If you are like most, your to-do list includes addressing a burdened closet that’s home to old yearbooks, dusty sports gear and, of course, dated wears that may never come back in fashion. Thankfully, there is professional help for the overwhelming mess you have created.
We were fortunate to take a front row seat to the makeover of a busy mum’s master bedroom closet as she– under the guidance of professional organizer Andrea Gill of Simplicity Certified Professional Organizers— restores order to a cluttered closet.
Simplicity’s method is just that, S-I-M-P-L-E, and guides you through the painstaking task in 6 easy steps.
The first call to action is to SORT— grouping like items together by season, colour, function, etc. Take a peek at these freshly hung shirts by color and sleeve length on uniform non-slip hangers.
The second step, IDENTIFY, this is where you determine the fate of your belongings. Create four piles of what should be kept, donated, sold or tossed, keeping only what is cherished or frequently used. While the Laura Ashley dress you so brilliantly wore for graduation is indeed a treasure, it is perfectly acceptable to donate to our archive or your favorite vintage shop. It may be difficult to stay on task, but try not to leave the room until finished.
Next it’s time to MAP OUT a designated spot for each category. Frequently used items should be the most accessible. Your rainy day wellingtons go on a high shelf, and your well-intentioned but less worn yoga pants in a storage box.
Then PUT IT AWAY, everything in its own spot.
The man of the house should have a convenient spot for his shoes (rather than under the bed).
Keep a collapsible step stool like this one in your closet so items up high are always within reach.
Andrea prefers t-shirts, pajamas and such folded and put on their end in a storage box. “Filing versus stacking keeps things neat when adding to or taking away and it takes up less space,” she says.
Now you have the makings of beautiful order. To wrap things up, you will LABEL your lovely Laura Ashley storage boxes (shown) and containers with their contents (nickers, scarves, socks, etc.).
Now that you have your path to organization, take note of these expert tips to guide you on your way to organizational bliss.
- While sorting, place any items to be relocated to another spot in the house in a basket outside the room.
- Storage solutions are great tools, but be sure to MAP IT OUT FIRST, so you are not left with containers that don’t fit your space. Laura Ashley has a variety of shapes and sizes to suit.
- Accessories like scarves can be visually distracting in a small space. Fold and place them in a box.
- Add an inexpensive bar of soap or sachet to your storage boxes to keep things fresh.
- Wire shelving can leave a mark– use a placemat under folded clothes to protect them.
- Holding on to designer clothing that you never wear? Consignment shops love boutique and designer wears, but keep in mind they will only take the current and/or upcoming season.
- If you have the luxury of shelving, place shoes one forward and one back. This takes up less space and makes spotting the perfect pair simple with both the toe and heel in view. Also, put your daily shoes on a shelf and seasonal and party shoes in clear boxes on a high self.
- Invest in a valet pole to make putting away laundry easier. You can order one online or as part of a custom closet.
- Update your system as needed and just like any well-oiled machine, maintenance is always needed!
At last, it’s time to ENJOY organization at its best! This busy mum of two can spend more time getting lost in the lives of her children and less time lost in the shuffle.