Hubby and I got a jump start on our spring cleaning this year — first up– our bedroom closet and oh boy was it a disaster.

As you know, we’re in the process (slow as it may seem) of prepping our house because we want to move. To be honest we’ve wanted to move for the last few years but it just didn’t work out. Well, just recently we agreed we were going to do what it took to get it listed this spring. Woohoo!

And, of course with the prepping comes a lot of organizing and getting rid of things that are either broken, don’t have a match, we don’t need or just no longer want. That’s simple enough, right? Hmm, not so much when it comes to my hubs. See, he’s a pack rat. He hates throwing things away or getting rid of what he absolutely knows he don’t need. So, it (at times) becomes a battle of the sexes. hahaa!

Well, it used to because now I have a list and because we want this house sold (pronto!) we’re going to stick to it.

If you’re in the process of downsizing, or just tired of the clutter, use these helpful tips for better bedroom closet organization:

Get it ALL out!

The first step in saying “bye-bye” to the things that are driving you crazy and taking away your precious space is pulling each and every tidbit of stuff out of that closet. I know, I know, that’s a lot of work but you’ll thank me when it’s all over. I guarantee it! hehee.

Once it’s all over your bedroom floor, and piled up 20 feet high atop your bed (like I know it is), sort through it by distinguishing clothes and shoes that you actually (CAN) wear, from the following:

  • Clothes and shoes that are now out of fashion (you know, those platform shoes and such)
  • Those skinny jeans that just won’t stretch to fit over the extra 20+ pounds you put on
  • Nighties that you wore back when you were 20 (you know you now wear sweat pants and a t-shirt to bed so who are you kidding!)
  • Thong underwear (as if they were ever comfortable anyway)
  • And everything else in that “why did I even buy it” pile

Obviously you’ll have clothes that you WANT to keep but first, try them on. If they don’t fit, it’s sadly time to get rid of them. Don’t keep holding on thinking that maybe, just maybe they’ll fit ‘some day’. In most cases, they won’t. So, toss those in the ‘don’t need’ pile.

Take a step back, look at the two separate piles. The “actually (CAN) wear” pile is smaller, right? Now, grab a few trash bags or boxes and put all of those items you know you don’t need into them. Set them aside for a garage sale, sell them on Ebay, put them in the trash can, or put them in the garage for trash day or “take to the thrift store to donate” day. I know, it’s hard to let go but you can do it. Yes, you can!

Swift kick in the … Shoe!

As the saying goes “if the shoe fits“. Well, DOES it? If not, get rid of them or donate them. Or heck, sell them and use the profits to treat yourself to a new pair that DOES fit.

Also, if you’re keeping your shoes and still have the boxes, label them so you know exactly what’s inside. If you don’t have those original boxes, get a few clear plastic boxes from your local dollar store, or purchase a wire shoe rack that accommodates more than one pair.

Measure it!

No, not your waistline, although that might be helpful. I mean your closet. This is where you’ll want to utilize every bit of space you actually have in there. And don’t forget about the back of the door!

This is helpful for your trip to the store for boxes, totes, bins, shelving, and/or racks. Once you have your measurements in-hand, it will be a whole lot easier to gather the supplies you need to make that closet all that it can be.

Oh, speaking of the door, use that space for an over-the-door shoe rack or hang those bulky bath robes back there. Better yet, hang those belts, ties, scarves, even bras behind the door.

Hang it up!

No, not this project… your clothes. And use proper hangers. Padded hangers are great for delicate fabrics, plastic hangers for button-down shirts, and sturdy wooden hangers for heavy items such as suits and jeans.

Remove those darned wire hangers! I may sound like mommy dearest but those hangers don’t properly support your clothing, plus they lose their shape when too much weight is put on them. And those plastic dry-cleaner bags don’t allow your fabrics to breathe, keeping those icky chemicals (used in dry cleaning) in your clothes. Toss ’em!

It’s also a good time to organize your clothes by season. Sort by color and group like-types of clothing together. Doing it this way makes your morning rush to work much easier since you can make a quicker selection.

Sort of!

Since we’re on the subject of sorting, organize your clothes such as sweaters, t-shirts, and other folded items by color as well. Yes, I mentioned sweaters. These should not be placed on hangers due to their weight. Hanging them on hangers will ruin the shape over time.

Store folded and stacked articles of clothing on shelves or in clear plastic boxes with well marked labels.

Seeing is, well, seeing!

By keeping items you use a lot at eye-level or below, it will make life so much easier. And say ‘adios’ to those snow boots, rain boots and other outdoor gear. Not forever though. These items should be moved to a mud room, or front hall closet since they’re seasonal and not used as often as your clothing.

Reserve your clothes closet for those va-va-va-voom shoes. You know, the ones you love so much? hehee!

One last great place for storing articles of clothing (if your closet is super small) is under your bed or even a dresser (if it has legs). Utilize that space ladies! I know not all of us live in a mansion. haha!

And now, once you’ve completed all of these steps (down sizing and organizing) you should be able to take a final step back and relax — enjoying the new view, not to mention the space.


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