How to Organize a Master Bedroom Closet

Taking a weekend to organize your master bedroom closet is a small price to pay for a change that will make a major impact on your daily life. Make sure to get the most bang for your buck by creating a space where you can see all of your fabulous clothing items. If you can’t see it, you won’t wear it! Creating an organized closet is the first step in creating an organized life.

Steps

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    Empty Your Closet. Be prepared to take a few hours and empty your closet, dresser and gather all your clothes, shoes and accessories from around your house (and your car). Do a load of laundry to ensure all your clothes are clean.
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    Sort. You may want to put on some music or invite friends over for a fashion show to help move along this part of the process. Remember to try on all your clothes, shoes and accessories. Create enough space to make five piles:
    • Keep. Keep any clothes that you have worn in the last year or have sentimental value (try to keep the sentimental value clothes to a minimum). These clothes should fit well, be in good condition and represent your personal style.[1]
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    • Donate. If you want to have a truly organized closet, then your goal should be to get rid of as many items of clothing as possible.
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    • Trash. Trash any mold ridden items or items beyond salvage.
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    • Alter. Set aside those clothes you want to keep that need a little TLC like alterations or sewing.
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    • Sell. Sell the clothes that are still current or valuable that do not flatter your shape, are not the right size or no longer reflect the image you want to project. Check out local consignment shops or online storefronts that specialize in buying and selling used clothes.[2]
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    Create Storage Solutions. While you clean your empty closet, start planning how you are going to utilize your space. Take a break and do a little research on how to maximize closet space by using shelving, shoe organizers or accessory organizers that hang over the door or stack. Clear plastic bins are excellent containers to let you see exactly what you have in them. Cloth boxes are a little more expensive, but provide you durable and attractive storage solutions. Remember to create a clearly defined space for everything and label all containers. Try to beautify and personalize your space with a fresh coat of paint, cedar hangers or a new light fixture.
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    Organize the Closet. Decide which clothes you will store. You should store the clothes that you won't be wearing for a while because they aren't seasonally appropriate. Then decide which clothes will go back into your closet and which clothes will be stored in a dresser or other location. If you have the space to hang everything, hang everything. If you really want to step it up a notch, you can use different colored hangers to mark a different type of clothing. Start by hanging up all your clothes by type (tank tops, shirts, pants, skirts, dresses, etc.) and color. If you really get into the organization process you can sub-divide the clothing types further (short-sleeved shirts, long-sleeved shirts, blouses, dress pants, casual pants, etc.).
    • Put additional clothes in other parts of your closet. Boxes with lids can be stacked on upper shelves all the way to the ceiling to maximize storage space.
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    • If you have room for a dresser, consider putting one in your closet.
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    • Don't waste the space under your hanging clothes. Add shoe storage, clothing bins or even another shelf or hanging pole to double storage. The clothes that you put in the bins should be used less frequently than the clothes you hang up.
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    Enjoy and Maintain. Enjoy your clean and organized closet every day when you get dressed. Make sure to maintain all your hard work by creating a schedule to do a quick weekly clean up. If this project is too much to take on, call in a professional organizer.

Tips

  • Fold very heavy sweaters so they don’t lose shape on the hanger. Use a sweater folding board to make perfect folds.
  • Take lots of breaks to assess your progress and research creative closet design and storage ideas.
  • Use slim hangers. Your clothes won’t fall off and they give you twice the space of wood and plastic.
  • Try using folded magazines dropped into boots to help your boots keep their shape.
  • For dresses, you can hang by color, length, occasion or all of the above. Never leave your dresses, or any other clothes, in dry cleaning or plastic garment bags because the chemicals will attack the fibers of your clothing and cause damage.
  • Hang pants, skirts and shorts using clips and fold in the sides so the outside of the garment isn’t marked by the clips. This also makes everything look uniform on the hanger and gives it a cleaner side profile in your closet.
  • For lingerie, organize by color, size, and type. Make sure to rotate your bras and underwear so you’re not wearing the same few all of the time.
  • Make sure your jewelry is in plain sight. Again, if you do not see it, you will not wear it.
  • For hats, use hat boxes. Take uniform photos of the hats and glue them to the outside of the boxes.
  • Try separating your work clothes from your casual clothes so you can easily get dressed for work in the morning.
  • Use a cedar plank in your closet for fresh and moth free clothes. Replace the plank every six months.

Warnings

  • This closet organizing session may turn into a cheesy 80's makeover video montage.
  • The more time you spend making your closet look nice, the more time you may be inclined to spend in your closet.

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