How many of us are guilty of jamming things away in a closet only to have a myriad of things fall out on top of us when we open the door. I think everyone has that dirty little secret. What do with that under utilized over stuffed closet? How can we make it work better for us?
As with any decluttering task, the first thing you must do is purge. Clean that sucker out. Decide what you are going to keep, toss, donate and/or sell.
Storage space is always at a premium no matter the size of the home. Let’s get those closets working harder for you.
Here are some inspiration photos to help you get various closets throughout your home working better for you.
When reorganizing your closet, many people forget about the valuable storage space of the door itself. Here, this blogger did a fabulous job of organizing her linen closet utilizing even the square footage of the door itself. Also, organize like with like. In the closet below, this home owner dedicated a shelf to bed linens, a shelf for towels, toiletries, etc. She used cabinet shelfs that you would normally see dishes stacked on to keep her bed linens and towels in order making use of every square inch.
Do you have an entry way closet that’s just not working for you? Are you constantly nagging your family members to hang their coats and put their shoes away?
Why not turn a closet into a mini mudroom? I love this idea as people will tend to hang their coat on a hook rather than use a hanger. This is ideal for kids too. Lots of baskets for storage and in this case, the home owner even built cubbies for paper work, home work, sheets to be signed, etc for her little ones. This works so much better than a closet with the standard shelf, rod and all that empty space on the floor where everyone just kicks off their shoes.
Do you have a closet in your home that is not getting a lot of use? In January, we took an under-utilized closet in our home and turned it into a board game library for our family. It has worked out great and I can’t tell you how many times, my kids have pulled out a board game in the past month rather than sitting in front of a TV screen. Win win all around.
How about a home office or craft space?
Last but, not least, let’s talk kid’s closets. I have younger kids and I think it is so important to organize their closets so they can reach their own clothes and learn to put things away. Also, as our littles are growing so fast, it is so important to do a purge of their closets seasonally to remove anything they have outgrown. A decluttered, organized kid’s closet makes getting dressed so much easier on them.
In the photo below, I liked how this mom used cubbies. I would use them for items likes Pjs, socks, etc. Using cubbies may eliminate the need for a dresser in the room which is great if you are short on space. I would put the clothes that are not in season on the upper hanging rods of the closet and use the lower rod for items that are now in season.