June 26, 2024

Closets That Spark Joy

By Sarah E.J. Williams
closet organization

Closets are often overlooked corners of our homes, yet they hold immense potential to streamline our daily routines. Whether you’re dealing with a spacious walk-in or a cozy reach-in, organizing your closet effectively can bring a sense of calm and efficiency to your life. Here’s how to master closet organization in a few simple steps:

Declutter First ~  Before diving into organization, take everything out of your closet. Assess each item critically: Do you wear it? Does it still fit? Have you used it in the past year? If not, consider donating or selling it. Clearing out the clutter creates space for what truly matters.

Categorize & Sort ~ Sort your remaining items into categories such as tops, pants, dresses, and seasonal wear. This step helps you visualize how much storage each category requires and allows you to plan accordingly. You can then go a step further and arrange by color to make it even easier to find what you need quickly. 

Maximize Space ~ Utilize every inch of your closet efficiently. Shelves or cubbies are great for storing folded items like sweaters or jeans. Stackable bins are also a good option for creating more space - not only do they help corral smaller items like scarves and accessories but they help keep less frequently used items dust free.

Invest in Organizational Tools ~ Quality hangers prevent clothes from slipping and maintain their shape - velvet hangers are a great option because they are low profile and don't take up a lot of space. Use bins, baskets, or drawer dividers to keep small items like socks, belts, or accessories tidy. Transparent containers help you see what’s inside without rummaging through. Labeling shelves, bins, or drawers makes it easy to find what you need quickly. It also helps maintain order by ensuring items are returned to their designated spots. Lastly, I like to keep a step stool easily accessible in order to get to hard to reach areas where it may be best to store seasonal or less frequently used items. Here are a few of my favorite closet organization essentials:

Maintain Regularly ~ Set aside time periodically to reassess your closet. Rotate seasonal items, purge anything you no longer use, and reorganize as needed. Regular maintenance prevents clutter from creeping back in.

Personalize Your Space ~ Add a personal touch to your closet with decorative touches that reflect your style and make the space feel more like another room in your house and not simply a closet. Whether it’s a vintage mirror, wallpaper, a turkish rug, framed artwork, or scented sachets, incorporating elements that bring you joy enhances the overall ambiance.

Creating an organized closet isn’t just about tidiness—it’s about creating a space that supports your daily life. By following these steps, you can transform your closet from chaotic to curated, maximizing both space and style. So, roll up your sleeves, channel your inner Marie Kondo, and let’s create a closet that sparks joy every time you open its doors.


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