Organization systems provide a lot of extra space, and it's easy to let it get out of control

Closet organization systems can help you make sense of all the items in your closet. But, if you’re not careful, your closet shelves can end up cluttered. Organization systems provide a lot of extra space, and it’s easy to let it get out of control. If you are in the market for a new organization system, this is for you too – you don’t want to be decluttering in a few years as well.

Sort out all of your clothes. Ditch the ones you don’t wear. You are most likely never going to wear them again. Don’t be ashamed – everyone has them.

Get some baskets for small items. If your closet is large, you might have small items – pocket change, etc. – that ends up lying on the shelf. A small basket will come in handy for those small items. Make sure to sort it out every so often. And, use a small jar or bank for all of your pocket change. Emptying the basket sometimes is a necessity, but it is a step up from having all those items all over the shelves.

Don’t leave dirty clothes on the floor. This one is a no-brainer. Picking up dirty clothes is a simple way to make a quick impact on the clutter. Even a clean closet will seem cluttered with this problem.

Put hangers backward in the closet. Note the date and give yourself one year. After that year, go back in and look for any remaining backwards hangers. These are the items you haven’t worn for one whole year. Even after all the changes in seasons, they never left the closet. It’s been a year – toss them.

Get rid of all garbage. All those receipts that you never look at. Garbage.

Start a closet organization project by removing everything from the closet. Get the shelves dusted and cleaned, and then vacuum the floor. After that, you can put things back.   But do it in a very deliberate fashion – neatly and organized. Get rid of the things that don’t belong there. Some of those extra items can be given to those less fortunate.

If the clutter isn’t severe, a closet decluttering project shouldn’t take much more than an hour – but, will give you great satisfaction upon completion, and you will be surprised at how well you can organize closet space.