Does your master bedroom closet hold more than your clothes? Do you have limited storage space around the house forcing you to use any and all closet space for things other than clothes? Having to use closet space this way can sometimes make it impossible to organize. However, I’m telling you that it can be done.
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When we bought our current home, it came with lots of closets. However, these closets were not very big. I don’t have a roomy walk-in closet and the boys’ closets, linen closet, coat closet, and pantry are very narrow.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining. In fact, it doesn’t bother me at all that I don’t have a luxurious closet ‘room’ with a chaise lounge and wine bar. Ok, well, the wine bar would be nice. ; )
So how do I deal with my limited storage space and keep my master bedroom closet organized? Well, it definitely takes some purging which requires some deep reflection. In my Organizing Your Clothes post, I talked about how to look at ‘stuff’ and ask oneself:
- Do I really need this?
- How long has it been since I used it?
- Does it make sense to keep this? (Why are you keeping this?)
- Is it still usable? Does it fit? Is it old-fashioned?
As you go through organizing your closet keep these questions in mind for all the stuff you have stored in there.
Also, before attempting to organize your master bedroom closet, I recommend you organize your clothes first. This is a separate challenge. To do this first, click here and read all about organizing your clothes. Once you have organized your clothes, this task will be so much easier to do.
Empty Out That Master Bedroom Closet
The first thing you will want to do is to completely empty your master bedroom closet. I know, I know. You probably just organized your clothes and now I’m asking you to take all that out. Well, yes, but do it so that your clothes are laid out in organized piles. The point is to get a good assessment of your closet space.
Take Any Necessary Measurements
Take some measurements if you plan on purchasing a closet system, adding additional shelving, or want to install something like a small dresser. I hate wasted space, so I added another shelf toward the top of the closet to take advantage of space we were not using.
In fact, this is where I store my keepsakes. They are out of my way and don’t interfere with my ‘clothing’ space.
Start Purging, Start Relocating
Looking at all the stuff you've removed from your closet, ask yourself those questions I provided you at the beginning of this post. Consider repurposing or donating any items that should be purged from your closet.
If you keep non-clothes stuff in your master bedroom closet, see if you can move these to another place in the home. For example, if you keep luggage in your closet perhaps you can relocate them to an attic, basement, or garage.
And don't forget the space under your bed. It's where I keep 'keepsake' clothing like family reunion shirts, sports tops, etc.
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Looking at What's Left
Hopefully, you've whittled down some of your stuff. Now it's time to determine the best way to organize your stuff. Don't just think about the clothes, but also accessories such as shoes, belts, handbags, scarves, and hats.
There are a variety of organizers for accessories that actually help with space. However, if your budget doesn't allow for this, try some spacing hacks. Click here to check out my Pinterest board to getting hacking ideas for your closet.
If your budget allows, you can consider buying a closet system. However, make sure that what you purchase matches with the stuff you have. In other words, if you have more clothes that need to be hung as opposed to being folded and stored in drawers, then make sure your system has more hanging bar space and less drawers.
Now, I love the elfa closet system from the Container Store but I just can't afford it. So, I actually got these craft baskets from Michaels that sort of look like the elfa system. I waited until they were 50-60% off and then I used Michael's 25% off coupons on top of that to get an even sweeter deal.
If you are handy, consider creating your own system by purchasing some shelves, organizers, and dividers. Places like Home Depot and Lowe's will have these separate parts so you don't have to buy a whole system especially if it doesn't make sense for the size and shape of your closet.
Start With Your Clothes
Now, let's start with clothes that you hang. I have found the best way to organize them is by length. This way, you will have more room on one end of the closet to store items.
For clothes that have can be folded, consider the Kon-Mari method. It is designed to create more space if you are limited. To learn how to fold your clothes this way, visit my Kon-Mari Pinterest board by clicking here.
As for your accessories, purses, and shoes, there are so many closet hacks and organizers to choose from. Go with what fits your budget. I personally like using baskets to keep these loose items together.
Finally, if you have to store other items in your master bedroom closet like luggage, ironing board, or vacuum, then try your best to fit them in there without compromising your organizing. A big space at the end of your closet (when arranging your clothes from tall to small) is a good place for these things.
The first time I purged and organized my closet, I sat on my bed with the closet doors open and stared at it for what seemed like an hour. I couldn't believe how minimal and clean my closet looked. I actually felt peace as if a burden had been lifted and this is what I want you to feel too.
I love that I could see everything in one glance. No more guessing where anything is. This is very convenient when trying to find something wear every morning. My hope is that you too won't have to dig around looking for what to wear.
Now, don't think you have to become a minimalist to be organized but it does help a little. Work with what you have but make sure it is stuff you want to keep. Create a system that makes sense for you and your convenience.
So, let me know how your organizing is going? Have any hacks you use? Share with other readers by comment below. I'm sure they'd love to hear how you are doing in these challenges. And of course, if you have any questions or comments you prefer to only share with me, you can always get in touch with me at firstname.lastname@example.org
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