When you are getting ready for your day, are you able to find what you need in your closet easily? Or, is getting dressed in the morning a struggle, a hassle, or a generally unpleasant experience? Here are five simple guidelines for closet organization.
- Your closet should be no more than 80% full. Any fuller and you don’t have space for your hanging clothes to swing freely while you are choosing your outfit for the day. Avoid overstuffing your closet by donating ill-fitting and unworn clothes regularly. Move off-season items to clear labeled bins under the bed and switch your wardrobe out in the Spring and Fall.
- The items in your closet that you touch daily should be in clear view and at chest height. This will ensure easy retrieval. Store items you use the least frequently below knee height.
- If you can’t see your shoes, the chance is you won’t wear them. Shoe organization provides a valuable return on investment. There are many great shoe organization solutions. One simple option is using clear shoe box bins which stack easily, keep the dust off, and allow you to quickly retrieve your favorite pair of sandals. Clear bins can also be used to store handbags and off-season items such as hats, gloves, and scarves.
- Your laundry receptacle should be easily accessible and in plain sight. Avoid laundry hampers which can become too heavy or unwieldy. A simple laundry basket on the floor of your closet works well.
- Use vertical shelf dividers to separate stacks of sweaters or other items in your closet. Avoid creating stacks that topple over when you need to retrieve an item. As a guideline, the stack should not exceed the height of the shelf divider.
Whether you have a small closet in an apartment or a bedroom sized walk-in closet with gorgeous built-ins from The Container Store, we can work with you to optimize the space so that getting ready for the day is a joy!