Cleaning closets is a great opportunity to get rid of stuff you aren’t using. Oftentimes when you clean your closets, you find stuff way in the back that you forgot you even had. As a rule, if you haven’t used something in a year or more, you don’t need it. Think of it this way: if you clear out space in your closets, you have room to store the stuff you actually use that you don’t have space for anywhere else. And if you can donate your unused stuff to a charity group or find some way to get the stuff to someone who can use it, the situation is a win-win.
Clear Some Space
The first thing you want to do when cleaning a closet is clear some space for a work area. If you are cleaning a bedroom closet, lay an old sheet over the bed so you can use the space to temporarily place things.
Next, pull everything out of the closet, either all at once or in sections. As you remove items, quickly decide whether each object is worth keeping. Have a box ready for things that you will be giving away, or designate a separate area if you are getting rid of a lot of things.
Clean Dust and Cobwebs
As you clear out areas of the closet, or once you’ve taken everything out, remove any cobwebs and dust off shelves, rods, racks, the tops of doorframes, any ridges on the inside of closet doors, etc. Also clean the floor.
After the area is clean, replace whatever stuff you’re keeping, reorganizing and cleaning as you go. Dust off any boxes or other containers before replacing them in the closet. Introduce new boxes, bins, baskets or whatever storage containers will help you store things so that you can easily find them again. Label boxes, make lists of contents and tape them to the outside, or use clear storage containers. Don’t waste any space. Arrange articles so that taller things are behind shorter things.
Remember that the keys to organization are storing things you will use such that you can easily find them when you need them and getting rid of things you don’t need that are using valuable space and inhibiting your ability to find the things you need when you need them.
Finally, don’t try to tackle every closet in your home at the same time unless it’s manageable. Set realistic goals that you can accomplish in order to stay motivated. What you don’t want to do is pull everything out of every closet in your home all at once and then run out of steam before everything is sorted and put back.
Routinely cleaning your closets is a great way to keep your home organized. Getting rid of things you aren’t using creates space for the things you do use that you don’t have space for. Set up a regular schedule, for example cleaning closets once a month, and stick to it. Chip away at it, keep after it, and always remember that home organization is all about maintenance.
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