Get Your Closet Organized

Your closet is probably the last space you want anyone to see, but with a little work and some time, closet organization can be simple and can make getting dressed each morning a lot easier.

Here are some tips to keep from having things fall out of your closet each time you open the door:

Clean out

The best place to start is by purging your closet of everything you no longer need. My rule of thumb is if you haven't worn it in a year, then you don't need it. Sure, we all have a soft spot for that pair of jeans that we fit into years ago, but are you really going to wear them again? And when you do drop the weight to fit into them again, wouldn't it be more of a treat to go buy a new, slimmer pair of jeans? So why not give as much as you can to charity.
Use Every Inch

Once the closet is cleared out, measure it and either go buy a closet organizer or shop for boxes, bins and other space-savers that will fit your closet. Use every square inch of your closet by hanging shoe racks on the back of the closet door, or use belt hangers to hang scarves and other items.

Eye level

Like a good grocery store, keep items you use regularly at eye level or below, and items you rarely use higher up. Label boxes for things such as bathing suits or sweaters so you can rotate them higher or lower, depending on the season. Move all outdoor gear such as rain boots, to your front hall closet.

Hang it up

Buy the right kind of hanger for your clothing. Use padded hangers for items made of delicate fabrics, plastic hangers for button-down shirts, and sturdy wood hangers for suit jackets so that the shape is retained. Get rid of wire hangers, since they don't properly support your clothes, and don't keep plastic dry-cleaner bags on clothes because they don't allow fabrics to breathe. Fold and put away sweaters, which will lose their shape on hangers.


What to do with shoes? They often get scattered everywhere. Again, if you can get rid of some of them, then do. If you keep them in shoe boxes, then label the outside of the boxes, or better yet, put them in clear shoe boxes with drawer-front pulls so you can easily see what's inside.
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