Transform Your Closet: 5 Essential Tips from a Professional Organizer

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[By: Kristin + Co Organizing] Hey there, fellow organizing enthusiasts! If you’ve ever felt overwhelmed by the state of your closet, you’re not alone. As a professional organizer, I’m here to help you conquer the chaos and create a functional, aesthetically pleasing space. Let’s dive into five essential tips that will transform your closet for the better.

Tip 1: Start with a Clean Slate

First things first, take everything out of your closet. Yes, everything! This will give you a fresh start and help you see exactly what you’re working with. You might be surprised at how much space you actually have. While your closet is empty, take the opportunity to give it a thorough cleaning—dust the shelves, vacuum the floor, and wipe down any surfaces.

Stock photo of an empty walk in closet with white shelves

Tip 2: Sort, Donate, and Discard

Now that your closet is empty and clean, it’s time to sort through your belongings. Create three piles: keep, donate, and discard. Be honest with yourself about what you actually wear and need. If you haven’t worn something in over a year, it might be time to let it go. Remember that donating items can make a positive impact on others in need.

Stock image of 3 boxes filled with clothes and labeled keep, donate and trash

Tip 3: Organize Closet by Category and Color

One of the most visually pleasing and functional ways to organize your closet is by category and color. Start by grouping your items into categories like tops, bottoms, dresses, outerwear, and accessories. Then, within each category, arrange items by color, from light to dark. This method not only looks great but also makes it easier to find specific items when you’re in a rush.

A kid's walk in closet organized with pink bins and clothes on hangers that are sorted by color.
A closet with lots of shelves with bins and a small hanging section organized by color.

Tip 4: Use Space-Saving Storage Solutions

Maximize your closet space with clever storage solutions. Slim, non-slip hangers are a great way to save space and prevent clothes from slipping off. You can also utilize shelf dividers to keep stacks of clothing neat and organized. Consider using under-shelf baskets or hanging organizers for smaller items like shoes, belts, and scarves. Don’t forget to make use of vertical space with hooks or over-the-door organizers for bags and hats.

A large walk in closet that has been organized
Acrylic shelf dividers that are available on Amazon
Shelf dividers
Under-shelf baskets that are available on Amazon
Under-shelf baskets

Tip 5: Keep It Up with Regular Maintenance

Once your closet is beautifully organized, it’s important to keep it that way. Set aside time each week, or at least once a month, to tidy up and maintain your closet organization. It’s much easier to maintain an organized space than to start from scratch every time. You’ll also save time and reduce stress when you can easily find what you need.

Small walk in closet that has been organized with lots of storage bins.

Enjoy Your “New” Closet!

There you have it—five essential tips to help you organize your closet like a pro! By starting with a clean slate, sorting your belongings, organizing by category and color, using space-saving storage solutions, and maintaining your organization, you’ll create a functional, visually pleasing space that you’ll love. Good luck, and happy organizing!

If you’re in the area of Wilmington, North Carolina, reach out to Kristen + Co Organizing for services.

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