Keeping Your Closet Organized

Unless you’re superhuman, you’ve probably experienced a messy closet at some point in your life. Items in disarray, laying in piles on the floor, or (horror!) completely unlocated. An organized closet is not only a time-saver but it can actually help lengthen the lifespan of your items. Clothes that are cared for and carefully tucked away tend to last anywhere from 18 months – 10 years longer than those haphazardly shoved into an unknown spot in the hall closet. From stackable boxes to drawer dividers, here are tips to keep your closet tidy without wasting your time.

The basics:

It’s important that you can see some wall space behind your closet. Keeping it open and airy will help deter bad odors and pesky moths.
Plan out the most ample and feasible use of space in your closet. If your closet rod hangs higher than normal, opt for using low shelving. If you don’t have a closet rod, check out easy-to-install closet rod inserts.
Add your own flair to your closet, perk it up with some colorful wallpaper or a beautiful chair that makes changing quickly a breeze.
Organize by garment, the organize by color – if you want to dig a little deeper, you can further organize by season so that out-of-season items get put away in boxes so your current season items are at-hand.

Hanging items:

For visual order and space-saving, use uniform hangers. Options like huggable hangers or stackable hangers help utilize your closet space to its fullest potential.
Always zip up pants and keep your shirts/blouses/sweaters buttoned to keep them from slipping and twisting in your closet.
Do not overstuff. If you find yourself with too many items, consider purchasing under-the-bed container boxes or an additional clothing rack for extra storage.
Never leave your dry cleaning bags on your clothing. This will promote erosion from trace chemicals and keep your clothes from receiving proper ventilation (or else they will stink!)

Stacking/Folded Items

Organize your stacks by garment type (sweaters, turtlenecks, short sleeve, etc.) so you don’t have to unfold each piece to discover what is what.
Stacks should be no higher than 8.5-9 inches. This will keep items from looking flattened or wrinkled.
Stack from heaviest at the bottom to lightest at the top.
Put labels in front of each stack so as new pieces are added, you can easily tell to which stack they should be sorted (this works especially well for jeans and t-shirt stacks).

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