One of the biggest obstacles to a more organized and orderly life is clutter.
My definition of clutter is the unnecessary stuff that we accumulate and form an even-more-unnecessary attachment to, making it that much harder to let go.
Sometimes we bring necessary things into our lives/homes/cars/purses that without proper management end up being very hard to distinguish from clutter. Bills, school papers, clothes, home decor items, toys, etc. all fall into this category.
If we let clutter pile up and take over, it will. This leads me to today’s subject: the master bedroom closet.
Our master bedroom has two full-sized closets that are definitely underutilized. Because of the large sliding doors, it’s difficult to access the full interior. The shelving units help, but get messy easily with piles of clothes precariously balanced.
One rule of thumb when it comes to organization: it always gets worse before it gets better.
STEP ONE: EMPTY THE CLOSET
Take everything out. I mean everything. You can do this in stages if you’re limited on time. Pull out hanging clothes, clear off shelves, empty drawers. Leave no stone unturned.
STEP TWO: ASSESS EACH ITEM
Go through every piece of clothing you own. Get rid of anything that doesn’t fit, has lost its shape, has stains or discoloration, is damaged, or if you just don’t like it anymore.
There are going to be clothes that you’ve kept because of the memories attached. I have these things too and it’s up to you whether they make the cut. I saved a few things simply because the nostalgia was too strong for me to let them go. Notice I said “a few things” not “every t-shirt I wore in 1998.” Use discretion, but don’t discount sentimental value.
There might be items that don’t currently fit, but have lasting value. I’m mostly talking about expensive items. If you truly think there’s a chance you’ll wear it again, save it for another six months. At the end of six months, reassess and toss anything you still haven’t worn.
I saved one pair of jeans that I loved before baby #2 that I really hope will fit again soon. The style is still on trend so I saved them from the donation pile for now.
STEP THREE: DIVIDE THE “NO” PILE INTO ITEMS TO DONATE OR THROW AWAY
Donate items that are still in good condition to charitable groups. Throw away things that no one else can use. Broken flip flops, socks with holes, etc. aren’t good donation items.
I purged like never before, and it felt REALLY good. The clothes going back into the closet are in good condition and fit me now.
For items that you aren’t sure about, try this trick. Turn all your hangers around so they face the wrong direction. Each time you wear an item, turn the hanger to the normal direction. After three months, reassess your closet and remove the clothing that hasn’t been worn.
STEP FOUR: CLEAN THE ACTUAL CLOSET & ORGANIZE YOUR BELONGINGS
While the closet is empty, clean the shelves and vacuum all the nooks and crannies.
Get rid of broken hangers and storage bins. You might consider replacing wire hangers with plastic or wooden ones.
Purchase bins or dividers for your shelves to keep clothes in neat piles. Use drawer dividers to corral smaller items like socks and underwear. Check out my Organization board on Pinterest for more inspiration.
When your bedroom closet organization is finished, getting ready will be an easier process. Knowing that all your clothes fit properly and look good allows your brain to concentrate on more important things. As moms, we have plenty of other things we need to focus on!
What tips do you have for organizing your bedroom closet?
Check out the entire 14 Days of Organization series for plenty of tips & strategies to get your home in order!