There are many different kinds of closet organizing systems. The challenge is finding or making one that fits your budget, needs, and personal style. Here are some suggested steps to help make the process easier.

Step One in Closet Organization: Budget

Decide on a budget. This is included as the first step because what your budget is will affect all other areas of your decision making process. You need to know how much you can or are willing to spend on organizing your closet before you go looking at closet organizing systems. It can be very tempting to justify the cost to yourself of buying a top of the line closet organizing system and then have buyer's remorse after you look at your credit card statement and realize that you really couldn't afford it. Decide on a budget and stick to it.

Step Two in Closet Organization: Make or Buy

Decide if you will be making it yourself, buying a pre-made closet organizing system and installing it yourself, or buying a professionally installed system. If you're not sure which way you want to go, start shopping around. The easiest way to find a closet organizing system company to professionally install your system is to go to and do a search in your area for closet organization. If you're going to be buying a pre-made system that you install yourself, shop around at local stores (The Container Store, Target, Home Depot) and/or online. If you want to make it yourself, check out the pros and the pre-made closet organizing systems in order to get some ideas about how you want to make your system.

Step Three in Closet Organization: Features

Figure out which components you want in your closet organizing system. You're going to want to sit down and really think about how you use your closet. How can you organize your closet so that it makes the most sense with your lifestyle? How can you organize your closet in order to make your life easier? Which features do you really want? Where will those features go in your closet?

Step Four in Closet Organization: Measurements

Take measurements. So why didn't I tell you to measure before you started shopping around? To help prevent impulse buying. Shopping around is just to give you an idea of what is available to you and to help you decide which direction you want to go with your closet organizing system. Now that you know what is available, take measurements of your closet. Buying a closet organizing system that is either too big or too small for your space will leave you frustrated and probably angry with the company that sold it to you. Get measurements of everything that you want to come with your new closet organizing system and make sure to measure where each piece will go.

Step Five in Closet Organization: Visual Aids

Get a visual aid. If possible, you'll want to get a virtual "tour" of what your closet will look like with the closet organizing system that you want to buy. A virtual "tour" of your new closet organizing system can go a long way in helping you really visualize how the system will look in your space. Draw out your space and what your new closet organizing system will look like in that space. Empty out the closet and use things around your home to help you get a clear visual. For example, if your ironing board is about as big as a cabinet piece that you want, put your ironing board in your closet where you want the cabinet to go. If you have a shelving unit that you want to install in a specific area, put masking tape on the wall to represent where you want your shelving system to go. Masking tape can take paint with it so be sure not to press the tape on the wall too hard or leave it on for very long.

Step Six in Closet Organization: Time to Buy or Make It

Buying or making your closet organizing system. You should now be ready to buy or make your closet organizing system. If you are buying a system, make sure that you know what the warranty is on the system and the return policy. If you are having a closet organizing system professionally installed, make sure you know the length of the warranty on the labor.

After you get your new closet organizing system installed, make sure that you go through everything before you put it back into your new closet. You don't want to be filling up your new closet with clutter so make sure that everything you are putting back are things you actually use on a regular basis. A good rule of thumb to follow is that if you haven't used it within the past year, you're probably not going to use it again so toss it or give it away.


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