Need to Get Closets Organized? Follow These Tips

Do you risk life and limb every time you go into one of your closets? If so, a closet organizer may be just the thing you were looking for. If you are contemplating getting your closets organized or a special loved one has been strongly hinting that you get your closets under control, here are some tips before you get started.

Choosing a closet organization system can be tricky. There is more to it than a quick trip to your local home improvement store and buying a closet organization system. Closet organization takes a little more thought and planning. Let's start with the basics.

Tip #1 -- Declutter

Yes, I know. You don't want to hear that, but decluttering is the only way you can get a true estimate of how your closet needs to be organized and what type of system you need to buy.

By decluttering, you may discover you don't need as much storage as you thought you did which can save you big bucks in the long run. A simple method of decluttering is to make three piles: one for trash, one for give-away, one to keep. Sort a little each day and promptly throw away the trash pile and take the give-away pile to a thrift store immediately.

Tip #2 -- Decide on budget

Decide on how much you can afford to spend on your newly organized closet before you ever start shopping. Stores and websites can dazzle you with beautiful designs and get you to make impulse buys. Avoid this by setting a budget that you can comfortably afford the stick to it.

Tip #3 -- Research online

Before you buy your closet organizer, do some research.

Decide on the type of materials you would like -- Wire organizers give good airflow but leave wire marks on sweaters. Particleboard doesn't hold up to a lot of wear and tear but wood is more expensive. Choose the one that is best for you.

Check prices --Prices of organizers can vary even from store to store. Shop around to get the best price on the brand you want.

Decide on layout -- Look online for sites that allow you to design your own closet system. These not only let you know exactly what you need to plan for but they're fun too!

Tip #4 -- How handy are you?

Be honest. If the sight of a screwdriver gives you the chills, you are much better off spending the extra money and paying a contractor to install the closet organizing system for you.

If you are handy and love a challenge, go for the DIY closet organizers and save yourself a bundle of money. Again, research the organizer before you buy. Some systems offer many benefits with their systems that make installation as easy as possible.

Tip #5 -- Check references and credentials

Surf the internet and check the ratings and customer comments about the system you are thinking about buying. Too many bad ratings and customer complaints are a sure sign you don't want to go that route.

If you choose to have your closet system installed by a professional, check his references too. Get someone who has experience with installing closet organizers.

What are you waiting for? Get busy with your decluttering, take breaks to research your dream closet and before you know it, you'll have that closet organizer installed and your closet looking great.

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