It’s one of the most disliked household tasks, and for good reason. Closet organization can be a daunting chore. But once you’ve mastered the art of the organized closet, you’ll reap the benefits that will make it worth it. Of course, no two closets are exactly alike, and your individual needs may vary. But using these ten closet organization tips as a guide will get you on the right track to a structured storage space.
1. Make a plan. Measure your closet to determine hanging requirements, storage needs and space-saving options. This is also a great time to go through your clothing and others items to see if there is anything you’re no longer using. Once you’ve measured, it will be easy to figure out where things like shelves and boxes will fit.
2. Add a double rod if your closet is deep enough. This will give you extra space for hanging. Measure the clothes you’ll be hanging and arrange them accordingly.
3. Use shelves sparingly. You might think the more shelves, the better—but this is not always the case. They may end up taking up more storage space than they’re worth. Any shelves you install in the closet should be versatile enough to accommodate a variety of items. If you have an overflow, you can get creative with the storage in the rest of your bedroom. Buy an armoire or set of shelves (Caracole Furniture is known for their versatile pieces) or a piece of ottoman furniture with storage options.
4. Store your most used items in plain sight. Keep lesser used items below and the least-used items stocked high or out of reach. Hat boxes or gift boxes are perfect for storing accessories.
5. For the creative storage of shoes or scarves, buy some clear drawers. Clear shoe drawers stack securely with a quick click and can easily be swapped when the seasons change.
6. Use vertical space both above and below the close rod to store more.
7. Try color coding your clothes. This will make finding things much easier and serves as an easy guide for putting clean clothes away.
8. Hang handbags on a bag rack if you have any empty wall space. Retractable belt and tie holders can be attached to a wall or hidden behind cabinet doors.
9. Hang a shoe rack over the back of the closet door. You can use it for more than just shoes—gloves, scarves, socks or jewelry can all be stored in this under-utilized space.
10. Don’t forget about lighting. Whether your closet is big or small, good lighting will make it even more functional. Lamps can be used in a walk-in closet. Some ceiling mount lighting doesn’t need to be hardwired and would be perfect for a reach-in closet. You don’t want to search for your favorite scarf or sweater in a dark corner.