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.
organization begins with an honest evaluation of your wardrobe
you should have nothing in your closet that isn’t currently wearable
lose anything that doesn’t fit or is out of style
if you haven’t worn it in a year, ask when you will wear it again
make sure everything in your closet goes with something else
store nostalgic clothes with memorabilia if you don’t wear them
place baskets for laundry, dry-cleaning, and alterations or mending
separate by season
store off-season in another area if short on space
separate by clothing purpose — formal, work, casual
separate by type — jackets, blouses, pants, skirts, etc.
separate by style — short-sleeve, long-sleeve
clearly delineate categories with labeled rod divider discs
or assign each section to a different part of the closet
hang clothes by color from light to dark
for quick and easy dressing, hang full outfits together
be aware of climate when storing items in an attic or basement
put in cedar chips to keep out insects
cardboard crossbars get sticky and leave a line on folded pants
wire hangers make marks in the shoulders of your shirts
stick to padded or plastic tubular hangers
take your wire hangers to the dry cleaner to recycle
use double-hanging rods for shorter items
get rid of dry cleaner plastic covers as they clutter up your closet
store small loose items in drawer systems or plastic tubs
socks, lingerie, bathing suits, pantyhose, etc.
roll up pantyhose to prevent runs
hang belts, hats, and purses on hooks on the wall
hang scarves on a hanger or scarf rack
take shoes out of their original cardboard boxes
use a shoe rack to keep footwear in sight and organized
install shelves or bins for folding itemsClick here for reuse options!
PS: Wanna instantly rack up some serious virtual cred? I've made it easy for you to share this content with your social networking friends, e-mail it to your peeps, or republish it in your own blog (thereby showing off how smart you are) with these links.
(iCopyright widget here)
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 RamonaCreel.com.
If you would like to reprint this page, please contact me