Sometimes what seems like a large project ends up being a simple quick task. For a long time I've been bothered by my entryway coat/shoe closet. It was always cluttered and we could never find what we wanted quickly. It was also a blackhole for hats, gloves and other miscellaneous items.
But this past weekend I finally tackled the project. You're asking right now… what made you finally decide to organize this closet. The answer is I had finally hit my breaking point. It had snowed this weekend and my son couldn't find his gloves and hat. We looked all around the house and couldn't find them. I was convinced they had to be in the closet. So, without giving it much thought, I decided it was time to tackle this project. (BTW, His gloves were in his sister's jacket. We still can't find the hat.)
Using the organizing skills I've acquired over the past few years I knew exactly how to handle this project. I started by removing everything in the closet and sorted it into piles of similar items.
I had a pile for hats, one for gloves and scarves, one for purses and bags, and then I sorted all of the shoes into matching pairs.
Once all of the contents of the closet were removed and sorted into piles I began the purging process. I created two additional piles. One for items I wanted to donate to Goodwill and one for items that needed to be thrown away (bent and broken hangers fell into this category). After the purging process was complete I had about 50% less stuff that had to go back into the closet than had been pulled out of the closet. NOTE: In my opinion getting rid of stuff you no longer need is the most important step in getting organized.
With the purging process complete I was almost ready to start putting everything back into the closet. Before I put anything back I took a minute or two to think about what wasn't working well in the closet and ended up coming up with four key things that needed improved.
- The closet was poorly lit
- Hats and gloves were not quickly accessible
- There were too many coats
- We still had too many shoes
I solved each of these problems very easily
- I went to Lowe's Home Improvement and purchased a $9 light and mounted it on the side wall using 2 screws.
- I decided to keep all of the hats and gloves in a bag that would hang on the inside of the door
- Coats that were not worn frequently got moved to a less used storage closet.
- Since it was winter I put summer shoes into a clear Clever Store tote and moved them into the garage.
Solving those four key issues were simple but very important to the long term success of keeping this closet organized.
Once the lighting was installed and the summer shoes stored away I put everything back into the closet, took a step back and smiled at my completely organized closet is less than 1 hour.
Once again, another area of the home that's been improved with just a little bit of effort.