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Bedroom Clutter Clearing: Live Within Your Closet

I was raised with parents who were not accumulators of material things.  I Home office closet_Anever saw clothes hanging from brackets attached to the outside of closets or scads of toiletries strewn across a bathroom counter.  So, in my early days of working as a professional organizer I was really unprepared for the quantities of clothes and other belongings that spilled from closets, drawers and cabinets.

Feng shui teaches that everything has energy and the energy talks to you. 

Well, when things that really belong in the privacy of a closet are hanging outside the closet, they talk to you!  In fact, if there are very many of them on the loose, they scream at you.  A peaceful bedroom can be quickly transformed to a noisy crowd when clothes no longer fit in closets and drawers.  That noise will interfere with getting good sleep which will affect your productivity, and over time, your health.

What do I mean by talk to you?  Things get their energy from their color, the memories associated with them, their materials, textures and design.  When something is out in the open all those components of it are visible and chatting away. 

What to do?  Make a commitment to live within your closets, drawers and cabinets.

Don’t accumulate more than you can comfortably house in the storage containers available to you. You can do that by regularly clearing out items you no longer love or use.

“But my closets are so small,” you say.  Get a wardrobe!  Move to a house with bigger closets!  What is more important — all those clothes, toiletries, gadgets, etc. or a peaceful home where it is really possible to get quality sleep?

Feng Shui Closet Clutter Clearing

Do you love them or use them?

Do you love them or use them?

Picture this. . .you desperately need to find one item in a closet jam packed with coats, games, gloves, hats, a vacuum cleaner, and yard flags. Would you be inclined to shut the door and forget the urgency of your quest? If you answered “yes,” you are not alone! Closets become physical nightmares when they’re arranged with the “just throw it in the closet” technique. Is it any wonder that many closets are a variant of the one described above?

What many people don’t know is that a packed closet adds stress to their life. Feng shui teaches that everything in a space is alive with energy, positive or negative. Everything! Individual items in a closet may have good energy because of their quality, their usefulness, or their associations, but when many items are packed in so tight that it’s hard to access any one particular item, the closet as a whole takes on a stressful negative energy. It’s hard to get anything in or out of the closet without creating a mess. Just opening the door is stressful!

What’s the best way to organize a closet? First, decide the categories of items that belong in the closet. For example, a closet near the front door usually holds coats and other clothing to protect against the whether. It may hold decorative items for the front door, like flags. It could also house the vacuum cleaner. Three categories: outdoor clothing, outdoor decorative items and the vacuum cleaner.

Second, pull things out of the closet that don’t fit the categories you’ve identified. Put them to the side to be addressed when the closet is done. Notice that it’s not recommended that you immediately put those things somewhere else. If you leave you run the risk of getting sidetracked and not returning to finish organizing the closet. Also, it is not necessary to completely empty a closet in order to organize it. You will save significant time if you take items out one at a time, starting with the biggest items.

Next, evaluate the items that do fit the identified categories to see if they are all of high value, worthy of taking up space in the limited confines of the closet. Ask yourself, “Do I love it? Do I use it?” Items that you love for their usefulness, their aesthetics, or their association, are keepers. So are items you use at least once a year. When you love an item or use it once a year, there’s a good chance that it has positive energy. Items that aren’t either loved or used are good candidates for pitching. They are taking up prime real estate and are likely to have a stressful negative energy.

And finally, devise ways to keep the different categories of items separate and clearly visible. This usually involves using containers or building in shelves and compartments with a company like California Closets. In the closet described above, adding separate bins for hats, gloves, scarves and flags is helpful. The idea is to keep items in one category together yet separated from other categories of items. You create closet chaos when different types of items are thrown together with no clumping into categories and no visible boundaries between categories.

Clearing closet clutter is a four step process:

  1. Decide the categories.
  2. Remove items that don’t fit the categories.
  3. Evaluate and keep only the best items that do fit the categories.
  4. Use containers to keep categories separate.

Is Your Closet Functional or Dysfunctional?

Closets! I’ll bet you’re all VERY excited about clearing out and reorganizing your closets.! Not! 

Why not? Could it be that most closets are behind closed doors and therefore prime dump spots for people looking for a quick fix to visible clutter? Or, perhaps you never clearly identified the function of a closet, so all kinds of undifferentiated things landed there? But, I’ll bet we could all agree that we dread dealing with closets because we never seem to have enough of them, and most of the ones we do have contain a jumbled collection of things  that just make us groan when we open the door!

Whatever the reason, closets are essential storage areas that regularly need attention and clearing if they are to be fully functional. Let’s compare a functional closet with a dysfunctional closet.

Functional closets

  • have a primary identifiable function, like holding coats, clothing or linens,100_0599
  • have secondary identifiable functions arranged by category, like gift and gift wrap repository, storage for off season decorations, framed photos,
  • are orderly, organized spaces with containers that conveniently hold identifiable categories of items for easy access,
  • are arranged so it’s easy to get items or containers in and out, and
  • have a majority of the most important items visible with no surprises lurking in the corners.

Dysfunctional closets, by comparison,

  • have no identifiable function, instead they house a collection of miscellaneous items,
  • contain many items that belong in other parts of the house,
  • are packed full of things, making it a logistical endeavor to get anything in and out,
  • are full of items that have completely gone out of conscious awareness,
  • are disorganized, messy spaces,
  • have few containers separating categories of items or have containers that are not well suited for the items contained in the closet, and
  • have items that fall out when the door is open. 

Now, it’s completely possible that some of your closets are quite functional while others are not. Some closets are more difficult to set up in an organized fashion and even more difficult to keep organized.

Why does it matter that closets be functional and clear of clutter? Cluttered, disorganized closets are pockets of negative energy. Think of the last time you went looking for something in a packed closet and came away feeling frustrated and annoyed because of the mess it had become. Not only does the disorder have a negative energy,  but it talks to you and says things like, “What’s wrong with you (or your son, daughter, husband) that you can’t keep this space organized, that you haven’t fixed this annoying space. . . “ That’s negative energy. Negative energy affects your energy and ultimately your health, wealth, relationships and more. And, it also blocks new, good things coming to you.

Tackle one closet at a time with goal of transforming your dysfunctional closets into  functional closets. It can be done!