This new year my favorite word is ORGANIZE! Especially my closets! I have a love/hate relationship with closets! When they are well organized and neat and I can find what I need… they are wonderful! But when they are a messy dumping ground for all things that will never be found again… they are a huge frustration! And in my house we have both! The last couple of days I took a very much needed mini blogging vacation, but I was busy…busy working on ORGANIZATION… busy transforming one of my guest bedroom closets from horrible to fabulous! Here are a few tips to make any closet neat and organized and totally transformed!!!
This post is part of a social shopper marketing campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Newell Rubbermaid. All the opinions are mine. #pmedia #HomeFreeLowes #http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstVHere is a standard, run-of-the-mill, bedroom closet. From the outside it looks very ordinary…
But there is nothing ho-hum and ordinary about the inside…
This closet is now organized and has great shelves, baskets and space for lots of clothes, handbags and shoes! YEA!!!
Here are a few tips that I used and LOVE to turn this once messy closet around!!! I’m also using these tips to organize other messy areas of my home!
Take EVERYTHING out of your closet. I know!!! I really do! JUST DO IT! It may take a couple hours or a few days, just keep working on it!
Put then in 3 piles: Put them in 2 bags and 1 pile
- give away
- throw away
- put away… this one is the pile
If there are things in your closet that need repair, make another bag for them! DO NOT put anything back in your closet that does not fit, or is worn out or too out of style or that you have not worn or used for 2 seasons! BE RUTHLESS!!!
Put the “giveaway bag” into your car right away and take it to your favorite charity or friend or somewhere that you will never get it back!!!
Take the “throw away” bag right to the trash or dump!
SERIOUSLY, DO IT! Just think… your closet could look like this! Yes, it could!
Now, let’s talk about your closet. Does your closet system work for you? The closet I was organizing was a mess! The closet system was installed 19 years ago and had broken pieces. It could not be reconfigured and changed as my closet use changed! So I had to make a change!
I got a new, easy-to-install, no cutting involved closet system at Lowe’s. Rubbermaid HomeFree Closet System was my choice. The very nice people at Lowe’s are a great help in finding this very sensible and reasonably priced closet system (VERY reasonably priced!!!!)! And Rubbermaid HomeFree Closet System expands to fit any size closet!
And here’s the part I love… I can easily install shelves and baskets and expandable poles almost anywhere and in any configuration I want! SCORE!
Yes, that is a pull-out basket!
Once the old closet system was taken out and THROWN AWAY I got a good look at the closet walls. They were disgusting! Full of dinks and marks and and dirty smudges. I decided to patch the holes and paint the closet. Yes, it took an extra day but it was worth it! This was an easy job! I used a creamy yellow paint from the basement to give my closet a fresh look.
So, here’s the tip! Don’t organize a closet and put a new closet system into a dirty closet!!! This is my almost freshly painted, 55 inch long closet almost ready to get organized! I just need to finish the paint near the baseboard. Easy-peasy!
NOW is the time to install a new closet system. I installed my Rubbermaid HomeFree Closet System in an afternoon! No cutting involved! Just measure, level, drill, install!
Yes, that’s me! Sporting a drill and my leopard work shirt (ha-ha)! I’m making sure the vertical bars are level before I drill!
Bobby was my photographer!
This was the very first time I installed a closet system! Thanks goodness all the mounting hardware was included. Very easy instructions… even I could do it! Talk about a self esteem booster!
I chose the configuration that made sense for the closet use. Our children, who live in Washington DC, visit regularly. So I configured the closet to suite their needs. Jacqueline likes to hang up and put away her clothes when she comes home. I added shelves for her sweaters and some great cubbies for work-out clothes and a pull out drawer for purses.
Here’s a tip… think through how you will use your closet and design it with your needs in mind. Isn’t it amazing that you can actually design your own closet?
Once my closet was installed I put back only the things that were left in my “put away” pile. In the case of this closet, I got rid of all the clothes Jacqueline left in her closet since high school and only made room for the clothes she often wears when she comes home. She also added what she brought for her Christmas stay with us.
I bought great, inexpensive hangers so they would look neat and be gentle to the clothes in the closet… another great tip! Hangers don’t have to be expensive to work great. I chose a fuzzy, tan hangers. Clothes don’t slip off these hangers.
(Sorry about the picture. You have no idea how hard it is to get a shot in a lighted closet pointing the camera upward… but you get the idea)
More containers from Rubbermaid HomeFree Closet System! They are on the top shelf and hold things that overnight guest might forget and extra things they might need during their stay. I tried to use every inch of this closet!
Here are a few other ideas for organizing and transforming a closet:
- Hang only the clothes you use right now in easy reach. If you have a big closet, put out-of-season clothes and other things in the back of your closet.
- Group clothes by color. My system works like this… whites, beiges, yellows, oranges,
- Pinks, reds, greens, blues, browns, blacks.
- Group clothes by kind. Again, my system starts with tank tops, sleeveless, short sleeve, long sleeve (all one color), short skirts, longer skirts, shorts, capris, pants, jeans, dresses, jackets, coats.
- Clip decorative scarves to a hanger with a universal clip. I can get 5 neatly folded scarves on one hanger.
- If you have a lot of shoes, and who doesn’t, use a shoe box.
- Fold sweaters on shelves.
- Put purses in bins
- Put sneakers in their own cubbie or basket or box.
- Edit you closet every season. Keep it current and neat! The more you do this, the easier organizing gets.
- When your closet is transformed and organized decide right then how much is ENOUGH! When your closet is full, don’t put anything new in it without taking something out of it! Only put things in your closet that YOU USE.
- Your new mantra once your closet is organized… MY CLOSET IS NOT A DUMPING GROUND! I WILL ONLY PUT THINGS IN MY CLOSET THAT I USE. Memorize this and say it often!
- When you have a neat and organized closet that is configured just for you, take the time to keep it that way! Put things away NO MATTER WHAT! Well, almost NO MATTER WHAT!
Here is my newly transfigured closet! I hope this inspires you to get organized!!! The next closet I’m organizing is my big master bedroom walk in closet!!! I’m heading back to Lowe’s for another Rubbermaid HomeFree Closet System! I can honestly say that this was a great project!
Do you have any closet organizing tips? Please share them!!! Let’s get organized together!
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