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Monday, January 23rd, 2012

2012 Organizing Resolutions: Tackling the Closet

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So…last week I gave you five easy-peasy organizational projects to get you back on that new year’s resolution wagon. If you skipped that post, go back and dip your toes in with it. Now that February is fast approaching, let’s get something a little bit more substantial done. I’ll be adding projects each week to keep you on the organizational track.

image via L.A. Closet Design

Today’s project is not about color-coding or getting perfectly organized, it’s about cleanliness. Hopefully by now you’ve tackled each little drawer or box one at a time. If not, tackle that. You can do them at a rate of one a day as your project time, then wait for the weekend to tackle the closet cleaning.

You Will Need: Stepladder, featherduster, wipes or cleaning solution and a cloth, the vacuum with attachments. If your closet is carpeted, baking soda, if not, some sort of mop or swiffer getup, wastebasket, shopping bag, notebook, pen.

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  • Take every last thing out of your closet and put it in another room. Ignore it all for now; make sure you’ve left yourself a place to sleep tonight in case you run out of steam.
  • Grab a feather duster and a stepladder, and to to town, from where the walls hit the ceiling to the light fixture. Work your way from the top to the bottom.
  • Grab your cleaning agent of choice, be it vinegar, bleachy wipes or soap and water, and wipe down all your shelves.
  • Pick up any detritus like dry cleaning and price tags, cedar balls that have lost their scent, renegade mis-matched socks, etc. and toss it in the wastebasket you’ve brought into the closet.
  • If your vacuum is carpeted, sprinkle it with baking soda; leave for 1/2 hour.
  • Regardless of whether or not your closet is carpeted, turn on that vacuum and go to town.
  • If the closet is mop-able, you know what to do.
  • Grab any extra hangers and/or plastic dry cleaning bags and put them in the shopping bag to recycle next time you go to the dry cleaner’s.
  • If the mood strikes you, pull out your giveaway container and sort through your clothing – do that whole KEEP/TOSS/GIVEAWAY/REPAIR sorting thing. If you’re exhausted from all of that cleaning, forget it, you can sort another day –put everything back in and call it a day!

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Speaking of that sorting day, keep your notebook open with your pen out so that you can sketch out ideas for how to improve your freshly cleaned closet and keep a running list of things you may need to make it happen (new hooks, shoe racks, baskets, scented drawer liners, new lighting, etc.) While you’re out shopping for that stuff, pick up some cedar blocks to keep things fresh.

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About Becky

Hi, I'm Becky. I live in Atlanta. Besides acting as the "Editorial Director" here on Hatch, you can find me spewing lots of design opinions and tips over at Houzz. Make me happy -- leave a comment!

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  1. Ari Z says:

    January 24th, 2012 at 12:39 pm (#)

    Organizing a closet is one thing, but cleaning it from top to bottom really gives you the chance to start over. Get rid of dust and cobwebs and whatever else is in there!

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