Your bedroom closet should be a streamlined storage place to keep all your things.
But sometimes it can end up becoming a dump station.
An unorganized closet can become a black hole where things go to disappear. Don’t let that happen to your stuff!
Professional organizers use these hacks to help their clients. Keep your own closet organized using these seven secrets — without paying professional prices!
The first step to organizing is always evaluating what to keep and what to get rid of. So when organizing your closet, you need to take everything out and decide what to do with each piece.
Separate them into piles, depending on whether they made the cut. This process can be long and complicated if you don’t follow a plan. Use this cheat sheet to streamline the process.
Now that you’ve eliminated some of the bulk, you need to sort and put everything back into the closet. Try grouping things according to the following criteria.
Your first organizational move should be to group pants with pants. Then shirts with shirts, skirts with skirts, etc. This way, you can easily find what you are looking for simply by looking in one area.
If you have a lot of clothes and/or lack closet space, it would be a good idea to organize your clothing according to the season you would wear them in.
It does you no good to have your sweaters up front and center in the summertime when you wouldn’t likely wear them.
It can be helpful to have your clothing organized by color. Especially when you are in a hurry to get dressed in the morning and looking for a specific shirt to match your pants.
You wouldn’t want to have your dress pants next to your sweatpants. Organizing your clothing according to the occasion in which you would wear them is also an option.
Hang It Up
Using the right hanger for the right item goes a long way in transforming your closet.
These hangers have a snake-like pattern making it easy to slip your folded pants over each section. You can easily fit five or six pairs on one hanger, saving you precious rod space.
Specially made with a broader shoulder, these hangers prevent puckering in your sweaters. You can safely hang your tops without ruining the natural fall of the sweater.
These are perfect for keeping slippery material on the hangers and off the floor. It can be very frustrating hanging something made of silk only to find it has fallen to the floor minutes later.
The velvet clings to the material and keeps it where it belongs.
You also need to have accessory hangers for a truly organized closet. You can find scarf hangers with loops to put each scarf in and hangers for belts and ties that have hooks and small levers to hold these.
Add Adjustable Shelving
Life can change, and so can your storage needs in your closet. That’s why it’s a good idea to have adjustable shelving in your closet so that it can evolve with your needs.
Short shelving helps keep folded clothes in a neat pile while tall shelves are excellent to keep your boots in. You may need more or less of each as the seasons change, or your wardrobe does.
These shelves are easy to adjust and move around so that you have the exact amount of space on each shelf that you need for its specific purpose.
Use the Doors for Extra Storage
Think of the door to your closet as an extra wall to use. There is plenty of space on that blank board to use to your advantage.
One way to organize your shoes is by using an over the door hanging shoe rack. If you attach a couple of extra rods to the door, you can hang “S” hooks and use them to organize your purses or scarves.
You could even stick on some simple hooks and use them to hang your jewelry or belts.
Extend Your Hanging Space
Most closets come with one rod, and most people settle for that. But there’s no need! You can easily extend your hanging space with a few little closet hacks.
You can double your hanging space by merely adding soda tabs to each hanger and attaching another hanger in the bottom hole of the soda tab.
Or if you don’t have easy access to soda tabs, check out this fun DIY project.
You can also add a rod about halfway down the wall under the other rod, and you have double the space to hang shorter clothes. This rod doesn’t need to span all the way across the closet if you wish to leave room for your longer clothing.
Just as you can use hooks on the door, you can use hooks on empty wall space on the opposite wall or back wall of the closet. This is a convenient place to store hats, purses, belts, and so much more.
Cubbies Are Your Friend
Those foldable cubbies that you can buy to put in your modular storage shelves are also great to use as storage boxes in your closet. They come in lots of different styles and colors so you can add your own pizzazz to your wardrobe.
Put these up high to house your big fluffy sweaters, extra linens, or other things rarely used.
You can also use them on the floor to keep flip flops or slippers together. If you place them on their side, they can double as storage shelves for folded clothing. You can also use them to keep your accessories organized in one handy spot.
Keep your closet from spilling out into your bedroom by using these smart organization hacks.
Whether you implement only one tip or all seven, we know you’ll love the space-saving results.
Once you have a cleaner, more organized closet, you’ll be more motivated to keep it that way!
Janine Palatucci has recently joined Alliance Residential as the Business Manager for 360 Huguenot. She is an experienced manager with a demonstrated history working in multifamily and hotel hospitality. Janine has industry experience in the New York City, Westchester County, and South East Florida markets. She is passionate about her work and consistent in providing a welcoming environment for her team, residents, and community.