I spent the weekend helping a friend organize. She asked me to help her organize her stuff like my own. Of course I agreed – I LOVE to organize!
This instruction is for a closet with shelving, and works extremely well for linen or bathroom closets.
STOCK UP! This is a great way to find space and have a place to put stocked up items.
#1 – Purchase storage boxes.
I like the shoe box size (with lids). They are a good size, stack easily, and I find them pretty easily for a buck ($1) at stores with “Dollar” in the name. If you don’t have those boxes available – a number of same-size shoe boxes would work.
The size and items in the closet will determine if (1) you need larger boxes and, (2) the number of boxes you will need. Personally, I have lots on hand – so if you can afford a few more than you think you need, you should be in good shape. I use them all over the house.
#2 – Clear an area (as close to the closet as possible) where you can unload your entire closet, and grab a large trash can.
#3 – Place boxes on floor in the area you just cleared.
#4 – Begin pulling things out.
If you are like me – the first time I did this I found I had bought lots of one item because the previously purchased item had been “lost” in the sea of stuff. Throw away any medications that are past their expiration dates and toss items you will never use. Put like items in the same box. Examples of boxes I use:
- “Tooth and Mouth Care”: “extra” toothpaste, toothbrushes, floss, lip care…
- “Hair Care”: extra combs, brushes
- “Dog Stuff”dog or cat or pet items (that are not used daily)
- “Light Bulbs”
- “Prescriptions”: extra medications
- “Cold & Allergy”: allergy, sinus, and cold med
- “First Aid”
- “Sewing Items” (for those of us who don’t really sew, but still sew on buttons)
- “Misc. Phone/Computer Wires”
- “Extension Cords”
- “Warranty Info”
You get the idea. If a box gets too full separate like items into a second box or get a larger container.
#5 – Label the front of the box using a piece of paper, marker and clear packing tape or type the categories on the computer and run it through the printer – cut out and tape down.
#6 – Stack two or three high depending upon the shelves.
What to do with those “odd” items? Put them in a larger box that is not stacked. That way you can see what is available. Bottles of rubbing alcohol and peroxide just get lined up like on a store shelf. Same with Shampoos and conditioners if you have more than one of them as back-up.
If you have a pile of towels and wash clothes that don’t all get used (but tip and fall and cause a mess)… fold them neatly and attach a large rubber band, or put in a large storage box in the closet. Leave out only that which you use regularly.