Home Improvement, Lifestyle, Organization

How to Keep Your Closets Clean & Organized: Ask Anna

The past few months we’ve covered the best ways to clean your kitchen, bathroom, living room, and laundry room. Today we are going to talk about how to keep your closets clean and organized!

Every home has lots of different types of closets – coat closets, bedroom closets, linen closets, etc. While different closets may be organized differently, there are some general rules that apply to every type of closet.

1. Keep Them Clean

You might not think about cleaning your closets routinely like you would your bathroom but trust me, dust and all kinds of things hide in the dark corners of our closets. I recommend removing items from the shelves and wiping them down with an EnviroCloth every 6 months. Vacuum the floors and make sure to get all the edges and corners too! Keeping shelves clean will keep your closet (and belongings) smelling fresh.

2. Storage

My favorite storage solution for every closet is baskets and bins. We have them in every closet in our house! Using baskets, boxes, or bins to store items helps keep similar items together and the shelves more organized and looking nice! It’s a win-win. In our entryway closet I have baskets that hold cleaning items, like my mop attachments and replacement vacuum bags. In our master bedroom closet I have boxes that store everything from hats to swim suits. In my daughter’s closet I use boxes to store seasonal clothes, keepsake items, and donation items for clothes she’s outgrown.

It doesn’t matter what kind of closet you need to organize, baskets and bins are the solution you’ve been looking for!

3. Purging

Purging is the number one thing that gets overlooked but it’s probably the most important thing when it comes to keeping your closets cleaned and organized! I guarantee if you commit to purging your closet every 6 months, you’ll never have a problem with clutter and keeping it organized. Commit to going through your closets and getting rid of anything you haven’t used in the last 6 months–I recommend when the seasons change from hot to cold, and vice versa. I do this every time I swap our winter and summer clothes out with our bedroom closets, and I’m amazed every time at how much stuff I haven’t worn. Styles change, our taste changes, we buy new clothes, and there’s nothing wrong with that! But hoarding the old things you haven’t worn or used will create a problem. Don’t feel guilty about getting rid of stuff–give it to a friend or donate it to a local homeless shelter. This will help them out and keep your space clean!

Our entryway closet is where I keep all our mops/vacuums, and I desperately need to go through them and purge! As mops have broken or I’ve bought new products I’ve held onto those old ones thinking someday I’d use them again… But you know what? I haven’t, and now I have a cluttered closet! It happens to all of us, which is why it’s so important to put those purging dates on the calendar and commit to them.

4. Think Outside The Box

I’m very aware that not all closets are created equal. In fact, most closets are designed very poorly with a single shelf, a single clothing rod, and some doors – not a whole lot of usable space and a lot of wasted space. This is why it’s so important to think outside the box and not look at the limitations of your closets but at the potential! Use every inch of the space by adding additional shelves, using stackable boxes, even utilizing the back of the door.

If you need ideas check out my other lots of great tips and ideas to help you think outside the box with your closet space.

Doesn’t it feel good to clean out the closets and get rid of some clutter? I don’t know about you, but I love a beautiful closet space! Join me next month as we move outdoors and talk about how to clean and organize your outdoor spaces.

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Anna is the owner and creator of the AskAnna blog. Her blog provides creative ideas for everything ranging from decorating to home DIY to cleaning and organizing. Her eye for detail transforms everyday projects into beautiful yet practical solutions.

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