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Organizing Your Bedroom Closet – (Part 2 of 2)

Continuing our closet organization journey, for this pomodoro we’ll focus on non-hanging items.  If you followed yesterday’s post, your hanging items should be in great shape.  Non-hanging items can be a bit tricky though, as everyone has their own closet layouts.   For today’s article I’ll do my best to outline generic organizational methods to get the rest of your closet into similar shape.

Things You’ll Need

Steps to Organize

  1. Set a 25 minute timer.
  2. Depending on the size of your closet, it may be best to tackle areas at a time.  If you’ve followed past organization pomodoros you should have a pretty good idea of about how much you can get done in 25 minutes.  Aim for small progress rather than overwhelming yourself and not starting.  I would suggest looking for the thing that produces the most clutter.  More times than not, this is shoes, so maybe start there.  So step 1, pick one area/theme to organize.
  3. Pull everything in that particular area out and sit it on your bed.  Using shoes as the example (but this really works for everything), ask yourself the following questions:
    • Have I worn them in the past year?
    • Do they still fit?
    • Are they past their usable life? Holes in the bottom… probably time to go.
    • Snow boots in the summer… put them with winter clothes.
  4. Once you’ve evaluated the items, discarding worn out items, donating no longer needed items, and keeping those that “bring joy” as Marie Kondo puts it; move onto the next step, putting it all back.  In this step, a little pre-planning goes a long way.  Think about the following:
    • Do I have an area that has enough room for all of these items?  If no, can I make more room by using vertical storage solutions, or possible over door hanging solutions.
      • Shoes are a great example here because you can use over door hanging solutions like this one to both organize and free up space.
    • For clothing items, can I stack them and fit them all on a single shelf or in a drawer?  Consider using drawer dividers as well.
    • For accessory items like belts, hats, ties and scarves, do I have enough hooks to fit them all.  If no, consider purchasing storage solutions tailored specifically for them.
      • I find the back of your closet door or bare walls to be perfect places to mount hooks for all sorts of things.
    • For other items, consider a small dresser or shelves.  If those won’t quite fit, organizing bins or wicker baskets are classy and make a huge difference.  Stow these high and low. They don’t look cluttered so they are both visually appealing and helpful.  Be sure to label them though for easy identification.
  5. Jewelry is a special kind of situation and I find the best solution for this is often a jewelry cabinet.  Try to find one that makes sense for the amount of jewelry you have.  Depending on the size, place it on a shelf, or stand alone on its own beneath your hanging clothes.  An entire pomodoro of its own could be dedicated to organizing jewelry, perhaps a future article.
  6. Repeat the above steps for each area in your closet “playing Tetris” to figure out what the best solution is for each area and where it will fit best to allow for the next area to be done.  Try to maximize and use every inch of available space if possible.

Inspiration

Organizing your closet can be frustrating if you let it, but ultimately, once you figure out a system that works, it makes your morning routine a breeze.  For more ideas on how to best situate things, read up on environmental design.  Try to organize your closet to align with how you get dressed in the morning or for events.  As an example, if you normally pick your top first, then pants, organize your hanging articles from left to right with tops on the left and pants on the right.  If you start to get overwhelmed, take a break and go for a walk. You’d be surprised at the ideas that may come to you for how to better organize while you’re out an about.

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