(Family Features)—How many times have you put off organizing your closets? The issue doesn’t lie with your habits—often, it’s a lack of storage solutions that makes organizing intimidating, says professional organizer Barbara Reich. To quit procrastinating once and for all, it’s best to install functional storage systems—set-it-and-forget-it tools that help you keep your closets in order without constant upkeep, says Reich.
Start by determining your overall goal. Are you simply organizing what you have, or do you need to purge unused items? Don’t be afraid to get rid of things you don't need or won't wear, Reich says. Remember that items in good condition can be donated to those in need.
Once you've determined just how much you'll have to organize, consider what systems will best fit your space and needs. Reich recommends do-it-yourself closet organizers, which are affordable, easy to install and adjustable. Accessories such as drawers, fabric bins and shoe shelves can also help personalize the space.
After your new system has been put in place, hang as much as possible—this makes it easier to see what you have, says Reich. Group and place like garments together, and position clothing you wear most often in a place that is most accessible.
Remember to stay consistent, Reich adds. Have a plan in mind when you purchase new items. A good rule of thumb is the 1:1 ratio: for every one item you purchase, remove one item from your closet.
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