Our Organizing Challenges with Organizing Maniacs Facebook Group has been tackling closets – clothing closets, linen closets, pantries, and more. It’s been so exciting to see the progress people have made in tackling these small, manageable projects. Closets always feel like an organizing challenge, don’t they? Closets are usually the catch-all for a lot of what we own, and it only takes a few days for an organized space to unravel. You can promise to hang up anything clothing that you’ve taken out, but this rule of thumb doesn’t cover the shoes, hats, perfumes, jewelry, and whatever else you keep in your closet. These simple tips can inspire you to master this organizing challenge.

  1. Declutter!

This is an obvious first step for any organizing project. Now is the perfect time to go through all those clothes and decide what you will keep. If you haven’t worn it, toss it. There’s no room in your closet for things you don’t use.

  1. Store smarter, not harder.

Closets are difficult to navigate because there are a lot of items in a small space. Use shelving or bins to form compartments and levels, letting the separation help you categorize. Store the items you use most at eye-level, such as your go-to cardigan and favorite sweater, and then store items that you use a bit less at the bottom of your closet. For stuff that you need, but don’t use frequently, consider a top shelf.

  1. Get creative with storage supplies.

An umbrella holder stores a yoga mat perfectly, and shelf dividers are great for folded stacks of clothes and towels. Boxes and cubbies are a neat solution to shoe storage, and never underestimate stackable laundry baskets. There are many ways to incorporate storage, without breaking the bank on storage materials.

  1. Brighten the space.

One of the worst downfalls of closets is that they can look like dungeons. Add lights to your closet, which is as easy as peel and stick, and you’ll be able to see everything you’ve stored.

  1. Color coordinate.

One of the simplest ways to organize is by color. It’s an easy visual prompt, so when you need to find your favorite red sweater, you aren’t digging through everything in the closet and creating a mess. Purses, shoes, and scarfs can all be color-coordinated, and you’re more likely to return something to it’s rightful place when there is a color scheme.

Once you’ve tackled this organizing challenge, you can move on to linen closets and pantries and apply some of the same logic. Closets don’t have to be the enemy of organization. These effortless tips help you keep control over your closet and let you use what you own more efficiently. Organizing your closet not only minimizes clutter, but it takes the stress out of daily activities. It’s refreshing to know exactly where everything is.