Be honest – when you look in your closet, is it as organized as you’d like it to be? Or could it use some help? Our latest Front Porch Friday video, Closet Organization, is full of tips and tricks. We want to help you get organized. We can even design a new closet for you when we design your new bedroom!
An organized closet can lessen your stress when getting dressed and ready for your day! Recapture time as you easily find just the right outfit for that important meeting or date night. Organizing, whether it’s the kitchen cabinets or your bedroom closet is very personal, so you have to do what works for you.
What to Do:
Evaluate the Space:
- You can’t evaluate the space unless you look at it critically with everything in it. Take a photo if you need to so you can compare before and after!
- Picture your closet with four zones; overhead, eye level, mid level, and floor level. Are you getting the most out of all of these areas?
- Where do you need more space? Do you hang most of your clothing? Or is most of it folded? Do you have lots of shoes?
- Take everything out of the closet and do a second evaluation. Do you have dead space where shelves could be added? Is the closet deep enough to hang something from the back of the door? Is it large enough for a built-in or freestanding dresser?
- If you’re lucky enough to have a walk-in closet, can it be customized to give you even more space?
- Sort your clothing into keep, donate, and pitch. Be realistic and honest with yourself. Will you ever wear that dress or shirt again?
- If you can’t decide on certain clothing items and whether you need them, hang all of your clothes with the hangers facing in the “wrong” direction. Every time you wear something, hang it back with the hanger in the “right” direction. At the end of the season, see what hangers haven’t been turned. Maybe now you’ll see what you can really get rid of.
There are a huge variety of organizers available for closets. What you choose will depend on your needs.
- Hangers come in different sizes and materials. Slim, wide, wooden, non-slip and plastic hangers are all designed to help you make the most of your closet. Plastic hangers come in many colors and styles. These are perfect for t-shirts, casual shirts, and jeans. Non-slip hangers work well for silky material and are designed to keep any clothing from slipping. Wooden hangers that are curved are best for sweaters and jackets. Hangers with clips make hanging pants and skirts easy and wrinkle-free. Slim hangers allow you more space for clothes, especially if you have a smaller closet.
- Using hooks, shoe organizers, baskets, shelves, dressers, different sized plastic bins, and towel bars provide you with a plethora of options for organizing. All you need is a closet and some ingenuity to make it work for you.
You’ve got the organizers; you’ve sorted your clothing, shoes, and accessories. Now how can you best reorganize?
- Hooks are perfect for hanging bulky items like purses, handbags, bulky sweatshirts, or fleece jackets.
- Shoe organizers are not only good for shoes but also other items like sweaters or sweatshirts, keeping them from stretching out. Plus, it’s easy to see them since they are separated.
- In dresser drawers, use drawer organizers to separate belts, ties, socks, underwear, and bras.
- Roll t-shirts and stand them on end in dresser drawers, baskets, or plastic see-through bins. It takes up less space and you can easily find the one you want. Plus, they don’t wrinkle as much.
- A basket filled with socks or underwear is easy to pull out from a shelf.
- Organize by color, function, style, and use. Keep dressy clothes in one area, exercise and casual clothing front and center, and work clothes where you can easily mix and match.
- Towel bars can be hung on a wall. Tie scarves to them or hang up high-heeled shoes. They’re easy to see and doesn’t take up valuable rod or floor space.
- Raising the closet bar higher allows you to hang a second bar or add shelving or a dresser underneath it.
- Shelf dividers allow you to stack sweaters up higher since they will be held in place.
- Shelf brackets can have a whole new use! Flip over a shelf bracket and sort items by type and hang with curtain clips.
The sky’s the limit with your closets! Even a small closet can be better organized. Be creative, use the ideas we’ve suggested, and if you’re ready, contact us to help you design a home (and closets) for you!