Organizing Your Closet

It can feel like a daunting task, but here's a way to tackle it in an afternoon. And the results are well worth the effort. Start with two boxes -- one for donations, one for items that need to be thrown out.

Edit, Edit, Edit

This is the hardest and most time consuming part of the project. Go through every item of clothing you own. Try everything on. If it doesn't fit, is out of style or you haven't worn it in the last six months, put it in the donate box. If it's really worn or damaged beyond repair, put it in the trash box.

Decide What To Store

Let seasonality and frequency of use be your guide in determining what to keep in the closet and what to store elsewhere if space is limited.

Use Consistent Hangers

Using the same type of hangers throughout your closet will not only make it look neater, it will make it easier to get items in and out.

Use Prime Real Estate Wisely

Put the clothes you wear most often in the most convenient and accessible part of the closet.

Organize By Type And Color

Hang items based on the configuration of your closet. For example, hang shirts and skirts on a low rod; hang dresses on a rod at eye level; and on the high rod hang your suits. Then within areas, sort by type and color from light to dark. Blouses, for example, can be sorted first by sleeve length and then by shade. By keeping like with like, options for a given outfit are clear at a glance.

Contain and Label Folded Storage

If you have shelves in your closet, use clear or ventilated bins or nice baskets with labels to contain clothing that can't be hung. If your closet doesn’t have shelves, consider using part of your clothing rod for hanging canvas ones.

Maximize Shoe Storage

Depending on the space you have, choose between clear plastic shoe boxes that stack, a floor shoe rack or a hanging shoe organizer. If you are limited on closet space, store seasonal shoes like boots or sandals in labeled plastic boxes or under your bed, in the basement or garage.

Store Accessories in Clear Plastic Shoeboxes or Drawers

Clear plastic shoeboxes make perfect storage quarters for neatly rolled scarves, underwear, and belts.

Go Vertical

Use an over-the-door rack with hooks for scarves, purses or belts to make the most of the unused space behind a closet door. And pegboard mounted inside a closet door creates an inexpensive mini-dressing station.

Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

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