Organize & Declutter Your Closet - The Completely Organized & Clutter Free Series

For this room of the Completely Organized & Clutter Free Series, we’re organizing and decluttering your closets today! Yes, all closets! When you’re organizing your closets, there’s usually a lot of different types of items that tend to fall into this type of storage.

Closet space. Oh, closet space.

These spaces are almost always the most neglected when it comes to decluttering and organizing. They’re out of sight, hidden behind a door, and sometimes only opened once or twice a week.

They’re not high on the list when it comes to priority, but when it’s their time, this post will get every closet clutter free and organized to where it’s functioning for you again.

No more tumbling coats, brooms, totes, and everything else that’s been hiding!

Closets are like a magician. They have the innate ability to make clutter disappear and reappear when you’re not ready for it.

Not only do you find yourself opening a closet to look for something, but you also have to fight your way around all of the other things in there.

Closets have so much potential to really up level our home’s functionality by being a functional support. When your closets are functioning, you’ll start to notice the ripple effects in your every day life too.

For today, we’re going to go closet by closet to really find out what’s holding you back from a functional closet. This post is also super time-friendly and doesn’t require you to do every closet all at once. Score!

What is The Completely Organized & Clutter Free series?

If you’re new here, welcome! I’m so glad you’ve invited me along to be apart of your journey to be more organized and have a clutter free home!

The idea of home as a sacred place has long held true across many generations and cultures. This sacred space can be a place for wonderful memories, blossoming relationships, and the many milestones of your family’s lives.

The Completely Organized & Clutter Free Series has surpassed all of my expectations over the last few years, evolving into something that has helped so many more people than the few I wrote it up for.

The series started as just a few tips and tricks that I picked up when my husband and I moved from a 450 sq ft apartment into a 1700 sq ft house.

Frustrated by the learning curve, I kept a trial-and-error book of tips that were a waste of time and others that were pure gold.

Through trial and error, I was able to effectively find what works best for anyone looking to stop the habitual decluttering, the unrealistic organization standards, and start implementing real life strategies to get your house back to being balanced.

The things I’ve learned from others as well what I’ve developed from just trial and error, has gone into this series to help you reclaim your home as a sacred place and have a sustainable way of keep it that way.

What you’ll find for every room

Each room is a deep dive to get you at a solid foundation for starting a new routine to stop those bad habits from keeping you from being clutter free.

Along with the quick reference checklist, each post goes into detail of how to effectively organize your home to start working with you and not against you.

The schedule of this series is completely up to you. You can start with one room and move through every day for a week, or you can go through at your own crossing one item off your list at your own pace. It’s completely up to you.

The Completely Organized & Clutter Free Series is all about finding the right balance for you, your family, and your schedule.

So many times, I spent following tutorials and finding out they just didn’t work for my own schedule. In this series, I wanted something to be diverse and inclusive enough to help others who didn’t have an entire day to declutter and organize.

Each room breaks down bit by bit what it takes to starts a new routine and builds on sustainable habits for maintaining an organized and clutter free home.

 
Learn how to completely organize and declutter your home with this in-depth room by room series. These tips and tricks have been thoroughly tested & are used by professionals to keep their house spotless and functional. In this article, your closet will be perfected with these simple, easy steps. Includes a printable worksheet! #organization #home #declutter #organizemyhome #clutterfree
 

Don’t forget your checklist!

Don’t forget to grab your quick reference checklist that goes with this room by entering in your info in the form below!

This checklist will help you to stay on track when you’re in the middle of going through your room. Along with keeping you focused, this checklist will also help to pin-point how you want this room to function and how it needs to work for your lifestyle.

Enter in your info below and you’ll receive an email with your checklist inside! You’ll also receive an exclusive bonus guide just for grabbing your checklist!

Curious about more posts like this?

There’s a lot more posts like this over at the Home & Organization hub! There’s plenty of articles to help you find real life solutions with results that are tailored to your lifestyle.

