Why not give the man in your life a valuable gift - the gift of mens closet organization. By organizing your man’s closet, you will be able to help him manage his time in the morning better and be able to help him see what he has and what he needs easily and quickly.
Many years ago, I helped my father organize his closet; these tips came from my experience of doing my first men's closet organization. I hope they help you and your man.
First and foremost, be sure you ask your man how they want to use their closet space.
- By tasks (work, casual, workout, etc...)
- By type of item (pants, shirts, sweatpants, etc...)
Men do tasks in order. First, they put on their undergarments, then maybe their shirt or pants, then their socks, etc... To figure out how he does his closet, ask him what he does first, second, third, etc....
Here is an example of the order he may use:
Undergarment >>> Socks >>> Shirt >>> Pants >>> Shoes
After you figured out how he does his morning routine, you need to determine where to start.
Where to start?
- Start from the left of the closet to right of the closet when organizing for right-handed people.
- Start from the right of the closet to the left of the closet when organizing for left-handed people.
Now you are ready to work on the different areas of the closet. Below are the main areas to take into consideration when organizing the closet:
Hanging Items in the closet
Buy the same type of hangers for the different types of garments. Make sure they are strong enough to hold the items. Some items may be heavier than others.
How to hang men's suits in the closet?
Buy hangers that are wider at the ends so the shoulders will stay on the hangers and will not leave a mark. Here are examples of the ones I am talking about on Amazon. (affiliate)
How to hang Shirts in the closet?
If you have lots of button-down shirts, have all the button-down shirts facing the same direction works best. Think of how it looks in the department store. Facing them all the same direction will allow you to store more and eliminate excessive wrinkles.
From my experience, determining how he searches for the shirts will help minimize time looking for something. Ask him which way he prefers his shirts to be facing.
If your guy buttons the top button of his dress shirts, these hangers would work fine. Click on the image to buy. (affiliate links from Amazon)
If you know your man will not button the top button, purchase velvet coated hangers to help keep them on the hangers. Below are examples of the ones I am talking about from Amazon (affiliate).
How to hang pants in the closet?
Jeans can be folded or hung depending on the space in the closet. Dress pants and slacks should always be hung.
There are two ways you can hang pants, folded on a hanger or hanging down from the leg. Here are the two types of hangers from Amazon(affiliate).
Hanging pants down from the bottom of the pant leg:
This way helps you keep the pants straight and with fewer creases. You will need a lot of space to do this so before buying make sure this will work on your man's closet. Below are examples of these types of hangers from Amazon(affiliate).
Folded pants over the hanger option:
This one can be used for people who wear their pants more often. If you store them this way for too long you may see dust forming on the folded area. There are some options if there is not enough space in the closet. You can layer them on one hanger. Be sure to place the hanger with the opening facing out so they can easily access the pants.
Now, it's time to move on to the shoes.
How to organize men's shoes?
Divide the shoes into casual and formal. This will make it easier to determine which ones need special storing.
If the dress shoes are not worn often, use a box like this one to protect them from dust. Below are some examples I found on Amazon(affiliate).
If they are OK with the shoes being left out, here are some options you can use to store the shoes from Amazon(affiliate).
Now, let's move on to the other miscellaneous items that may be in your man's closet.
How to organize Jewelry / Watches / Cufflinks / Collar Stays?
Storing Jewelry, watches, cufflinks, and collar stays in one unit on a shelf in the closet works nicely too. Here are Amazon(affiliate) examples of a men's valet box that can use stored on a shelf in the closet. They are primarily called "Dresser Valets" for men and jewelry boxes for Women. Interesting, right?
How to organize Ties and Belts?
Now we are onto the ties and belts. He may wear ties or belts. Both can be hung together. Mounting a unit to an available wall or back of a door works great. Here are some examples I found on Amazon(affiliate).
That's it. I hope this post helps you and your man get his closet organized. We have covered a lot of information here, feel free to leave a message with your questions about your closet in the comment section and I will be sure to respond.