Deal with common closet conundrums – awkward space, overflowing accessories, messiness, etc. – with the help of the steps, solutions, and tips below.
Steps to an Organized Closet
1. Start with a clean-out
Pick a day to sort through everything in your closet. Put clothes, shoes, and accessories that are no longer in style or no longer fit in a giveaway box (discard items damaged beyond repair). What remains should be the wardrobe you actually use.
2. Keep only what belongs
What's in your bedroom closet besides clothes? If possible, find homes for suitcases, vacuum cleaners, sports equipment, and so on in an attic, basement, utility room, or other spot. Store coats in a hall closet or on hooks in the mudroom or entryway.
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3. Count your clothes
Make a list of what you have, and estimate how much space each piece occupies so you'll know how to configure your closet -- how much space you'll need for long hanging (single-rod) items, short hanging (double-rod) items, and shelf items, such as shoes, accessories, and folded clothing. Slim, good-quality hangers also make a closet neat and take up less space.
To estimate how much closet space your family's clothes occupy, use these guidelines, provided by the National Closet Group.
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4. Be flexible
Keep in mind that your wardrobe will change with the seasons and over time. Don't plan for a closet that only fits the things you own now -- you'll want to have some wiggle room.
5. Make a wish list
What features would your dream closet have? Pull-out shelves? Hidden storage? Mirrored doors? Great light? These things aren't unattainable luxuries; they are practical additions, and will go a long way toward making your daily routine easier and more pleasant. You can add some of these details yourself using store-bought components; for larger projects and built-in features, you'll need to hire a professional.
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