your least-used items on the lowest tier of your closet.

  6. Maximize vertical space. When you arrange your top shelf, is there still a lot of space between the tops of your items or storage bins and the ceiling? If so, you can get more out of that vertical space by adding an extra shelf. This could be a wooden shelf that you install with mounts and screws, or it could be a couple of wire racks that give you an elevated space to store more stuff.

  7. Store out-of-season items elsewhere, if possible. If you have a more spacious closet, you can probably skip this step. But if your closet is very small, you might get better use out of it if you make it a space for in-season items only. During the summer, consider storing your heavy coats and snow boots in under-the-bed storage boxes or in bins in your garage or attic. When winter arrives, you can switch out your wardrobe and store all of your shorts and swimsuits in the out-of-season space.

  8. Eliminate negative space. Once you’ve got everything pretty well put in its place, take a final inventory of your closet. Is there any substantial negative space that could be filled, creating more storage space? Do you have empty suitcases that could be used to store large blankets? Empty wall space where a few hooks could be installed to store scarves and hats? How about the back of your closet door? Is it bare? Would you benefit from hanging a pocket organizer there?

  9. Hang clothes backwards. When you’ve removed all of the clothes you plan to throw out or donate, hang all the remaining items in your closet, but face the hangers backwards. When you wear any piece, simply replace it in the closet with the hanger facing the normal way. This trick will help you keep your closet de-cluttered for the long haul by giving you an easy way to tell at a glance which outfits get used and which don’t.

  10. Add lights. It’s hard to keep your closet organized when you can’t even see what’s in there. If your closet isn’t wired for a ceiling light, think about adding string lights or battery powered LED lights that adhere to the wall with sticky squares. If neither of those solutions works for you, keep a dedicated flashlight handy for closet rummaging.

And that’s it! With just these ten simple steps, you can get your closet neat and organized, and keep it that way.

Still feel like you need help? No problem. At Green Home Cleaning, we are expanding our menu of services to offer professional organization for your closets and the rest of your home (or business). If you live or work in the Asheville, NC area, you’ll definitely want to discover the benefits of professionally organized storage space.

Give us a call at 828.505.7320 or use our contact page to request a quote today.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10 Great Tips For Organizing Your Garage!

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There's no better time of year than summer to tackle the least favorite job on everyone’s home maintenance list: organizing your cluttered garage. Hey, it might not be the most fun task, but you’ll feel so much better after it’s done. And think of all that room you’ll have—and all the time you’ll save, not looking for things you lost in your last move.

If your garage is cluttered up with unknown heaps of stuff, you’re not alone. Most Americans don’t even park their cars in their garages, because there’s no room! But it doesn’t have to stay that way, and you can make the organizing a lot less overwhelming by following these ten simple tips.

  1. Set aside enough time. A thorough garage organizing party is not something that happens in an afternoon. Depending on the size of your garage, the amount of stuff that needs to be organized, and the number of people you can recruit to help out, it can take a full day to a whole weekend—or more. Get an early start so when evening comes you can all enjoy dinner together and take a much needed rest.
  2. Make it a family affair. No able-bodied family member is off the hook! Mom and Dad, clear your appointment books, leave the errands til next week, and implement a no-TV, Internet, or video games rule for the day. The kids can definitely help, too. If you’re old enough to dress yourself, you can clean!
  3. Go through every single item and sort. We do mean every single item. Don’t just move boxes of stuff around. For one thing, you might be storing a lot of things you don’t need or want anymore, which is a waste of space. Equally as important, when you go through forgotten boxes that have been sitting around for months or years, you’re bound to rediscover old, sentimental treasures or valuable items that can be sold. Sort your items into three piles: one to keep, one to sell or donate, and one to toss.
  4. Get rid of things you haven’t used in a year or more. Unless you have a true sentimental attachment to an item, you don’t need to keep something that you’ve gone through four seasons without using. Especially if you haven’t missed it in that time. If you have missed it, but just didn’t know where it was, keep it and store it in a more easily accessible place from now on. If the item does have sentimental value to you, move it inside where you can use or look at it often. Otherwise, sort it into the sell/donate or toss pile.
  5. Categorize what you’ll keep. Of the things that are going to remain in the garage, which items belong together? Sort things into categories like: gardening supplies, sports equipment, tools and hardware, home repair materials, car maintenance, etc.
  6. Move temperature sensitive items elsewhere. Unless your garage is climate controlled, you’ll want to move things like cans of paint, tubes of caulk, musical instruments, and anything made with wax to another location in your home. Other things you should move include propane tanks (always store outdoors), as well as paper products, pet food, or anything else that could attract pests.
  7. Plan how you’ll use the garage space. Get a piece of graph paper and a ruler and figure out a design that will accommodate your car(s) as well as lawn care equipment, bicycles, shelving, and other storage solutions. Try several different layouts in your draft, striving for a design that gives you the best space economy.
  8. Sort tiny items into clear jars. Nails, screws, keys, and other odds and ends should be sorted into clear glass or plastic containers with lids, and then placed on shelves at eye level for easy access. Or you can hang the jars by screwing the lids to the bottom of a shelf or a piece of 2x4 mounted to the wall.
  9. Buy clear plastic bins. No matter how well you organize the garage, you are going to forget where you put everything. The best way to avoid the headache of not being able to find the thing you’re looking for is to make everything as viewable as possible. To do this, store medium and larger sized items in plastic storage bins, and don’t be afraid to label everything with Sharpie. Also, firmly instill this rule in your household: when you take an item out of storage, put it back in the exact same place when you are done!
  10. Use vertical storage. There are a lot of ways to go about utilizing the vertical space in your garage for storage. One is by hanging long, flat items like scrap lumber and skis from the ceiling. If your garage has rafters, use those. If not, rig up a system of beams or loosely hanging trapezes to store your stuff. For the vertical wall space, you’ll want some kind of shelving system. Open shelves are generally more efficient than cabinets because it is easier to see into them, and they don’t require extra space for the opening and closing of doors. Finally, do yourself a favor and buy a nice, large piece of pegboard and some metal pegs and racks to store your hand and power tools, gardening implements, and more.