those vile metal hangers, they make your clothes lose
their shape over time. Instead use wooden hangers for
normal garments like button down shirts, and padded
hangers for delicate tops with skinny straps. For pants
and skirts invest in some hangers that have clips, so
that clothes are secure.
Use a double rod
your closet space and double the amount of clothes it
can hold, invest in a second rod that can be affixed
below the original one. This means you can hang shorter
garments on the bottom rod and longer ones on the top,
with room for storage containers underneath.
attractive and very useful baskets for easy storage for
your purses and bags. This will keep them all organized
in one place so you can located them quickly as needed.
The baskets can be stored on the floor underneath your
clothes or on the top shelf.
Buy some stacking
plastic drawers are great tools and can fit neatly into
a corner of your closet. This is wear you can store
items like socks, underwear, belts, and scarves and
other accessories. Lighter weight knits can also be
stored in these drawers. NEVER hang knits- they will
lose their shape over time. If you have special knits
like cashmere, use acid free tissue to line each
To give your
closet a colorful look, buy some decorative boxes in
bright patterns or motifs that you enjoy. Use large
boxes to store your very heavy knits, and use hatboxes
to store your lingerie. When bought in various sizes the
hatboxes can be easily stacked on top of each other and
stored on the top shelf.
another way to help organize things like belts and ties.
You can also use them to hang the bags you use most
often for easy accessibility.
Storing your clothes:
your clothes into your newly organized closet, try to
divide your closet into different zones. Put dresses all
together, and do the same for your coats, pants, shirts
etc. Group clothes by color, for easy visibility, and if
you are extremely picky, you can organize your clothes
by season as well. If you store your clothes away each
season, make sure they are clean. Stains will set and
spread over time. Also, don't store wool or silk
garments in airtight containers- they need to breathe.
jewelry and small accessories, there are several
options. You can use drawer dividers that settle into an
existing drawer and organize your pieces by type, or you
can use small labeled boxes that fit into a larger box
that can be stored in your closet. Hooks would be a good
place to hang longer necklaces like beads. Expensive
rings and necklaces should be kept in their original
jewelry boxes to protect them. These can then be stored
in your dividers.
Shoes can be
stored in clear shoe drawers, or in hanging shoe racks.
An inexpensive option: keep your shoes stored in the
original shoe boxes, stacked neatly on your top shelf.
Label each shoe box with a brief description of the shoe
ie: pointy toed pumps-black or brown tweed kitten heels.
If you have the time, take a Polaroid of each shoe and
attached it to the appropriate box. These options will
help you locate your shoes quickly, and ensure that your
outfits always look put- together.
Fashion Journalist Erica Salyi-Pannozzo. Erica writes
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