Closets come in many varieties these days from walk-in closets to linen closets to pantries. Many times these spaces become the most cluttered areas of the home. Closing the door on the clutter may seem like an easy solution, but finding what you want when you need it becomes a frustrating experience. There are easy solutions to the closet clutter dilemma. Here are some ideas that might help.
If it’s in your closet and you don’t wear it what good is it?
• Look inside the closet. Does what you have in it belong there? Make sure the contents are appropriate for the type of closet you’re working with.
• Your bedroom closet should only store items that you want and like to wear today. Remove clothes that don’t fit or you don’t really like and give them away or store them in another part of the house until you decide what to do.
• When you start to organize, separate clothing into categories by type, season or use, then put them in pre-designated sections of the closet.
• It’s a wonderful feeling to look in the closet and know you’re able to wear everything you see.
Does your Coat Closet Store Coats?
• Decide how many of your own coats will be stored in the Coat Closet.
• Make sure there is enough room for guest’s coats. If you need additional space for guest coats think about purchasing a Coat Tree.
• Provide clear storage bins on the shelf for each family member’s hats, gloves, etc. • Use only wooden hangers for coats.
• Keep an umbrella stand near the front door for wet and dry umbrellas.
Use the Linen Closet for Additional Storage
• If you have the room, store sheets, towels, blankets and table linens in the rooms where they’re used.
• Use the linen closet for office supplies, household items, or, if it’s near the kitchen as a pantry.
• Always use clear containers to store items so the contents are easily visible.
A Pantry is your most frequently used “Closet”
• If you don’t have a built in pantry, install shelving or cabinets to hold kitchen items.
• Before organizing your pantry, plan ahead by labeling each shelf with the name of the items to be stored there.
• Use baskets or clear bins to hold food items that don’t “stand” on their own.
• Keep like items stored together. For example, use one shelf for baking items, another for canned goods and another for dry goods like pasta or rice.