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How To Make The Most Of Your Closet Space

You may have already spent a large amount of time and money trying to get your closets organized, but if you are still wondering where you are going to put your stuff, then it definitely isn't right yet. This article has several tips on how to finally get your things in order.

The first step is to open up all of your closets and take a real look at how your are utilizing your space. Most closets aren't very well organized, and are plagued with piles of stuff. Other problems include too small of containers or too many items on hangars. Solving these issues is the key to maximizing your use of the space.

Tip: You have to let neighbors know of times when the street will be blocked due to your renovations. When making large improvements to a home, it sometimes take a road being blocked so that equipment can be moved or deliveries can be made.

The first step in organizing a closet is to empty it. If you are only working on a little bit at a time it will be difficult to get a cohesive storage system in place. If you have extra space you can use an area as a storage closet. That will help you reduce congestion in the rest of the home. Take all non-clothing items out of your clothes closet to reduce congestion in this high-traffic area. If you have some extra space you can make an exception and store seasonal clothing along with the rest of your clothes.

Next, take a good look at all of the stuff you removed from the closet and decide if you can do without some of it. Clothes that you have not worn in a long time, or other items you have not used in years can be donated or thrown out to make space for the things you really care about. Now that you have reduced the amount of stuff you need to deal with, it should be much easier to organize it and find places to keep it. You can use plastic storage totes to help you organize or even keep stuff that just doesn't quite fit in the closet yet.

Tip: Envisioning the result before starting your improvement is always a good exercise to use. You don't want anything that's going to be an eyesore for you or for your neighbors.

Don't over-stuff your closets. Organization systems that are supposed to help you make extra usable space in your closet take up space of their own. No matter how small the closet, these sorts of tools won't really help you increase your space.

While the closet is empty it is time to inspect the inside of the space. Check shelving and racks to make sure they are still solid. You may also want to vacuum and paint while you have the opportunity. Once everything is clean and fresh you can add your items back into your closet.

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If your closets are full it might be time to set yourself some ground rules. For example, for every new piece of clothing you purchase you must donate one. This will help keep your things under control. You might also want to consider a regular "purging" of all of the things you no longer use.

Now you're ready to evaluate any items that didn't initially fit in your closets. See if they will fit now that you are done cleaning. If not, try and let go of a few more items. This can be done over time if you are uncomfortable getting rid of too much stuff at once. The important thing is to keep making progress.

Home improvement doesn't have to mean making big changes. You can just work on improving the things you have to make huge progress. Rethinking your closet space is just one simple improvement you can make.

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