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How To Clean and Organize a Closet

More than anything, the closet needs organizing and decluttering. My objectives today are to guide you to a fresh, clean and organized closet.

Start with a plan

Take stock of what you store in your closet - shoes, clothes, purses, handbags, linen etc. In my case, in addition to the above, I use my closet as a storage facility with rubbermaid tubs filled with a mixture of clothes and books - and suitcases.

So have a plan and start with the end goal in mind. What do you want your closet to look like when you're done? What do you have to get rid of, keep and clean in order to accomplish the vision.

Write it all down and then get to work.

If you don't have a lot of time...

If you don't have enough time or you have one of those huge walk-in closets, work with a zone method. Look at your closet - divide it into zones and work on one zone at a time over a few days.

On the other hand - if you have a couple of hours to spare, empty the entire closet of all your things.

Clean and Purge

Now that the closet is empty - clean the shelves and the floor. If you're cleaning a zone, remove items from the zone and clean the surfaces in the zone.

Next look at your belongings and start the purging process. You know what I mean. Have a 'keep' pile and a 'get rid of' pile. Once you've done this, decide on what to do with the 'get rid of' pile - donate, sell or just trash.

When this is complete, look at your 'keep' pile. Are there any items that should be stored elsewhere? For me - that would be my books. Do not put these items back into the closet.

Use the closet space efficiently

Before you place your items back into your closet, determine if you need more closet storage equipment. Or, arrange your items to utilize the space better.

Once you have decided on equipment or a better storage arrangement put your things back into your closet and you're done.

More on closet cleaning

For more information on curing closet clutter checkout "Two of the Best Ways to Cure Your Closet Clutter", "Expand Your Storage Using Closet Organizers" and "Make the Most of Closet Shelving".

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