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How to Effectively Clean and Organize Your Closet

closetIt's a tough job, but everyone has to do it. Sometimes we do it because we have to make space, but even people with ample storage need to purge once in a while. So set aside adequate time, take a deep breath, and plunge in.

Best technique

Take everything out of the closet. And I mean Everything! For smaller closets this isn't such a chore, but if you have a large walk-in, you'll be tempted to shuffle things around instead of removing them. While in a larger space it's possible to leave a few things in place, the best first step is to completely clear the decks.

Now that it's empty, clean every surface. Most closets are not public spaces, which means they have the potential to be private "moments." The closet is a part of your home, so it makes sense to make it beautiful. A fresh coat of paint will do wonders, especially in a cheerful contrasting color. If you're working with a larger closet space, a piece of art is nice, but if space is at a premium, consider wall stickers. They take up no space but add a graphic touch or words of inspiration that will make you smile every time you open the door. They're a cinch to install and easy to remove, so they give your closet space big personality with very little effort.


Evaluate the space and assess what you're storing there. If you need to adjust shelves, create more hanging space, or add hooks, now's the time. Organization systems are readily available, and there are even companies that will design and install them, but be sure to shop your home first to see if you can repurpose existing storage items. Purchase only what you need to make your closet work for you.

When it's time to start putting things back, make piles—one pile of things that need repair and another of things to donate—and hang the things that you truly love and actually use. Let go of things that don't fit right or that you've never really worn; the real estate in your closet is precious, so don't waste it on things you don't like. Hang like items together—shirts with shirts, pants with pants, jackets with jackets. Put hangers on the rod backward; after you've worn an item, hang it up the other way, so over time you can see which items are not being worn.

Keeping Up

Now that things are beautiful and organized, remember that it's easier to keep up than to catch up. Your home is a living thing, with new pieces constantly being added. For every piece you bring in, take something out to keep your closet from becoming bloated.

This article has been written on behalf of Wallart2u.com, a website specializing in Modern home decor.

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