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Easy Closet Tips From Start to Finish

Created on Nov 14, 2012
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People use their closets twice a day everyday so why not keep it organized! Use these tried and true organizational tips and yours will be in tip top organizing shape in no time!   

  • Start with a clean slate and take everything out of your closet, yes everything! Use a portable garment rack to hang clothes as you take them out so you see what you have as you're organizing.
  • Divide and conquer!  Use large bins as separators to sort clothes, shoes, and accessories. Designate the bins as "keep," "donate," and "toss."  (See tips for sorting below).
  • Categorize clothes by office, party and casual wear; then further divide into seasons. Store out of season clothes in under the bed containers or in airtight containers to keep them safe until next year. 
  • For seasonal clothes, use garment bags to keep them protected from dust and bugs. Choose a bug preventative that is best for you and add it to the basement closet.  Keep in mind, cedar repels moths only, but there are other options to eliminate them too. 
  • Now that you've followed the above tips, it’s time to add a storage system to maximize your space. Organized Living freedomRail storage systems offer the most versatility. They’re strong, easy to install and adjust without any tools. 
  • Use every bit of space wisely. Utilize backs of doors with over the door storage solutions for storing shoes, accessories and handbags. 
  • Always use matching hangers. They'll keep garments hanging at the same height and are a great for transforming a messy closet into a tidy one.  Read this article – Choosing the Right Hanger for help.
  • Our favorite tip - hang items in your closet with the hanger facing the opposite direction all at once. As you wear them, hang them with the hanger facing the right way.  If after three months you have hangers facing the opposite way, you'll identify the clothes you don't wear and should donate.
  • If you have too many shelves but not enough hanging space then add fun accessories to your closet such as tie and belt racks or hanging sweater organizers that will attach to the clothes rod. 
  • Keep an eye on what’s inside your closet by using transparent storage boxes, garment bags or shoe boxes so you can have quick access to what you're looking for.  Solid storage boxes are fine too as long as they are labeled so you know what's inside.
  • Always keep a donate basket nearby so you're not tempted to keep items you should toss out.
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