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How to Clean a Closet and Keep It Organized

How to Clean a Closet and Keep It Organized
April 19, 2021

When you live in a condo, you might find that your closets seem to lack space. Often, this is because you either don’t have enough closets, have too much stuff, or aren’t optimizing the space. Regardless, you can take steps to make the most of your closet space. Here are some tips to clean your closet and keep it organized:

How to clean a closet and keep it organized

Prepare Yourself with the Right Tools

While it might seem strange to need tools to clean a closet, if you want to do it right, you will need:

  • Rags
  • A pail of warm soapy water
  • Vacuum or broom
  • Cleaning gloves
  • Dust mask
  • Trash bags
  • Laundry basket
  • Boxes
  • Matching hangers
  • Hooks and closet organizers
  • Marker/pen, paper, and tape

All of these items will help make short work of your cleaning project and help you get everything organized.

Empty it Out

A big mistake people make when trying to clean and organize a closet is that they try to do it as is. Instead, you first need to empty everything out so you can make a fresh start of it. Also, this is the only way you can clean all the surfaces and remove dust. This is where your dust mask comes in. Even though you keep the door closed, dust can accumulate on surfaces, on the floor, and on your stuff, so wear your mask to avoid getting an allergy attack!

Clean Away

Once everything is removed, it becomes easier to see the dirt. Put on your gloves and dip your rag in the water to wipe down the walls and shelves from top to bottom. Then, use a broom or vacuum to tackle the floors before you wash them with your mop. Pay attention to corners near the ceiling where cobwebs might be hanging. If there is a light, see if it needs an energy efficient bulb, and if there are any dead bugs in the lamp shade!

Get to Sorting

Now that everything is clean, it’s time to start sorting through your stuff. Use your laundry basket, boxes, and bags to organize everything. Label the boxes so you don’t accidentally throw anything out. The things you keep can be folded and placed in piles on the floor, while the trash bags are for garbage, and the boxes are for charity. Go through each piece and consider how often you wear it, if it still fits, if it is in fashion, and whether it is suited to keep, toss, or donate. As you work, group things that you wish to keep into their own piles by their category such as pants, shirts, sweaters, purses, shoes, and so on.

Put Away Your Clothes

Once everything is sorted, it’s time to put everything away. Hang up the items that need to be like blouses, dress shirts, jackets, suits, and dresses. You can get very organized and decide to sort by colour as you hang your clothes if you are so inclined. Items that go in drawers or on shelves should be neatly folded and placed in their proper area. This is a good time to consider if you could use a shoe rack or some form of storage for your shoes. Handy shoe racks come in hangable varieties, including ones you can hang on the inside of your closet door. Put the shoes you wear most often in the easier to access areas, and the others can be stored on a higher up shelf.

Use Organizers

At this stage, assess your closet and decide how you can make the most of the space. As mentioned in your list of tools, this might include things like hooks, or other forms of organizers like boxes or shelves. Consider if you can use wall space, have room to add more shelves, another rod, and so on. Some fun ideas include:

  • Place scarves on shower rings hung over a hanger so you can loop them through the rings.
  • Keep jewellery in clear pocket organizers.
  • Decide if some items might be best kept elsewhere like the bathroom, a dresser drawer, or your bedside table.

The key is to be creative and find new ways to use items, or better ways of using the space you have.

Clean Your Clothes

Anything you tossed in the laundry basket can now be put in the laundry or placed by the door for the dry cleaners. Ideally, you can get the laundry done the same day, so you can assess your space again once it is put away.

Take Your Giveaways to Charity

Don’t put off taking your giveaways to your local charity. The sooner you get it out of your home, the less chance there is for you to have a change of heart. The goal here is to downsize, and deciding to keep things you had slated to toss is a step backwards. Consider asking friends if they’d like first dibs on items you are giving away. Another idea is to have your best items dry cleaned and then post them for sale on a site like Posh. It’s a great way to make a little money on the side.

Have a Plan

Once everything is organized, have a plan so it can stay that way. This should include:

  • Schedule regular laundry days so you avoid a major pile up.
  • Always put your laundry away as soon as you take it out of the dryer.
  • Invest in more hangers if you find that you are running short.
  • Get into the habit of placing dirty clothes in the laundry hamper instead of on the floor.
  • Keep clothes that need dry cleaning near the door in a laundry bag so you can take it each week.
  • Remember to sweep inside your closet when you are sweeping the rest of your condo.

Contact Maid4Condos

These steps might be hard to stick to, but if you have a plan, you are more likely to keep your closet organized. If you would like help, at Maid4Condos, we cater to all your Toronto condo cleaning needs to keep everything neat and organized. Reach out to us today.

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