Every morning you stand in front of the closet looking at the clothes, wondering what to wear. Probably, you have a couple of suits that you rotated every week. You are doing that not because you intend to have a uniform or be practical, but because the closet is cluttered, and you cannot reach some areas. It is possible that you have clothes that you have not seen in years.
All the house closets are perfect targets for 5S, but this time I will focus on the bedroom closet. Follow the five steps for cleaning and organization, one at the time. The best way to see everything you have is to empty the closet. If you are using more than one, place all items in the same place to start sorting. When you finished sorting, decide what is the best location but do not put anything back until you clean the area. This time is going to be the best moment ever to vacuum and clean the entire closet. Find below a couple of tips for each step.
Sorting through the closet items should be an easy task. Look out for these things that you can get rid of without hesitation.
- Old clothing, shoes, and accessories that you never wear, either because you don’t like them anymore or do not fit.
- Mismatched socks
- Clothing that is either in bad shape, broken or stained.
- Eyeglasses with old prescriptions.
- Old towels and bedding
You can do the following with the discarded items.
- If the clothing is in good condition, donate it.
- Donate old eyeglasses.
- Fix or have someone fixing for you those items with missing buttons, broken zipper, of need a little adjustment job.
- If you have dogs, you can use towels and other linen for them. You can also use some and donate the extras to your local shelter.
Set in Order
- You need to be able to see what you have without opening drawers or boxes. Use open shelves and boxes when need it.
- Organize hangers to maximize the use of vertical space. For example, you can have blouses and shirts on top hanging space and below it another for skirts and pants.
- Use drawer organizers and dedicate each drawer to one item type, for example, socks.
- Divide your items by use or season, work clothes vs. home, summer vs. winter, and others.
- If you have one available, you can designate one closet or space for bulky winter items.
- Use shoe racks whenever possible, avoid using shoe boxes unless they are clear.
- Clean all shelves and hanging systems.
- You can paint the insides of the closet now.
- Look for missing knobs, broken parts, loose screws, and other things. Repair what you can and replace what you need.
- You can use temporary labels to identify what goes where, at least until you get used to it. Unless you do your laundry, you need to ensure that everybody sees, understands, and does the same.
- You don’t need to wait until spring to clean your closet or wardrobe. Put in a calendar to check your closet every other month or so.
- As soon as you grab something that does not fit anymore, decide what to do with it. If you do not want to get rid of things that fast, designate a small area to put those items and check them as part of your closet review per calendar.
To clean and keep the house clean is everybody’s responsibility. You can make 5S a family activity, teach your kids how to do it, and have them check on their closets the same day you do. Doing this regularly, you will avoid planning how or where to build additional closet space for your clothes.