If it’s a challenge to find anything in your closet, it’s time to clean it out and give it some organizational love and attention. Doing simple things like having matching hangers and using hooks can make a big difference. These seven tips that will instantly change your closet from sloppy to streamlined.
Declutter your closet before attempting to organize it.
It’s a lot easier to organize when you have less stuff, says Donna Smallin Kuper, a small-space living expert and author of “Clear the Clutter, Find Happiness” (Storey Publishing, 2014). “A great question to ask yourself when trying to decide what to keep, donate, or sell is, ‘Would I buy this again today?’” If the answer is no, ditch it. “Take the time to try everything on and only keep the clothes that make you feel fantastic when you’re wearing them.”
Use common sense.
Keep the things you need to access most often on the shelf just above the clothes rod, Kuper says. Then store less-frequently used things on out-of-the-way shelves.
Use one type of hanger.
“Since wood takes up too much room and can be pricey, I prefer slim line hangers with swivel heads that take up less room and make it easy to hang everything in one direction,” Kuper says. But you may need a few different hangers to accommodate different types of clothing – a more substantial one for men’s suit coats and blazers, cascading hangers for skirts, and tiered hangers for pants.
Keep similar clothes together.
Arrange blouses with blouses, skirts with skirts, and so on. “Within each category, you can further organize by design such as sleeveless, short sleeve, long sleeve and then by color if you have a lot of clothing,” Kuper says. Another way to organize is to separate work clothing from casual clothing.
Stack a few of them on the shelf above the clothes rod, with the shoes you wear most frequently on the bottom of the stack for easy removal. Or put a shoe rack on the floor of the closet.
Use hooks for other storage.
“Hooks turn unused wall space or back of door space into storage spots,” Kuper says. “Hang things such as pajamas, robes, jackets, clothes you will wear again, a hanger with tomorrow’s outfit, and purses.” Kuper likes 3MCommand Adhesive Hooks because they come in a variety of sizes including mini hooks for hanging necklaces and bracelets. You don’t need any tools and you can remove them at any time without damaging the wall.
Make your closet “expand.”
Canvas shelves are the perfect place to store sweaters and jeans. Back-of-door organizers are a smart way to organize and store purses, Kuper says. “If you have a lot of wasted space in your closet, consider placing three tension rods from end to end to create an additional shelf for storing extra blankets or pillows or out-of-season clothing.”
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