Organizing projects can seem daunting, but if you stay on task and don’t let time get away from you, you can at least tackle the closets in your house by the time the weekend is up. While you may need to enlist a friend to be the objective voice of reason (as to whether to keep or toss something), it can be done!
Here’s how to Organize Every Closet in Your Home in a Weekend:
Start with the bedroom closets.
In each bedroom closet, you’ll need to go through the contents and sort each into like piles (clothes, shoes, accessories, etc.). You’ll also want to make a few other piles for items to donate, return to original owner, or toss. Deciding what gets the ax can be hard, and is the most time-consuming part of the whole process. If you just can’t do it, assume you are keeping it all and organize it! Next, you’ll want to hang everything by category (tops, bottoms, dresses, etc.). Keep in mind that if you hang everything on the same style of hanger, the clothes will line up evenly, which matters aesthetically, but also keeps clothes wrinkle-free. Keep all of your shoes in one place, whether that’s a hanging organizer or a shoe rack. Some people use a cubby system, while others use clear plastic boxes. Whatever floats your boat! Be sure to save room for accessories, hats, gloves, scarves and even jewelry. Use containers to keep them wrangled in one place, or hang hooks on the wall, if room allows.
Move onto the bathroom linen closet.
This is a closet that I highly recommend you take the time to sort, toss and donate from. It’s typically a tight space, so why waste precious real estate on expired medicines and cosmetics, or stained linens? Once you have the items you are going to keep, designate a first aid container and label it so that anyone visiting your home can access these items in an emergency. Keep cosmetics together and group them into containers based on what they are (This includes bath, body, and hair products.) If you have the wall space, hang blow dryers, curling irons and flat irons. You could also designate a heat-safe shelf for setting these items after use. Fold all of your linens as similarly as possible and as compactly as possible. I like to roll our towels.
Next, tackle the kids’ closets.
You’ll handle these the way you handled the other bedroom closets with a few additions. Stack any games or puzzles that live in the closet by size and put any other toys that would normally end up in there inside of containers on the top shelf. Depending on the size of the closet, you can put a large, plastic tote on the bottom for outgrown items that you plan to hand down to another child, or you could set up a cubby shelf for toy, book, shoe or accessory storage.
Finally, organize that pantry!
Sort the items into categories and set aside foods you intend to donate. Check the dates on everything. You have to make sure all food, including spices, are still good. To really get on top of your kitchen organization game, use matching containers (either labeled or clear) to house cereal, pasta, rice, flour, sugar, coffee and other items of this nature. If you have workout supplements, baby items or pet supplies, be sure to separate them into different spaces.
Now exhale! While your house may still have clutter to handle, you can focus on those areas another weekend, knowing at least there are no skeletons left in your closets!
If you’re struggling to organize your clothing, this post that outlines 7 ways to pare down your clothes should really help!