Tips & Tricks for an Organized Closet

Sep. 2013

How to organize your closet

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Professional closet organizers and designers know that one of the secrets of a great looking closet is matching hangers.

Even all white plastic hangers make the closet look cohesive and organized. Using the proper hanger will often save space and be better for the garments. My favorite hanger is an open end slack hanger for pants folded in half. It saves space lengthwise and makes it easy to take the pants off and on the hanger.

Store like items together. Hang blouses in one section, pants and skirts in another section, and jackets in another. It's easier to "shop" your closet when the clothes are grouped together. You can also groups colors together — it looks good and makes it easier to find a certain item.

Get shoes up off the floor. A row of shelves that is wide enough for two or three pairs of shoes across is the best way to store shoes. It takes more space, but slanted shelves are great to display and really see your shoes. Keep off-season and dressy shoes in clear plastic boxes on the top shelf of the closet. Take a photo of the shoe and tape it to the box to easily identify what's in the box.

Organize your jewelry drawer. There are several styles that fit a lot of jewelry in an organized way without taking up much space—so much easier than a lot of little boxes to search through to find your jewelry. A lock can be added for peace of mind.

Utilize space with hooks. Hooks are great to take advantage of space behind a door or on a wall that can't be used for shelves or hanging. They can be used for clothing, purses, belts, necklaces and hats. They come in different sizes and finishes to match any closet.

Ask yourself, 'Does it fit? Does it flatter? Will I ever wear it again?' Let that be your mantra for deciding what to get rid of. Weed out your closet of clothes that don't belong at least twice a year. Don't let something you know you'll never wear again clog up your organized closet!