By Monica Ricci, Manilla.com
It’s cold and icy and you are in no mood to brave the elements. It’s a perfect day to tackle the job you have been putting off for a while – organizing your closet.
After 15 years in the home organizing business, I know how to handle a situation like this, and today I’ll share with you the three simple tactics that will leave her saying, “WOW, I love my closet now!”
Step 1: Reduce
Reducing the total number of items you own is the first and best way to make navigating your closet — or any space — simpler. Starting in one section at a time, systematically evaluate each item in your closet, asking the following questions to help you clarify your decisions.
a) Is it in good shape with no pilling, tears, moth holes or stains?
b) Does it fit you well and look great on you?
c) Is it currently in style or a timeless piece you can keep long term?
d) Would you choose it TODAY, even if you had never seen it before?
e) Do you love it and wear it regularly?
Unless you have a strong hoarding instinct you’ll end up with piles of clothing to discard, donate, and save for a swap party with your friends.
Step 2: Look Around Outside Your Closet
Investigate alternate storage options. Do you have a bed with space beneath for an under-the-bed storage container? How about a linen or coat closet with an empty top shelf? Or, perhaps you have room to put a storage ottoman nearby. Is one of your dresser drawers full of photos or other non-clothing items you can relocate? The key to living happily with a small closet is opening up any nearby space to use as secondary storage for lesser-used items in your closet.
Step 3: Look Around Inside Your Closet
There are surprisingly usable spaces in almost every closet that most people don’t even see. Areas such as above the doorway, the back of the door, or a skinny slice of wall you never imagined could be useful. As a professional organizer, I’ve trained myself to seek out the nooks, crannies and unused spaces that others don’t see as viable and turn them into storage saviors.
In one client’s closet, I discovered some unused wall space. Even though her closet was small, I noticed several sections of wall that were completely unused. We attached 3M Command Hooks to hang all her scarves for easy access and visibility.
Another trick I have used for narrow spaces is to slice a clear vinyl shoe bag in half vertically and hung each half separately to store flats, sandals and flip-flops.
Using these three simple tactics and just a few hours, you can make a huge difference to your morning routine and quality of your daily life. After all, the small things in life can make a big difference.
Monica Ricci is the organization expert at Manilla.com, the leading, free and secure service that lets consumers manage all of their bills and accounts in one place online or using top-rated mobile apps. Ricci also founded Catalyst Organizing Solutions in 1998 and has been helping people change their lives ever since. She is the author of Organize Your Office In No Time and was named one of the nation’s “Organizing Elite” by Forbes Magazine. Monica is a Certified Professional Organizer and she sits on the committee that created her industry’s only professional certification program. She is also a winner of her industry’s highest honor, the National Association of Professional Organizers Founders Award.