“I’m in a relationship with my closet, and it’s complicated.”
It’s a common story- you move into a new home, your things get put away in a manner that is at once refreshing and organized and life is good. But one year later, the honeymoon is over and your closet is bringing you nothing but grief. Relax… there is a solution. Whether it’s the master bedroom closet or your childrens’ closets, it just takes a little effort and you will be back on track.
Tip 1: Pare Down
Distinguish between clothing and shoes that you or your kids wear and items that you need to get rid of. You can do this by the golden rule of closet organizing: If it hasn’t been worn in a year, toss it. If the item is in good condition and/or if you paid a lot for it, think about selling it at a local consignment store or online at a site such as eBay.
Tip 2: Eyes have it
Keep items you use frequently at eye level or below and items you rarely use higher up. Labeled boxes are good for storing things like bathing suits or turtlenecks because you can rotate them higher or lower in your closet depending on the season.
Move any snow boots, rain boots, or other “outdoor” gear to your front hall closet or mudroom; restrict what goes in your clothes closet to dress shoes only.
Tip 3: If the shoe fits
We think that shoes should be kept out in the open where they can be easily seen. If you are keeping your shoe boxes, label what is inside or invest in clear shoe boxes with drawer-front pulls; they allow you to see what’s inside so you can easily access your shoes.
Tip 4: Drape them, tie them
When it comes to scarf storage solutions, the most popular method by far is the hanging display. Most scarves are like a piece of art, so why not have them out in the open where you can see them? Many of these displays involve rods, like this built-in solution from LA Closet Design:
Tip 5: “No wire hangers!”
Invest in the right kind of hanger for the type of clothing you are hanging. Use padded hangers for items made from delicate fabrics, plastic hangers for button-down shirts, and sturdy wood hangers for suit jackets as they help retain the shape of the items.
Remove all wire hangers (they don’t properly support your clothes) and plastic dry-cleaner bags (they don’t allow fabrics to breathe, keeping the chemicals used in dry cleaning in your clothes).
“I like my money right where I can see it… hanging in my closet.” ~Carrie Bradshaw
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