How to Keep a Closet Organized

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Image of buildings in Nice, France and the phrase, How to Keep a Closet Organized You’ve just organized your closet and are proud of all of your hard work.

A few days later, however, things are looking disorganized and out of sorts.

How do you keep a closet organized after all of your hard work?

In this post, I offer a few tips to help you keep your newly organized closet organized…for the long haul.

Assign specific storage areas.

Whether you’re organizing a closet, room, or house, you should always give items specific storage locations.

Why? This makes it super easy for you to put back what you take out.

There’s no question as to where something should go once you are finished using it.

If you haven’t yet assigned specific storage areas in your closet (for example, shirts go on the left side, pants on the other, hats in hatboxes on the shelf, and shoes on a storage rack on the floor, and so on), make a point to do so now.

Where are you going to keep particular articles of clothing in your closet?

Make tidying up a habit.

The number one way to keep a closet organized? Tidy up your closet on a regular basis. Take a few minutes every evening, or some other time of your choice, to put things away.

You might find it helpful to put things away following one of your current habits, such as when you change out of your work clothes or brush your teeth before bed. Set a timer, put on some of your favorite songs, and get to it. Just five minutes worth of work every weekday can save you from hours upon hours of reorganization during the weekend.

Whenever you’re debating whether or not to take a few minutes to put things back, ask yourself this simple question: “Minutes now…or hours later?”

Put away clean laundry as soon as it’s done.

This seems like a no-brainer, but it’s an easy way to keep things tidy. Once your clothes have been laundered, fold them up/hang them up/put them away. The longer you let clothing sit around, the less inclined you’ll be to put things away.

You might also want to take a moment to straighten out any other articles of clothing in the closet that have gone amiss. Of course, this same line of thinking applies to any dirty clothes — toss ‘em in the hamper as soon as they are soiled.    

Don’t tidy up when you’re in a rush.

Lastly, it’s not the best idea in the world to tidy up a closet when you’re in a rush. Throwing clothes haphazardly into a closet before you dash out the door to catch your bus for work isn’t a great start to the day.

In fact, doing so might create even more work for you; you may accidentally misplace your favorite shirt or end up knocking things off of shelves or hangers! Why do more work if you can avoid it entirely? Do yourself a favor, and put things in order when you’re not pressed for time.

How about you? Have you put a lot of hard work into organizing a closet, only to have it become messy again in a short period of time? Why do you think things turned out the way they did? Join in the conversation and leave a comment below!

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Rashelle Isip is a New York City-based professional organizer and productivity consultant who helps people get organized so they can stress less, have more fun, and be happier at home. Her work has been featured in Good Housekeeping, Fast Company, Cosmopolitan, The Washington Post, Business Insider, and The Atlantic. Get access to her free guide, 10 Simple Ways to Make Your To-Do Lists More Effective, by clicking here.