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Tips For Organizing Your Closet

Can you easily find just the outfit you want in the morning — or do you struggle through piles of clothes that don’t fit and are out of style? Are your shoes, hats, bags, and other accessories stored in an organized fashion? If not, here are some proven techniques for creating a closet you’ll love.

A Closer Look At Your Closet

Checkmark-Iconorganization begins with an honest evaluation of your wardrobe

Xmark-Iconyou should have nothing in your closet that isn’t currently wearable

Checkmark-Iconlose anything that doesn’t fit or is out of style

Xmark-Iconif you haven’t worn it in a year, ask when you will wear it again

Checkmark-Iconmake sure everything in your closet goes with something else

Xmark-Iconstore nostalgic clothes with memorabilia if you don’t wear them

Checkmark-Iconplace baskets for laundry, dry-cleaning, and alterations or mending

Categorizing Your Clothes

Xmark-Iconseparate by season

Checkmark-Iconstore off-season in another area if short on space

Xmark-Iconseparate by clothing purpose — formal, work, casual

Checkmark-Iconseparate by type — jackets, blouses, pants, skirts, etc.

Xmark-Iconseparate by style — short-sleeve, long-sleeve

Checkmark-Iconclearly delineate categories with labeled rod divider discs

Xmark-Iconor assign each section to a different part of the closet

Checkmark-Iconhang clothes by color from light to dark

Xmark-Iconfor quick and easy dressing, hang full outfits together

Protecting And Storing Your Clothes

Checkmark-Iconbe aware of climate when storing items in an attic or basement

Xmark-Iconput in cedar chips to keep out insects

Checkmark-Iconcardboard crossbars get sticky and leave a line on folded pants

Xmark-Iconwire hangers make marks in the shoulders of your shirts

Checkmark-Iconstick to padded or plastic tubular hangers

Xmark-Icontake your wire hangers to the dry cleaner to recycle

Checkmark-Iconuse double-hanging rods for shorter items

Xmark-Iconget rid of dry cleaner plastic covers as they clutter up your closet

Checkmark-Iconstore small loose items in drawer systems or plastic tubs

Xmark-Iconsocks, lingerie, bathing suits, pantyhose, etc.

Checkmark-Iconroll up pantyhose to prevent runs

Xmark-Iconhang belts, hats, and purses on hooks on the wall

Checkmark-Iconhang scarves on a hanger or scarf rack

Xmark-Icontake shoes out of their original cardboard boxes

Checkmark-Iconuse a shoe rack to keep footwear in sight and organized

Xmark-Iconinstall shelves or bins for folding items

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Ramona Creel is an award-winning 15-year veteran organizer and member of the National Association Of Professional Organizers. As well as having birthed “The A-To-Z Of Getting Organized,” Ramona is also the author of “The Professional Organizer’s Bible: A Slightly Irreverent And Completely Unorthodox Guide For Turning Clutter Into A Career”—and the creator of more than 200 “quick-start” business tools and templates for use by productivity professionals. She writes seven different blogs, has worked with hundreds of clients, and has delivered scores of presentations on getting organized. Ramona resides on the roads of America as a full-time RVer—living and working in a 29-foot Airstream. Learn more at and

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  1. Darci says:

    Helpful hints

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