Friday, August 15, 2014

Organizing Your Closet

The state of your closet is something hardly anybody knows about. No one probably knows how you've quite inexplicably lost your favorite socks, or how you have to unfold several jeans before you find the one you're looking for. 

If you have a lot of jeans, you may want more hangers and rack space; or if you're into belts, you may need to install belt hooks on your closet door.

You probably haven't seen a lot of closets either, or at least real closets of real people, not those carefully edited closets in showrooms or TV shows. Closet organization is a best-kept secret. No one really teaches you how to do it; you just improvise as you go along. 

Well, here's a simple guide telling you exactly how to organize your closet and make your mornings less difficult. 

Step one: reduce the size of your closet

Take out everything from your closet. Working with a clean slate will help you focus on the task at hand. Except for special occasion clothes such as costumes, gowns and suits - if you haven't worn something in over a year, then chances are you never will. It's best to get rid of these items by donating to charity, giving away to friends or selling in a garage sale. You might even be surprised to find that you have some brand new clothes you have never worn before. If you're keeping these items, be sure to put them on top of your clothing stack next time, so you can get some mileage out of these 'new' clothes. 

Step two: assess your needs and get organized

After downsizing your clothing pile, assess the types of clothing you have and compare this to the types of storage in your closet. For instance, if you have a lot of jeans, you may want more hangers and rack space; or if you're into belts, you may need to install belt hooks on your closet door. The bottom line is: your closet should match the types of clothes you have. 

Step three: arrange with a sense of order

Arrange your closet in a way that makes sense to you and makes it easier for you to find things. One common way is arranging by color, like a rainbow, from yellow to violet, and then neutrals. Another way is arranging by clothing type. All skirts go together; all tops go together and so on.  

Clothes you hardly ever use, such as gowns and costumes, can be stored in a separate space like the attic, to create more closet space. Just be sure to put them in plastic bags to keep them from gathering dust. If you have a small house or a condo, you can opt to store them inside a suitcase and store it in your closet's overhead cabinet.


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