Today I am sharing how to organize hall closets quickly and easily. Getting organized makes life so much easier and it isn’t as hard as it seems.
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Take Everything Out
Start the organizing process by taking everything out of your closets. This is a very important step because it will make it a lot easier to see everything you have. Even if you only have one closet I would still suggest emptying it out. Taking everything out can be very overwhelming, but don’t worry this is the hardest part. If you have a lot of closets you might want to break it up into just one or two at a time.
I get a lot more done when I have limited time. For some reason less time makes me focus more. Try to remove all distractions. I like to organize and declutter in quiet, this gives me time to think about what I am doing and why I am putting things in certain places. When I was organizing my hall closets I only had two hours! I had to keep moving or I would run out of time. A time limit will also stop you from over thinking and worrying too much about pointless things.
Now that everything is out, start decluttering. I like to start with the easiest things to get rid of and that is trash. Look through your pile, I bet you can find some trash. Maybe there are some worn out towels, or too many? Look for expired products or products you tried, but didn’t really like. Is there anything broken? This is the best way to get rolling on the decluttering process. Make sure you have a designated trash bag. This seems obvious, but having an actual trash bag makes the process faster and less confusing.
Once the trash is gone pull out the items you know you want to keep. Start making a pile of keep items. Set the keep items in a designated area so they don’t accidentally go.
Have a donation box or bag ready. Again seems obvious, but it can get confusing when there is a lot of stuff.
When decluttering ask yourself some simple questions.
When is the last time I used this item?
Does this item make me happy?
Do I really need this?
Organization & Declutter Overwhelm
Visualize you are pushing a broken down car, it is very hard to get this car rolling, but once it is rolling it becomes much easier to move. This is exactly how decluttering works. At first it is really hard to get rid of anything. Every item is IMPORTANT! That is why you should start with the easy things like trash. Get the car rolling. Once you are on a roll the process becomes easier and easier.
As your donation box or pile becomes larger I suggest moving it into another room. It can be visually overwhelming to see a lot of stuff in one area. Sometimes I get that “where do I start?” feeling. Taking piles out of sight can help. As the donation box gets full move it out of sight and start with a new bag or box. This will not only help with feeling overwhelmed, but it will also help with the declutter process. If your donation box is full you might worry that you are getting rid of too much, which is usually never the case.
How do you get organized? I have three hall closets and all of them had a jumble of things. Two of my closets had towels! That doesn’t make any sense! Think about where your closets are in relation to your other rooms. If there is a closet that is closest to the bathroom then that is where the extra towels should go.
Like items should be stored together. I have two reasons for this; first you won’t be wondering where things are, and secondly you can see exactly how much you have. For instance before we decluttered we had a ton of towels and a lot of cleaning supplies. The reason why was they were spread around our whole house. Once they were gathered into one location I could get a good visual on how much we had.
Store games and crafts like you would books on a shelf. This is a game changer when it comes to getting organized. When storing the games in this way you can find what you are looking for quickly and it makes it much easier to get something out.
When refilling my cupboards I stick to a few rules. Keep like items together. Put my most used items in the easiest location to get to. Store all back up items standing up in a clear bin towards the back. Put less used items towards the top and bottom of the cupboard and the most used items where they can be reached easily.
Bins are the best way to keep things organized. They can be found in almost every store and they are normally affordable. Since I have a door on my closet I am going for a lot of clear bins. I know clear bins are not pretty, but I was driving myself nuts constantly pulling down the large black bins I had used before. I could never remember what was in each one because they looked exactly alike. So I suggest use clear bins to put like items together. Clear bins make it so much easier to find what you are looking for in the bin. If you are really organized, label each bin with the contents. This will help you find things quicker and it will help when putting items back away.
The focus should be on organization and not necessarily on making everything pretty. As a side note, the more I have decluttered the better my home looks.
Studies have found that getting rid of clutter eliminates 40% housework in the typical home and 80% of the clutter in your home is a result of being disorganized. There are so many benefits to decluttering and getting organized. Imagine less housework and more space.
At the end of every season I like to do a seasonal declutter. This is very simple and you can read the entire post about it here. Every season go through your hall closets and see what can be decluttered or reorganized. Since you have already done the organizing from the tips above this will be a simple way to stay organized. Decluttering four days a year is pretty easy if that means it will keep you organized through the whole year.
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