While many of us dream of large, open closets with a dressing area complete with full length mirrors and tons of cabinets, drawers and storage space, the reality is, we really don’t need it. Walk-in closets, and even reach-in closets have the capability to neatly store all the clothing we need on a regular basis.
The key to having an organized, efficient closet is to stay on top of what items are kept in your closet and controlling what items go in it. How much of your clothing do you regularly wear? Are there any seasonal items that can be moved elsewhere?
The majority of closets today have at least one closet rod and one shelf that extends the length of the closet. If you don’t have a shelf in your closet, consider getting one installed. A single long shelf will add an incredible amount of additional storage space!
Of course you’ve heard this a dozen times before, but if you haven’t yet, or if it’s been awhile since you last did it, go through your clothes discarding everything you don’t wear, don’t like, or hesitate to put on. Let’s just face the fact that some items look better on the rack at the store than they do on us. If you don’t wear it (or if you don’t feel good wearing it), get rid of it.
Use these other ideas to get your closet in shape:
Hang hooks on the walls behind your clothing to store small handbags. Large handbags should be stored on shelves to prevent sagging or drooping. Stuff them with tissue or bubble wrap to help them retain their shape.
If you have high ceilings, a second shelf above the first is a great option for storing seldom used items or seasonal clothing (scarves, gloves, etc.). If you would rather not install a permanant 2nd shelf, consider getting some removable ones instead. Additional shelving can also be achieved with a hanging shelf unit usually used for sweaters and other knit items. The cubbies in the unit can be used to store larger handbags as well as jeans and other folded garments, too.
If you have deep shelves, sliding drawers may be a better option for you. Drawers will bring your stored items up front to you. They can be used to store socks, underwear and accessories.
You can easily double your hanging space in an area by installing a second closet rod below the first. Each level can can store shirts and pants.
Pull shoes out of cardboard boxes and store them in clear shoeboxes. The uniform size of the boxes stack neatly and you can see at a glance what you have available. Sort by color or by type (sandals, heels, flats, etc).
If clear shoe boxes are not an option right now, consider taking snapshots of of your shoes and taping them to the fronts of the shoeboxes so you can easiy identify what is inside.
High humidity in a closet can ruin your clothes. If you have a humidity problem, especially if your closet is close to, or part of your bathroom, keep the humidity down with a small dehumidifier.