If your closet is filled to the brim and ready to burst, now is the time to get it sorted out! Don’t wait! If you’ve been putting it off because you don’t know where to start, this four-step process will help you break up this “impossible” task into approachable pieces.
Whether your closet is a tiny reach-in or a cavernous walk-in, there are a few simple storage strategies that will help you reclaim space in those precious corners of your Charlotte home. Read on to learn just how easy it can be!
Find the Right Storage Containers
Notice that finding storage containers is the very first step. Why? If you dive right into organization without having the right tools, you’ll likely end up just moving the mess around into a new (and equally frustrating) configuration. Not a good use of time.
And notice that this step is called “Finding the Right Storage Containers.” Generic plastic tubs and DIY closet kits assume that one size fits all – which is crazy, right? Closet storage is all about customization: exact measurements and personalized solutions for your habits and belongings. Over the door hangers, hanging containers, and other time saving accessories will truly change your relationship with your closet.
Pull Everything Out
Did we mention that it’s a good idea to purge as much as possible? We’re not sure why, but other people often give this advice three times (i.e. “purge, purge, purge!”) as if saying it a lot will really drive the point home. But we think you understand how important it is, so we’ll just say it once: purge. If you need some motivation to help you start purging, check out this article on decluttering.
The key in this step is to take inventory and give yourself a blank slate. Pulling everything out of the closet will also help you with the next step…
Now that you’ve reduced your inventory and everything is in front of you, the next step is to create a system. Try “clustering,” or grouping items near others that you often use together. Or group items based on the frequency of use, color – whatever helps you find what you need when it’s 8:00 AM and you need to be at work by 8:30.
Increasingly popular for closet design, visual storage is the method of leaving shelves and drawers open so that you can know what’s inside at a glance. It’s a huge time-saver, but you have to know yourself and your habits before you commit to this kind of system. This step also ties back to the very first one because you can’t have good visual storage unless your storage solutions are designed to fit the space.
Want Some Help?
You don’t have to seize the day alone! Let the design experts at Closet & Storage Concepts in Charlotte help you put together the perfect closet storage solution. Contact us today to schedule a free, in-home consultation and we’ll get right to work for you.