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Opening your closet door to a tangled mess of shirts and pants is not something that you look forward to seeing. Especially when you are in a rush to get ready for work or to meet up with a friend. It might seem overwhelming to organize your closet because of the sheer amount of stuff that you’ve accumulated over the years. Never fear though, while the idea of whipping your closet into shape might seem daunting we’ve got some tips to help make the process a little simpler.
First things first, you will need to go through your closet and get rid of anything that no longer serves you. This includes faded t-shirts that haven’t been worn in years. In addition to pants that are too tight or stained. All of these can be kicked to the curb.
You need to be absolutely ruthless in this process. Remember that you are making room for the things that you actually need. For clothes and shoes that still have a little life left in them, you can donate them to a good cause. Keep in mind though that anything that is thin or full of holes can be safely placed in the trash.
You might think that the only space that you’re allowed to use in the closet is the preinstalled racks and rods. While you can use these to store clothing, there is so much more potential in this space. There is plenty of unused wall space that can be easily be converted into more storage space for accessories, scarves, and even shoes. As a matter of fact, there are even more ways that you can utilize the vertical space in your closet.
Shoe Racks on the Wall or Door – If you have used all the floor space to house your shoe collection, the only place to go from here is up. Heels, boots, and flats can be stored along the wall using shoe racks that you can easily screw into the wall. This is definitely an inexpensive way to add additional storage for your favorite kicks.
Convert Shoe Organizers into Shelves – Speaking of shoes, consider taking vertical shoe holders and using them as a place to keep shirts and sweaters from littering the floor. These fabric shelves take up very little space and can be purchased at a number of home improvement stores.
Even after you’ve cleaned out the closet, you might find that you still have quite a few garments hanging around. No worries though, there are a few ways to organize everything so that it’s easy to sort through. Adding dividers and bins will help to arrange your closet so that everything is neat and tidy. The added benefit is that you’ll be able to quickly find items instead of digging through mounds of clothes.
Don’t Rely on the Main Bar in the Closet – While you could try to jam everything on the main rod, there is another approach that you can take to better utilize this space. Consider adding a closet doubler to the main rod and create more room for clothing and accessories.
Go Higher with Your Closet Clothing Rod – Sometimes the best thing to do is to completely adjust the placement of the closet rod. By moving it up, this allows you to put larger pieces of furniture, such as a three-drawer dresser or modular shoe cubbies
beneath any garments that are hanging up.
Organize Closet Shelves with Spacers and Dividers – If you have shelves inside of the closet that is currently overflowing and creating a mess, this can be easily fixed. You can give pants, sweaters, and shirts a place by using dividers to neatly stack your clothing.
Perhaps you want to take a more hands-on approach to transforming your closet. You can definitely customize it to make the closet fit your needs. Consider installing shelving movable shelving systems to store your favorite clothes. Here are a couple of ideas to get you started.
Use Shelf Brackets – It’s great when you can find another use for common items. A quick trip to the hardware store can yield some great ideas to optimize the space in your closet. Brackets normally used for shelves can also be used to hang pants to free up space in the closet.
Office Magazine Holders – You might think that these are only used for keeping magazines and files. However, you can also use them to store smaller items such as belts, purses or even undergarments.
Once you remove the clutter from the closet, you’ll find that you’re able to work with a clean palette. Seeing the amount of available space in the closet will help you to better organize it. You’ll finally have a room where you can quickly find what you need without the hassle of rummaging through a large pile of clothes.