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Closet Organization Options

  • Overview

    Organizing a closet is a personal decision based on lifestyle, space, budget and personality. A closet organization system that works for one person may not work for someone else. The one basic rule for anyone organizing a closet is to get rid of things you don't use first. Then, move forward with the project.
  • Preparation

    Begin by emptying your closet and going through all your belongings. Select the items that you love and wear often and set these aside. Then begin going through everything else. Get rid of items you haven't worn in the past year, or that no longer fit. This can be difficult. Even if you get rid of 1/3 of the items that fall into the "haven't worn" or "no longer fits" category, you will create 1/3 more space than you have now. Donate your unwanted clothing to charity, or take it to a consignment shop. Now that your closet is empty, it's a good time to give it a fresh coat of paint.
  • Season

    If you live in a climate with seasonal temperature variations, separate your clothing into two groups: warm weather and cold weather. If you have space in your closet for both groups, arrange them in separate sections. If not, store the out-of-season clothing in boxes, under your bed, or in another area of your home.
  • Function

    Sort your clothing by function, or type, grouping like items together such as sweaters, skirts and jeans. If you wish, divide these group into casual, work and formal categories. Once again, try to get rid of more items if possible. Sometimes this is easier when you are looking at similar items side by side.
  • Color

    Within each functional group, divide your clothing by color. This will help you quickly locate an item of clothing, while creating a calm, harmonious environment in your closet.
  • Storage

    Once you've completely sorted your clothing and have decided what you want to keep, consider upgrading your existing storage. Now is a good time to treat yourself to new hangers, particularly padded hangers and pants hangers, if you need them. An extra closet rod, or rod expander, can double your storage space for short hanging items such as shirts and skirts. Stacked shoe bins will help keep your shoes accessible, and off your floor. Shelf dividers are useful for keeping your categories separate.
  • Upkeep

    As a general rule, when you purchase a new item of clothing, try to get rid of something old. This way you don't end up with a stuffed, cluttered closet.

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