Closets are an excellent idea, but they never appear to be large enough. And when they are of a reasonable scale, they can be difficult to coordinate.
Some General Tips –
- Make use of all available space thus remaining ordered.
- Out-of-season (winter/summer) clothing should be stored out of the way.
- When you can see anything, you’re more likely to wear it.
- One or two hooks should be left bare for fast and dirty clean up.
- Remember to have the backs of deep shelves in mind.
To Hang Clothes –
- Mount a second closet rod over the current one to hang your clothes. This effectively doubles the amount of room used for hanging. To gain entry, purchase a stool or a reaching rod.
- All is so much better with matching hangers.
Folded Clothes –
- To avoid hanger bumps, fold all knit pieces. Sweaters, T-shirts, and certain blouses fall under this category.
- If you have wide shelves, fold your laundry properly. Store your out-of-season sandals/sweaters back there if you still have room behind your folded clothes (i.e. very deep shelves).
- Stack clothes vertically rather than horizontally whether you’re using a dresser or other drawers. Tights, gloves, PJs, and even panties are all subject to this treatment. Folding your socks, by the way, saves room.
- If you’re using open shelving, don’t stack it so high that it falls.
- Feel free to incorporate additional shelving into existing cabinets.
For Bags –
- To keep the structure of the pockets, stuff them with tissue. Leave tissue as a storage area by using a container.
- To avoid the handles stretching out, place them on a shelf rather than hanging them.
- To hold them upright, use bookends
- Using an over-the-door coat rack if you would stay.
For Shoes –
- Use an over-the-door shoe organizer—Look for ones that allow you to place both shoes in one slot.
- Tiny, inexpensive bookcases are ideal for boots.
Other Accessories –
- Get any screw-in hooks in bulk at the home improvement store for belts, jewelry, shades, and pretty much everything else, and leave no wall or cabinet room uncovered. These come in handy in the kitchen as well. It’s easier to use them if you dig a hole first.
- Smaller products can be sorted into open bins, cans, and cups found at thrift shops.