Essential Closet Organizing Tips

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Your closet has a door and therefore, as long as you can close the door you don’t need to organize it. Maybe you twisted your ankle the last time you got a running start in an attempt to get the closet door to close. Maybe you are finally catching up on your New Year’s resolutions. Maybe you really want to organize your closet, but you don’t know where to start.

Closet organizing doesn’t have to be a daunting task fraught with emotions and drama and the typical starting and stopping that inevitably accompanies any sort of organizational project. These three closet organizing tips will help you prepare, jump in and complete the task, no matter what is in it or how big it is! No matter how far along you get with closet organizing, being in the right frame of mind, timeboxing and using sort-donate-throw can help you complete the task.


Get in the right frame of mind

You are already psyching yourself out trying to tackle this closet. You might be laid up in bed, immobilized from that twisted ankle – because running at a closet door in high heels is rarely a good idea – that is keeping you from organizing your closet. You might be a master of coming up with excuses, but now is the time to compose yourself. Get focused: pour yourself a cup of coffee, put on some music to help you focus or your favorite podcast or audiobook and isolate yourself from distractions. If you are already making excuses, then getting your mind set on the task at hand is a top priority. You will never organize your closet if you are checking your Facebook, making food or planning your night out.



Like studying for a test or working out, there is only so much that your body and mind can take at once. Timeboxing is a technique where you allocate a specific amount of time for a task. If you want to get through your closet organization, then set a time limit for when you know you can’t take anymore. Whether that is 5 or 45 minutes or anything in between, set a timer for your attention threshold and stick to it. If this is your first attempt at timeboxing, start at 15 minutes. Take a break after 15 minutes and then start the timer over. Allotting your time like this allows you to stay at your most efficient while not wasting energy or getting burnt out.


Sort, donate or throw

Take everything in the closet and put it into broad categories. Think in terms of seasons or colors or designer or what reminds you of an ex (obviously throw; can burn be a category, too?). From these groups sort your items into smaller groups: sort, donate and throw. Out of the sort group, you can narrow down the items that you want and figure out how they fit in your closet. The donate group should be the clothes that you do not wear, but are still in good condition. Even better: do you have an aunt or grandmother that insists on knitting Christmas sweaters that never fit? Sell them on Etsy as ‘Ugly Christmas Sweaters’ and watch the money roll in! The throw group is obvious: if you can’t wear it and you can’t donate it, throw it out. If it isn’t going to do anyone any service, get rid of it. The other rule of thumb is that if you haven’t used something in a year, then get rid of it because you probably don’t need it.

Organizing a closet doesn’t have to be a task that makes you want to jump into the closet with all those sweaters your aunt Mildred knitted! Get your mindset right, focus on the task at hand, find a set amount of time that works for you and get organized!

If you need more tips and hints, contact The Life Stylist and get more than your closet organized!

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