The “Tidying Up” craze is running strong! I’ve seen so many posts about people discovering what sparks their joy and finding so much peace in their new-found commitment to streamline their life via their material possessions!
A few days ago I asked a question on my story. I asked if you are feeling stumped in your mission to clean out your personal closet. The response was overwhelming and I believe the reason for this phenomenon is very simple! In fact its so simple, I hesitated to write a post on it! But it’s seems, it’s also so simple, it’s getting overlooked!
“Failure to plan is planning to fail.”
We are neglecting to make a plan! That simple!
Closet Clean Out
Phase 1 - The Plan
- Measure your space.
The very first thing you need to do is measure your space. That’s it! Take a tape measure and measure the length of each wall. Then Measure the height of each wall (if you don’t know your ceiling height).
2. Sketch Your Closet.
Grab some graph paper and make a simple sketch. Don’t worry about perfection! Just a simple sketch is all we need. Make each square in the graph paper represent a foot.
My Personal Closet Sketch
3. Draw in the Shelving (If already existing)
Now, if you already have built-ins and rods (which you most likely do) and you are pleased with them, or don’t want to invest more money into changing them, draw those in as well.
Personal Closet with existing Shelving
4. Determine your personal preferences?
When I design a closet for a client, we plan it out according to their actual belongings. I’ll explain what I mean by this.
Question: Do you have lots of dresses that need long hanging space?
Solution: Then you need a section with ample space for your dresses!
Question: Do you like to hang your t-shirts, shorts, jeans, rather than store them in a drawer?
Solution: Then those items with need ample hanging space.
The point of this stage, is to begin to see what we’re actually trying to accommodate.
5. Measure your personal preferences.
This may seem silly but it makes the entire process so much smoother! Literally take your handy tape measure and measure the length of your pants. If you are still wanting to cut it down, measure the length and then subtract your goal. If my pants hanging space was 60″, and my goal was to cut it in half then I need to plan for 30″ of hanging space that is designated for my pants.
Same for dresses, tops, sweaters, shorts, etc. Everything that you prefer to hang. Also measure the height of those things to know the vertical space you need to plan for.
When you are planning for shoes, it’s also good to actually measure them as well! How high is your tallest pair of boots? What is the length needed for the number of boots you want to keep? Do the same for all your shoes!
I know this may seem quite extreme but the point in this phase, is to maximize your square footage. Square footage is where all the money is sunk in a home. So, remembering to plan to efficiently utilize as much of your horizontal AS WELL AS vertical space as possible, maximizes the overall investment into your home.
6. Draw a simple elevation of each wall.
After you have determined the space needed for all of your belongings, begin to visualize a designated space for all of your things, by drawing it out to scale on each wall. Remembering if you use graph paper, each square represents 1 sq. ft.
7. Make a list of all categories of apparel you intend to store in your closet.
Whatever you intend to keep in your closet, write it down here.
8. Make Your Shopping List.
The biggest reason for relapse into the world of clutter and chaos, is not designating a “home” for everything! If all of the items you intend to keep, do not have a designated space, they will end up in the way of something else.
What are a few items you could purchase in an effort to give everything a home? Here are some of my top suggestions to consider.
- Clear Acrylic Bins
- Wooden Hangers
- Boot Shapers
- Storage Bins
- Shoe Storage
- Drawer Dividers
- Vertical Storage
- Scarf Storage
Phase One is complete! At this point you’re ready to begin shopping!
Phase Two: Coming Soon!
I hope this helps you begin to feel “unstuck”! Just take it one phase at a time! Phase one is all that needs to be considered right now! Phase two will come in time!
Do you have some tips of your own that have helped you become unstuck? Please share in the comments below!