How well organized is your closet? Making an organized closet takes different areas all working together to allow you to have access to all your clothes and shoes easily. If one of these areas are not included, you will be short of space for your items and need to find alternative storage places, like a chest of drawers, to hold the rest. To help you make this closet work better for you, I created four areas of an organized closet guidelines below to help you figure out what areas you are missing in your closet.
Step by Step Tips To Organize A Closet
What should be stored on shelves?
There are several items you can store in the shelving area. Here are some items that everyone has.
Shoes - you can lay the pair of shoes with the toe facing you or with the heels facing you. If you need to save space to fit more shoes on one shelf, you can turn one shoe's heel outward facing and one shoe's front of the shoe facing out. This nests the pair of shoe closer together and you will save about 2 inches per pair of shoes.
Boots - have boots in boot boxes stacked on top of each other or use the boot holders. Here's an interesting product to hold up the boots. (affiliate from Amazon)
Sweaters and knit items - Make sure the stacked items don't get too high. Three(3) or four(4) sweaters high work nicely.
T-shirts - Check out this video to help you fold shirts. Here's a video from eHow about How to Organize Your Clothes on Shelves: Storage & Home Organizing. Feel free to click through and check it out.
Memorabilia - Use boxes to hold memorabilia so it doesn't get too cluttered and dusty.
Bags - you can add all the bags to the largest back by nesting them from largest to smallest.
Hats - Stack the hats from smallest to largest in a hat box. This will protect them from getting smashed.
Jewelry - A place to put your everyday jewelry or a mirror for you to put on makeup. Feel free to click through and buy through Amazon. (affiliate)
Use lower front basket that will hold summer workout clothes and place them on the shelf. They don't need to be perfectly pressed so placing them on a shelf in a basket works fine. I like standing them upright on their side so I can easily access the stuff inside. If you wish to purchase this, you can do so by clicking below and purchasing from Amazon. (affiliate)
If there are other items you want to store on the shelves, it's helpful to store them in containers with lids. It reduces dust and clutter.
What to hang on hangers?
People ask me this all the time. There are lots of things you can hang. Here are just some of them.
Dress pants - you can store them over the pants hanger or store them upside down on a pants hanger. If you wear them often or don't have a lot of tall space to hang, you can hang them on the bottom part of a regular sturdy hanger. If you do not wear them often, you can use a pants hanger like the one below. This will reduce the fold lines on the pants. To do this, clip the pants from the bottom and let them hang down.
Jeans - I like to hang my jeans. It's not necessary, though. You can put them in a drawer or a shelf. Whichever you decide to do, stay consistent. For example, if you use hangers, place all of them on hangers. Having two areas for jeans will be hard to manage.
Suits - I like these suit hangers. It keeps the jacket and pants together. If you do not wear suits often, consider buying some plastic shoulder covers. They will protect the shoulder of the jackets from getting dusty.
Outwear jackets and trench coats - I like to keep these items near the door if possible. But, if I need to keep them in the closet, I like to use hangers. They are more sturdy than plastic or thinner hangers.
Use a hook for your daily outfit prep area - this can be a sturdy hook mounted to the wall that can hold some weight. Place the pieces you plan on wearing tomorrow on the hook. I like to use a hanger and place the necklace or scarf around the hanger. Then, I have it all together and no thinking is necessary.
Here's one more tip for the hanging area. When setting up your hanging area, measure your longest item and move the rod up so that the item doesn't drag on the floor or over another hanging rod.
What to place in drawers?
Not everyone has drawers in their closet but this needs to be said. If you do not have built-ins in your closet, you may want to add a chest of drawers to help organize undergarments and other smaller items. Here are some types of items that can be stored in the drawers.
Socks - you can either fold socks or wrap socks. Either way, having a space in the drawer designated to socks is helpful when you need to grab a matching pair in the morning.
Undergarments - This would include bras, underwear, and other items for under your clothes. If you have a lot of a particular item. Try to weed it down. Only keep what actually fits you well. Image below is an affiliate link from Amazon.com.
Jewelry - Drawer organizers for jewelry is great if you have extra drawer space. To protect your fine jewelry, you can install a locked drawer.
Other small items like sunglasses and perfume - use a bin to store small items. Shallow bins work better because you can see everything.
What to place on hooks?
Hooks can be used throughout the closet for smaller items that need a home. Here are a few I like to hang on hooks.
Belts - you can find many decorative hooks that you can attach to the door or on walls to store belts.
Custom Necklaces/Scarves - I like to use a jewelry organizer and hang on an unused wall. Here are some I found on Amazon. (affiliate)
Well, that was a lot of information, right? To help you grasp all this information above, I included a free image below. Feel free to print it out.
After you have organized each area, labeling is key for keeping it organized. I know you are all brilliant and can remember everything but this is one area you really don't need to remember. Labeling will get rid of any doubt on where things go. It will also help other people who may use the closet to know where the items go.
If you are organizing the closet for someone else, be sure to run through where everything is stored with that person. And, mention to them that the labels are there if they forget where something goes.
I hope this gives you many tips and inspiration to organize your closet. Now, it's your turn. Did I miss anything that you may have in your closet? Do you have any tips you want to share? Please leave a comment.
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