How To Organize Your Closet

About a decadeĀ ago, I was at my nephew’s house for an extended family reunion. My aunt Ruth, who was up in her years, was asking why there were rainbow flags in every room. Being the oldest person in the house, she was the only one who didn’t know that my nephew was gay.

My sister simply replied by telling her that Nicolas had come out of the closet. Mind you, my aunt Ruth was nearing 100 years old and wasn’t caught up with modern idioms. In her state of confusion, she stormed into Nicolas’ bedroom. The rest of the family followed to see how this would play out.

Aunt Ruth promptly opened the door to the closet, only to find it packed with an unorganized mess. That’s when she exclaimed, “How could he even fit in there?” We all had a great laugh. Except for Aunt Ruth, who still had no idea what was going on. Sadly, my aunt Ruth passed away about a year later. But we still like to bring up that hilarious episode at family gatherings for a good laugh.

But you didn’t come here to hear about my stories. You’re here to learn cleaning advice. Since I was recently reminded about this incident while talking with my sister the other day, I figured that I might as well post some tips on how to organize your closet.


The first thing that you need to do, and this might sound obvious, is to remove everything from the cluttered closet. You’re going for a completely fresh start here. Having the closet empty will help you to visualize how you can best utilize its space.

The next thing is to sort through the items and place them into different piles. These piles will be along the lines of “Keep,” “Toss,” “Repair,” “Donate,” “Sell,” etc… While doing this step, keep in the mind that the more junk you keep, the more cluttered your closet (and the rest of your house) will be. So don’t get too sentimental about things. If something was stuffed away in the back of the closet, then it probably wasn’t worth keeping anyway.

Now you may want to invest in some organizational products. These can be bins, shelves, filing systems, boxes, or anything else that will make storing things easily organized. There is a brand called Really Useful Boxes that specializes in making, well, really useful boxes. Their stackable plastic containers come in all sorts of sizes and colors, making them a great organizational solution.

Use the boxes, crates, or whatever you choose to store away the items that you decide to keep, and admire how beautiful your neatly organized closet looks!

The best part is that these tips don’t apply to only your closet. You can use these same steps to organize any part of your home or office that needs organizing.

If Nicolas had known that it was this easy to organize his closet, we would have missed out on a hilarious quote by Aunt Ruth. But at least it would have been easier for him to find things in his closet.