Organizing Your Closet

organizing your closetAn organized closet is a happy closet, or so they say, but organizing a closet can be a chore that is easily pushed aside because of the work involved. No matter the size of the closet, there are design solutions that help create a better space and help keep clothing, shoes and accessories organized.

Begin by clearing out your closet of everything it contains. A fresh canvas is easier to work with than a space filled with clutter or chaos, and you will be able to see the structure of your closet and determine if any additional elements are needed, such as racks, shelving or other organizational devices. Fitting your closet with items to help keep things organized doesn’t have to be expensive, and you can always consult with an interior designer to see if they have any suggestions to improve your space, as well.

Once you see your closet and improve its storage ability, it is time to sort through the items you pulled out. If you tend to keep things to wear “someday,” think of the possibility that someone else could really use the item you are storing, and consider donating it, and other items that you will likely never use. If your clothes are worn out or stained, sending them to the trash or repurposing them around the house or for craft projects is a great way to make more room in your closet. The items you wear daily should definitely stay in your closet, while seasonal clothing such as coats and sweaters can be stored elsewhere until needed.

Once you have finished with the sorting and donating the clothing, take a look at your closet and see where you can best store shoes, purses, belts, hats, ties or other accessories. Inexpensive hooks or racks may be mounted on the walls for smaller items, or for jackets or items you need to quickly grab.

Closets may come in all shapes and sizes, but regardless of the space involved, there are solutions to help increase the storage available and give your closet a more functional use. Always remember that the more organized your closet is, the more space you have to store new clothes and accessories.

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