How to Organize Your Closet 101

 

Getting your closet organizes can be a daunting task at first as it is often one of the messiest places in a house. However, by following a few simple steps it can be done with just a little bit of work.

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1. First and most important step to having a clean and organized closet is being able to purge. Having a closet where every corner is packed with stuff is very hard to organize, and makes it difficult to find what you are looking for, plus getting rid of clothes mean there is more room for new clothes! To make this easy I advise using the “one year rule” if you haven’t worn it in a year, it is time to let it go.

2. Buy bins or drawers (I like these) that will fit in your closet and use them to hold accessories or clothes you don’t want to hang up like t-shirts and underwear.

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3. For clothes that are hung up, group them by garment type (i.e. pants together, dresses together, shirts together), then within those categories sort by color going from darkest to lightest

4. If you have the space to do so, installing a second lower rod to hang clothes on is a great way to maximize the often unused space at the bottom of your closet. This way you can hang shirts on the top bar and pants and skirts on the bottom bar.

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5. A shoe rack is a great way to organize your shoes and be able to see what you have as options. I particularly like this one  because it holds a good amount of shoes without being too cumbersome. However if you don’t have space for a shoe rack an over the door shoe rack works well too to keep your shoes organized and out of the way.

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6. This may seem obvious, but a quality hamper is something that many adult closets are lacking. Giving your dirty clothes a place to be keeps them from ending up on the floor. If you want to take it to the next level, keep a few hampers in your closet to sort laundry as you go.

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7. Invest in quality hangers and have enough of them. Having to load you hangers with multiple items or having hangers that constantly have items sliding off of them leads to a sloppy closet. Instead pick out a type of hanger that is sturdy and works for multiple garments. I always use these, since they are covered in velvet clothes never slide off of them and they are thick so they take up less space than a wood or plastic hanger.

These seven tips are a good jumping off point to implement basic closet organization. There are so many ways to make your closet clutter-free and organization friendly I could write pages and pages, but this is a good place to get started.

Is your closet an organizational masterpiece or your secret messy place? What is your favorite closet organization tip?

Photos courtesy of: Emily May, Erica Joy , Travis Crawford, Travis Wise, Wicker Paradise

 

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