It only took about 20 minuets. I took everything out, vacuumed the floor, and emptied the crate and boxes. Then I threw out old and never used shoes from the shoe box, and put all hats, mittens, and purses in the crate. I folded the table linen (I keep these in here in a covered box) and threw away a few discolored place mats. I hung all my scarves on one hook, and put back the jackets and boxes. Its not any roomier (it is a tiny cupboard after all:) but it does look neater, and it is more organized. Its almost time to put the winter boots back in the shoebox, and now there is room!