For more of this series, each post and all of the bonus content can be found on the Completely Organized & Clutter Free Series main page.

Checklist Prep Work & Planning

Closets are going to be a bit different than other rooms in your house in this series.

The best advice I can give: look at each closet as its own separate room. Like a bedroom, a living room, so on and so forth. Each closet’s function is going to be different and I recommend using a separate checklist for each of them to really narrow down these functions.

When we lived in our small apartment, we had 4 closets. One of them wasn’t even a real closet and had our water heater and furnace in it!

Needless to say, our closets had no overall theme (theme example: just clothes, just pantry) everything had to have multiple functionality so we didn’t have to sleep with the broom next to our bed.

On your checklist, don’t get frustrated if you can’t completely “theme” your closets. Just remember to keep it simple and try to group as much as you can in the same category and have a space for the bulk of it.

Take some time to write out your checklist before you dive into your first closet.

Each section has simple, easy to follow ways to get the most out of your time and your energy, so your organization and decluttering won’t be unnecessarily taxing.

These methods will help you to better understand where you need the most function and what can be taken out to clear for space.

 
Learn how to completely organize and declutter your home with this in-depth room by room series. These tips and tricks have been thoroughly tested & are used by professionals to keep their house spotless and functional. In this article, your closet will be perfected with these simple, easy steps. Includes a printable worksheet! #organization #home #declutter #organizemyhome #clutterfree
 

Gathering Up Items

Any time you’re tackling a big decluttering project, take a walk around the rest of your house before you begin. Look for anything related to your closets that may have snuck into another room.

If you’re not sure, take your checklist with you and refer to the top three functions you listed for your first closet.  

Psst - If you forget an item or there’s something hidden in a drawer, don’t worry, you can always move these back to it’s place later! Just focus on grabbing the plain sight ones.

The same “rehoming” goes for anything that made it’s way into your first closet that could be repurposed elsewhere. Set those items that aren’t listed on your checklist where they belong or set them out of the way for now.

Take a look at your top three functions to see what you want this particular closet to store for you. It’s easy to overthink it, but just remember to keep it simple.

Once everything is gathered up and shuffled in or out of your first closet, it’s time to dive into some sorting!

Categorizing & Sorting

On your checklist, there are several lines to list out categories for your items. If you’re finding some things difficult to categorize, remember to keep it simple.

It’s so easy to overthink and list out all of these micro-categories of what’s in your closets.

Don’t try to overthink it and it’s okay not to have everything in one category in one closet. As long as you get the bulk of the category in a closet, you’re doing well!

Anytime you’re decluttering or about to clear some serious clutter, think of this time as a way to start big and begin working smaller and smaller once you’ve completed a big round.

If you’re pressed for time and still want to sort through clutter, my biggest tip is to take it category by category. When you categorize your items before you sort and declutter them, you give yourself “built-in” breaks to pause or pick up easily without a big mess.

DECLUTTERING YOUR Closet

Now it’s time to sit down and go through one category at a time. To keep it simple and time effective, stick with one category instead of trying to do all of it all at once. Give yourself some breathing room and no need to rush.

Whichever category you choose is up to you! Usually, I’ll start with my largest one so I can get it out of the way. Eat the frog, right? But you can start small and work up to your big categories!

On your first category, we’re going to use a two-bin sort for our decluttering method to begin. This method works well because it’s more effective then multiple sorting categories right off of the bat.

For your first major round of decluttering, two bin keeps it simple and doesn’t send you into decision overwhelm. Yuck.

If you are working on a category that is seasonal or just not used frequently, I always go back to the basics of “Do you use it?” and “Do you like it?”

For example, let’s say that you have a category of Fall Decorations. Once you’ve gathered up everything fall from every hiding space, take a look at everything in front of you.

Were there some items that you just haven’t used in forever? Is there a reason you’re not using it? Can you fix this reason?

If you’re on the fence, remember to be realistic and clear out that emotional clutter before throwing in the towel. Don’t get discouraged if you’re getting hit with a lot of baggage during this storage decluttering.

