Organizing is my thing. I organize everything: clothes, shoes, towels, kitchen drawers, pantry shelves, bathroom drawers you name it. Here are some of my organization tips.
Before I begin to organize an area I always start with removing items that are:
- Less frequently used/worn (if the item hasn’t been used/worn for at least six month to a year, or has dust on it, then it’s time to go
- I never trash items that someone else can use. I donate. My “trash” can be someone else’s treasure. (Besides it’s a nice tax write off)
- I organize items according to color, size, and sometimes alphabetically 😊
My advice is:
- Start with a smaller area first e.g. Under your bathroom sink
- Sort out the items you less frequently use.
- For the items you are keeping, group them together according to category e.g. Hair products, shaving products, lotions etc.
- Use containers, or lazy Susan’s, or Stackable drawers to hold your categorized items.
- Add Category labels to the front if you decided with drawers or containers.
You’ve seen the nice closet online. You know the walk in closet that’s probably all white and has a chandelier or two in it. The clothes are all neatly organized and color coded. The hangers are all the same and there is probably some fresh flowers sitting somewhere on a closet shelf.
Well… after seeing so many designer closets like the one I described I wanted one of my own. But one problem., the cost was way beyond my budget! Oops..
Have you ever experienced that? Did you let it discourage you?
Let me tell you that although it takes time and work a DIY closet is far better than paying thousands to have one professionally built. After seeing how an IKEA pax closet system, when done right, can look like a designer closet I became convinced. You don’t have to buy from IKEA. You can buy what you need from any store that sells organizing items such as The Container Store, Home Depot, Walmart, Target and Lowes just to name a few.
It doesn’t matter how big or small your closet space is you can inexpensively create a nice, cozy area. Is your closet space small? Brighten it up with light colors. Do you have a lack of shelf space? Why not install floating shelves. Need some ideas of re creating your space? I would love to help…email me!
Length of my project: 3 months
(I demo’d the closet myself and my husband helped assemble the IKEA Pax system)
What else did I use?
– Amazon velvet hangers (TJ Maxx have them too!)
– Chandeliers from Home Depot
– Floor runner from Home Depot
– Gray bins from The Container Store
– 8 section drawer for Ties from The Container Store