Making over your closet will help you keep your closet organized. Learn how to organize your closet by following these simple steps. If you’re looking from going to a 1 rod closet to using a closet organizer you’ll love this transformation.
Living in an old home means no closet space. We live in an old home and we are always looking for storage solutions. Our master closet is a 5 foot reach-in closet.
I store seasonal clothes under the bed but we still have a closet busting at the seems. Enough was enough so I made over our closet and I’m so happy I did. Today I want to share the closet makeover with you!
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Closet Makeover Process
We went from sharing a 5-foot closet with 1 rod to a closet with shelves, drawers, and 3 rods. I’m going to walk you through the exact steps I took to organize our closet.
Empty out your closet
To start out I removed everything from the closet and placed it on the bed. It was a mess it was a mountain of clothes, shoes, and accessories to go through which I show you what I did later in this post.
I removed the shelf, clothes rod, and everything else from the closet. Then I vacuumed and got ready to build the closet organizer.
Install new closet organizer
Now it’s time to install the new closet organizer. The closet organizer I went with one that had drawers and shelves so I could store more in our small space.
I fell in love with the woven baskets from my linen closet organization project so I ordered more. Below is the exact model I purchased along with the drawers and baskets.
Declutter and organize
Once the closet organizer was installed it was time to get to organizing and decluttering the clothes, shoes, and accessories.
I went through and removed old clothes that aren’t used, too worn out, or don’t fit. I bagged them up and either threw them away or set them to donate.
How to organize your closet
Putting everything back can be the hard part. Let me walk you through how I organized my closet. It takes a little bit to set up but it’s easy to follow.
Go through clothes, shoes, and accessories. Get rid of anything that you don’t use, like, or want any longer.
Then, throw away anything broken and donate the items that you don’t want or don’t fit any longer.
When it comes to storing your clothes, shoes, and accessories it’s important to group like items together. In my closet, I have everything grouped (on my side) by this system:
- Running clothes
- Short-sleeved t-shirts
- Long-sleeved shirts
Since my running clothes are very specific and I only use these clothes to run in I added them all together and stored them in a basket. It seem easiest for me.
Then, for my husband we have them grouped by:
- Ties and belts
- Button-down shirts
I then used drawers and baskets to add groups of clothes and then hung up the rest of the groups.
Since we are not big shoe people in our home. I was able to use a basket for myself and the bottom shelf of the organizer. I store my running shoes (I have 3 pairs of those) at the bottom shelf. And the rest of my shoes are stored in a basket.
My husband is using a shoe organizer that we’ve had for many many years.
Our jewelry and accessories are being stored on shelves. I store all of my jewelry in a box that I’ve had for years and all of our sunglasses are stored in their boxes.
A few extra tips
Keep in mind that we do not store all of our clothes in our closet at all times. Summer clothes are stored under our bed in containers. Then when spring comes around our fall and winter clothing will be stored and the summer clothes will be added to our closet.
When we buy new clothes we remove clothes. I follow a 1 in and 1 out rule and it’s has worked well for us. If you buy a pair of jeans remove a pair of jeans. That’s how I follow the 1 in 1 out rule.
Folding your clothes efficiently. The way your fold your clothes is key to saving space. I use the konmari folding method to fold our clothes.
When you keep up with folding your clothes, storing them in categories, and follow the 1 in 1 out rule you’ll keep your closet organized.