Small spaces can seem smaller because of clutter. Two-part strategy to tackle the clutter in your bedroom closet: smart weeding out, and then reorganizing with efficient, accessible storage. It can double the space in your closet and allow you to find what you need when you need it. Inspired? Get inspired?
Start by cleaning out your closet. Donate any items that don’t fit your style or are no longer necessary. You can also make another pile with items that need repairs by a tailor or you.
Use an A-B–C priority system to sort what’s left. A is the most worn, B is often worn, and C is not worn very often. All A-category objects take up closet space, hanging space, or shelving. You can move B-category items to your floor. These Cs can be placed on higher, out-of the-way shelves, or stored somewhere else — under the mattress, in a bin in the basement or garage, or attic.
Make a “Maybe” Bin
It is a great way of getting rid of less-used items. Don’t worry if you don’t look for your “maybe” items for a whole year.
Be realistic about the size and layout of your closet, as well as what you want to store inside. Keep in mind that your closet should serve one purpose: to store your daily essentials within easy reach. Do they hang on hangers most of the time? It’s possible to add a second hanging rod or double-hang bar. They are easy to put in. Shoes galore? You can also use a three-tiered shoe rack on the floor or a hanging organizer to store your shoes.
Divide and conquer
Open shelves can be a breeding ground for clutter and allow items to spill over into each other. This makes it difficult to find items and creates a mess in a small space. There are many solutions to this problem depending on the items you have: shelves dividers for purses and sweaters, stackable organizers of shirts, cubbies in shoes, and shelf dividers that can be used for purses and sweaters. These create a clean appearance that is easy to maintain and maximizes vertical space.
Color-coding items can make them easier to find and create a sense of comfort. Sort clothing into different categories such as tops, pants, sweaters, and tops. Next, group each category by color.
You want to make the most of a small space. Hooks are the answer. Stick-on hooks can be easily attached to walls, doors, or the sides of shelves. These hooks can be used for items such as robes and sweatshirts, or accessories such as scarves, jewelry, and purses. They are most likely to be used when they are at the front of your door.
To review what’s working and what’s not, schedule monthly or seasonal check-ins. One small, subtle change can make all the difference in small closets. You can put it on your calendar. It’s much easier to do a quick check-in earlier than to fix a messy mess later.