How To Organize Your Closet - The Professional Way

List: Posted: 12/10/10

Whether you're making room for new school clothes in your child's room, or if you just want more space, these closet organization tips are designed to find quick and easy ways to help busy parents.

 

To begin with, here's an easy one for you. Find all of the things you don't use and get rid of them. You can give them to a charity, donate them to a church or have a yard sale. This can be one of the easiest closet organization tricks that can help you gain space. A good 'rule of thumb' is that if you haven't worn it in a year, get rid of it.

 

The obvious exception to this rule is if you own expensive dresses or suits for special occasions such as weddings, which may not come up very often. In this case, look at what you've got and discard any items that are tatty, that have holes in them and require mending (you know you'll never get around to mending that torn hem or that stick zip). Also, if you have twenty similar black dresses, do yourself (and your closet) a favor and get rid of ten. The same applies to suits. If you need help deciding, get rid of the ones that are outdated, faded or out of fashion.

 

Go through what's left and store what you don't need right now into bins. Closet organization starts with space, so separate your winter and summer clothing and store the clothes you aren't using in the attic or basement. This simple organization idea can sometimes double your closet space. If you find yourself constantly hunting through stacks of fluffy sweaters to find your flip-flops and bikini, you know it's tine for you to put your seasonal clothes away!

 

If you have a large, messy closet, get creative with your closet organization by looking for storage alternatives like hooks and shelving. This can be a great closet organization idea because it gives things a proper place while leaving them readily available to you if you need them. Consider getting a chest or a storage trunk for extra closet organization. If you have shoes all over the floor or piled onto shelves, go to your local drugstore and pick up a hanging shoe rack. This is a set of cloth or canvas boxes stacked one atop the other which folds flat when not in use. Ikea usually has them in stock if you live near one. Stick one pair of shoes in each cloth box, hang it from a clothes rail, and voilà! No more shoes all over the floor, and you'll be able to find pairs instantly.


If you have a tiny closet, chances are that even though closet organization may help, you still may be too short on space. In this case, look for under the bed storage bins for shoes and other things you don't want to use every single day. Under the bed storage bins can optimize your closet organization, while keeping things close by for easy access. Under bed storage bins are a great choice for sweaters and accessories such as belts, bags and hats.

  

It's an afternoon's work to organize your closet, but you'll find you enjoy the results every day. So start today!

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