It happens to the best of us. With all of the roles that we’re juggling, life simply gets busy. As a result, the closet becomes one of the first areas to show signs of disorganization. Before long, you realize that you don’t have a handle on what your choices are and you can’t find what you need. Trying to get dressed with a disorganized closet is not easy, and you know you need to get the situation under control before you start living out of the clean clothes hamper!

Organizing your clothes doesn’t have to be as challenging as it sounds. In fact, with the right system in place, you can practically automate much of the work that’s involved with maintaining a clean and organized closet—the benefits of which can spill over into other areas of your life as well. When you know what you have and exactly where everything is, it can set the stage for the rest of your plans for the day, allowing you to get off to a great start.

If you’re looking to bring some organization back to your closet, then here are a few tips that will help!

1. Get Into the Right Mindset

Before you can successfully clean and purge your closet, it’s important to get into the right mindset. Cleaning and organizing may require you to do away with a number of items, and sometimes it can be a challenge to part with things. The Living Well Mom advises keeping three words in mind during the cleaning process: “Keep, Sell, Donate.” This will help to simplify your decision making process—and you should have a less cluttered space as a result!

2. Empty Everything Out

The old phrase, “It’s going to get a lot worse before it gets better” certainly applies when organizing! The most thorough strategy is to empty out your closet or wardrobe completely. Starting fresh with a clean slate will show you exactly what you’re working with. Once you have everything emptied, you may even be surprised at the ‘treasures’ you find hiding and the things you’ve forgotten that you had.

3. Sort Through Everything

Once everything is out in the open, it’s time to get down to business. Keeping your three words in mind (Keep, Sell, Donate) you should be able to whittle your clothes collection down relatively quickly. If you are having a hard time trying to decide if you should keep or donate something, ask yourself, “If I were to see this in a shop today, would I buy it?” If the answer is no, it may be time to part ways with it. If you’re a bit short on space, you may want to separate your clothes into seasonal styles, putting off-season clothes, like warm sweaters, into containers and only displaying your current wardrobe.

4. Invest in Organizers

The right tools can make all the difference. For your closet, having shelves, boxes, hooks, and racks will help you to see what you have and will make it easier for you to stay organized as well. Look for matching baskets or smaller containers for things that can’t be hung, and invest in some hooks or a rack to hang on the inside of the closet door to store bags, belts, or scarves on. Get on top of your shoe situation by getting a shoe rack for the floor or investing in a hanging shoe organizer. Stow shoes you don’t wear in boxes on a high shelf, in the back of the closet, or even under the bed. Check out some of these helpful organizers to keep your clothes and accessories neat and tidy.

5. Maintain It

It’s important to maintain your newly organized space! This should be easy—as long as you keep up with it, that is! Get into the habit of hanging things up instead of tossing them in a heap. Remember, it only takes an extra three seconds! Doing a quick mini-clean of your closet a few times a year to ensure that there are no unneeded items taking up space should be enough to keep you well-organized and efficient. If you find yourself having to dig through piles of clothes every day, then it’s time to do a deep clean once again.

Finally, don’t forget to actually donate or toss those unwanted clothes. Don’t leave them sitting around in bags! Many places recycle clothes today, so take those unwanted items to your nearest drop center. Mark these to-dos in your Day Designer and then start enjoying the simplicity that comes from having a neat and organized closet space!

How about you? How do you keep your clothes organized? We’d love to hear your tips!