In my last post, I shared with you how putting some time and planning into a custom closet space can increase the value of your home (read more here). It can seem like an overwhelming process to begin to plan and organize a system for all your ‘stuff’. At least that’s how I felt when I looked at the mountains of work clothing, hiking and seasonal gear I had retrieved from all the spaces I was able to tuck them away in. It is no wonder I spent so much time searching for what I needed. Nothing really had a proper home.
After having gone through a full closet makeover and upgrade, I want to share with you the top 5 closet organizing tips I have learned over the last 3 months. These tips can be applied regardless of the size of your personal closet space:
- Evaluate and update your layout. Do an inventory of the things you want in your closet. Get some ideas online and sketch it out. Add shelves and additional rod sections to maximize your space.
- Laundry. Have a place to store your dirty laundry that keeps it out of the line of sight. A large, deep drawer, or closed cupboard door is perfect for this! Find something that works for you.
- Categorize. Organize by category, and section off your work, sporting wear, and seasonal clothing.
- Hooks. Use hooks or designate some hanging space for belts, neckties, hats and other accessories that will need a place to hang.
- Donate. Try on all your clothes and donate what you are no longer wearing or using.
I am so thrilled with the finished space. I have cut out the chaos of finding what I need, which saves me the most valuable asset: time. In my world as a Realtor, more time is everything. It means more time to help my clients find their dream home.