Take a breath, and work through the two questions while you’re in the moment: “Do you use it?” and “Do you like it?”

If you’re decluttering a clothes category, keep it simple with the two-bin sorting system of “Daily Use” and “Not Used” for your first round.

The best way to declutter clothes for me is to pick out what has been through the laundry. If you’re the sole launderer in your house, this is a memory game on top of your decluttering.

You’re looking for “what did I actually wear” in these clothes.

Laundry is an easy way to decipher what you wore! If you have a lot of clothes that you want to wear but haven’t, they will go into the other pile to be further sorted out.

Once you get these sorted out, look at what’s left.

Ask yourself these two questions: “Is it damaged, unworn, avoided, uncomfortable?” and “Is it seasonal or will I wear it when it’s in season?”

 
Learn how to completely organize and declutter your home with this in-depth room by room series. These tips and tricks have been thoroughly tested & are used by professionals to keep their house spotless and functional. In this article, your closet will be perfected with these simple, easy steps. Includes a printable worksheet! #organization #home #declutter #organizemyhome #clutterfree
 

Organizing your Closets

Organizing is my long time passion. It sounds a bit cheesy, but I’ve always been someone who really enjoys organizing.

I love when things are exactly where I need them to be and takes the frustration out of running all over trying to find it. When we talk organizing, that’s the feeling that I’m absolutely obsessed with. That feeling of never having to worry if I have to fight over twenty other things to get something that I use frequently.

Ah, what a goal, right?

That’s the type of organization that I want you to think of for this part. We’re going to deep dive into really going back to what you need and how you want your bedroom to function.

On your checklist, we’re going to look back at what you want this room’s functions to be as well as how you mapped out your first closet. Take some time to look over these two points to see where you need closet wiggle room to maneuver and where you need something to function and store.

First, let’s start with your bulky items, so you can get the major parts out of the way first.

I’m always a lot more successful when I get the main pieces in the room down first instead of working in the smaller pieces after I set down one big piece.

Always start with a category that’s not a daily use storage or daily use when it’s in season. The hard to reach places are your first places to put a category that isn’t used as frequently but is still wanted and needed.

These spots could hold a memorabilia category or a family category like family items, old photo-albums, the items that are special but are best left tucked away for now.

Once your hard to reach spots are organized the way that you like, now move on to a daily use category or onto the next closet, depending on how you wrote out your categories.

 
Learn how to completely organize and declutter your home with this in-depth room by room series. These tips and tricks have been thoroughly tested & are used by professionals to keep their house spotless and functional. In this article, your closet will be perfected with these simple, easy steps. Includes a printable worksheet! #organization #home #declutter #organizemyhome #clutterfree
 

What can we organize & declutter next?

Don’t forget to grab your quick reference checklist that goes with this room by entering in your info in the form below!

This checklist will help you to stay on track when you’re in the middle of going through your room. Along with keeping you focused, this checklist will also help to pin-point how you want this room to function and how it needs to work for your lifestyle.

Enter in your info below and you’ll receive an email with your checklist inside! You’ll also receive an exclusive bonus guide just for grabbing your checklist!

When you’re ready to move onto your next room, don’t forget to check out the main page for The Completely Organized and Clutter Free Series here.

On this page, you’ll find each room and its corresponding article. Need some time to decompress from this project? Each room is independent, so it doesn’t rely on completing one room before or after another. When you’re ready, start your next decluttering and organization project here!

To help you after your initial declutter and organization, I’ve also compiled everything you need to keep your house clutter free and organized without having to do big projects like this often.

In the Completely Organized & Clutter Free Companion Guide, I’ve compiled everything you need to break bad habits that lead to disorganization and clutter, as well as the tools you’ll need to stay proactive in keeping your house sacred.

From customizable calendars, detailed checklists, to a beautiful organizational binder that will finally get your storage areas under control, the Completely Organized & Clutter Free Companion Guide is made to help you build up lifelong habits to keep your house functional and headache free.

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