In this week's Organize Closet Challenge we'll tackle the master bedroom closet.
This can be a pretty big task, so this week we'll talk about the big picture and focus on cleaning it out and getting good systems in place.
Then, over the next couple of weeks we'll focus on various parts of the task, each with their own weeks, including:
Therefore I've broken this big task down even more so you don't get overwhelmed trying to do it all at once this week. Instead, we'll make progress this week which we'll improve upon further over the course of the next several weeks.
Are you new here? The Organize Closet In Master Bedroom Challenge is part of the 52 Weeks To An Organized Home Challenge. (Click the link to learn how to join us for free for future and past challenges if you aren't already a regular reader).
Every week of this Challenge one of the first steps is always decluttering the space, and this week is no different.
Of course, what happens in a lot of closets is that they become a stashing ground for not only clothes, but also for all kinds of other stuff that you don't know what to do with.
If this sounds like your situation you'll most likely want to spend the majority of this week's time focusing on getting rid of things in your closet, purging, sorting, donating, placing items elsewhere in your home, etc.
It may seem like you want to jump into organizing first, instead of doing this preliminary step but you can't organize clutter.
Don't pull everything out of your master closet and try to attack and declutter it all at once. You'll quickly get overwhelmed and make a mess, and then inevitably run out of time before you can put everything back.
Instead, engage in this two part process of getting rid of closet clutter.
The first part of removing this clutter is to attack only one small zone at a time, and get rid of the most obvious items in this first step.
This includes getting rid of clothes that:
You can check out my full list of bedroom and closet clutter to consider getting rid of here.
Anything that someone else could wear should be donated, consigned, or otherwise sold.
On the other hand, you know not to donate trash items to charity, so those types of items should be discarded, turned to rags, or otherwise disposed of.
Pictured: Rubbermaid Homefree Series
Closet Kit 3P40. [Click here for Rubbermaid
Closet Kits available on Amazon]
Often, after the first round of decluttering we're feeling pretty good about what we've accomplished, but take a critical eye to what you've got left.
In this day and age of "too much stuff" it is very likely you've still got too much stuff after getting rid of the no-brainer types of items.
This is where the process can get tough. Group similar items together and decide how much space you have to store each group, such as how many pairs of underwear to have, how many pairs of dress slacks, etc.
Keep winnowing down until everything you own fits comfortably in the closet, removing excess items that you have duplicates types of. (Please note if you have room to store out of season clothing elsewhere you don't have to count this as part of the room taken up in your closet.)
I've written an article that you can use which lists the 9 questions to ask yourself when you declutter clothes. This can help you really focus on good reasons to keep or get rid of each item, so you can feel more confident about your choices of what should stay and what should go.
Closet Shelving System, with small
items held in baskets (not included)
[Click to purchase on Amazon.com]
Earlier in the first step of the Organize Closet Challenge I suggested not taking everything out of your closet while decluttering, and I still stick by that advice.
However, once you've decluttered, now it's time to completely empty your closet, so you can get on with the organization process.
As you take items out of your closet group like items together so you can see how many of each type of item you've got, and how much room it will take up.
This will allow you to confirm you've got the right types and sizes of closet storage solutions available for what you own and want to keep.
Once the closet space is completely empty you can really look at the room, make sure you haven't missed some clutter, throw away broken hangers, etc., and really assess the space you've got.
I'm amazed at how much stuff can really be packed into an organized closet, and still have everything be accessible. The key is to focus on using every inch of space, which is what we'll do next, in the third step of the Organize Closet Challenge.
Organize It All Closet Doubler
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The next step in the Organize Closet Challenge is to add or rearrange storage solutions within your closet to accomodate the items you want to store in there.
There is no one size fits all closet organizers everyone should use. Instead, you need to choose what works best for the shape and size of your space, as well as what you're storing there.
You most likely already have items you can use as organizers in your own home, so make sure to use what you've already got laying around before buying closet organizer kits and systems.
You want to utilize space from the very top to the very bottom of your closet, keeping in mind that the most accessible spaces should be used for items you use the most.
I've shown you some ideas for how to store items on this page already, but here are some of my favorite solutions you should consider:
Finally, once you've got your storage systems in place go ahead and place everything back into your closet as the final step of the Organize Closet Challenge.
The key is to place like items with like, so everything similar is together and it is easy to find what you need (and remind yourself of what you have) so you can easily get dressed each day.
I've created several pages of storage solutions for various types of clothing items that can help you get ideas for how to organize all your clothing to the max, so check out the ones I've written so far:
Tank Tops & Camis
I would love to know how this week's Organize Closet Challenge is going. You can tell me your progress or give me more ideas for how you've organized this area of your home in the comments below.
I also would love to see before and after pictures of your master bedroom closet once you've completed the challenge. Submit your pictures (up to four per submission) and blog posts and get featured in the Creative Storage Solutions Hall of Fame. You've worked hard to get organized, so now here's your chance to show off!
We're working on our homes slowly, one area at a time, so don't get too distracted from this week's Organize Closet Challenge. However, I know this is a big task, so I've really spaced out the organization of clothing, accessories, shoes, etc. out over several weeks.
Now that you've got your closet itself mostly dealt with, we'll continue on with organizing our family's clothes next week, when we deal with storing seasonal and outgrown clothing.
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