Clutter can build up in our homes so easily as we go about our daily lives. But it can have a negative effect on us, making our homes feel stressful, instead of calming and relaxing as they should be. Cleaning out the clutter can cut down dust, trip hazards, and drastically speed up your home cleaning routine. And even more importantly, being in a clutter-free space just helps you feel clearer mentally. The fewer unnecessary items, the better.

To get you started, you could digitally scan older documents and receipts and then safely shred them once they are securely stored and organized in a digital format. You might also benefit from cleaning out your closet and gifting or donating your old clothes to a charity. Another crack way to prevent shoes from cluttering your floor or being damaged or forgotten is to buy a shoe rack or set aside a drawer for them.

The right way to organize your closet

The first step to really organizing your closet is to remove everything, including hangers, baskets, bins, and anything else that might be on the floor or shelves. Take it all out and give the space a thorough clean. You need this clear space in order to visualize how to re-organize your closet. Consider the following tips as you plan.

  • Group like with like: Gather similar items and decide where to store items as a group. Working in groups of items will help you figure out how much space you need and the best way to store each type of item.
  • Utilize real estate: Reserve the front and middle of your closet for clothes you wear most often. If you have to get dressed for work each morning, make sure your work clothes are at the front of your closet. Whereas items like formal wear and seasonal clothes should be stored at the back and on the top shelves.

When planning, make sure to use all of your available space and place things in an attractive way to motivate ongoing maintenance. Think about where it makes sense to store each category of clothing and then think about the easiest spots to reach in your closet.

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