I have the tendency to organize loved one's spaces, even when they don't request my services...lol. But a close relative, had a hallway closet that could use some TLC and with their permission allowed me to give it a quick update. Since it was such a small project, I knew that I didn't need to spend a lot of money on organizing products to tidy-up the space.
My goal was to make the closet space functional and organized - that's it. Keep it simple. The issue with the closet was that there was no specific storage space for the shoes and the hats, gloves, and scarves were spilling out of the basket. The closet didn't need new hangers and I utilized what was already on hand.
Here's another organization tip: be sure to always assess the space and determine which products are needed before making any purchases. This helps you to stay within budget and buy only what it is needed. Once I assessed the space, I went to DC Goodwill and Five and Below to search for a shoe rack and storage products.
DC Goodwill had a great selection of shoe organizers, but I lucked up when I found this shoe rack for $5. Not only was the price right but it extends, providing more storage space for shoes to be stored on.
Non-extended shoe rack vs. extended
The last stop was to Five and Below, where I found these stylish, grey cloth bins which had to be snapped together. I ended up buying two - one for the closet and one for myself. I couldn't resist...lol. And yes - I found a use for the bin. Now that I had found the products, I then had to remove every item from the closet.
I quickly went through each item and found shirts inside of the closet that didn't belong and placed them in the appropriate spot. Then I spent a few minutes sorting through the pile of gloves, hats, and scarves to determine what needed to be kept and made sure that each glove had a match. Typically, I like to use matching hangers throughout a space but it's not mandatory because what's really important is the functionality of the space. So, instead I just grouped the similar hangers together and then kept the scented sachets clipped to a few hangers to maintain a refreshing aroma.
The grey bin stored the hats, scarves, and gloves. There was an abundance of gloves so the rest of the gloves were stored in the brown basket. The shoe rack required no assembly and it fit perfectly inside of the closet. Now grabbing a scarf requires no effort and no more having to open the closet door to find a pile of shoes strewn across the closet floor.
Tidying up this small, closet space is why I love to organize small spaces because of how quickly you can view the progress that was made. And it's why I always advise clients to focus on smaller tasks and spaces first because it can be a huge confidence booster to visualize a once cluttered, non-functional space now organized. It is so helpful and really necessary to have that confidence and stamina when it comes time to tackle the bigger spaces. So, with the spring season approaching, keep in mind that making small changes within your space can add to bigger results.
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