Organizing your Closet

What’s the trick to maintaining a tidy closet?

Buy all the same hangers—same color and same size.   Go through everything in your closet and decide what to keep and what to get rid of.

We’ve all heard the rule “If you haven’t worn it for a year, get rid of it.” But trends come back around, so even if you haven’t worn it in a while, it might be worth keeping. The questions that really need to be asked are “Would you buy this today?” and “Is it looking worn-down?” Also, if something doesn’t fit, it just doesn’t fit.

Consign. Even billionaires do it. Getting money back makes cleaning out your closet worth the trouble. Or donate them. Thrift Shop are amazing. Plus you can write off $$ for charity.

After the big clean out, consider the placement of the rod. You don’t want items to be too far out of reach. Then organize clothes by type: shirts with shirts, pants with pants, and so on. Separate those pieces by color, arranging from lightest to darkest. It’s an old visual merchandising trick that taps into how your eye naturally takes things in.

Hang or Fold – Finer-gauge cashmere and beaded items need to be folded—with a folding board—but hang everything else.

Shoes – Because depth is usually the problem, line your shoes up horizontally, one in front of the other, as opposed to side-by-side. You’ll fit twice as many pairs.

Buy a bunch of nice hooks and a peg wall, like you would see in a garage, then start hanging. You can even cut out the middle and put in a mirror.

Don’t have a closet?  Go to Ikea. They even sell closets for people who live in closet-less apartments.

What’s the trend?  Painted wood, instead of natural, is huge right now.

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