A cluttered closet can create a lot of stress in your life, but you can simplify your life and your closet with a few organizational tips and ideas. There is currently a billion dollar closet organizer industry in America, but you do not have to spend a lot of money to design and organize your closet space. No matter how small or large your closet, you can use some simple and affordable techniques to make your closet an organized thing of beauty.
With a small closet you don’t have much room to spare. Remove all the items from your closet. You will want to take an inventory of everything you have removed from your closet. As you go through your items, start organizing them into piles. Put all your pants together, all your shirts together and all your shoes together. Determine if there are any items you can dispose of or donate to charity. Count your clothes and determine which ones you want to hang, and which ones you want to store in drawers or boxes. For the clothes you would like to hang, you will need to purchase space efficient hangars. Space efficient, or space saving, hangars come in a variety of styles and brands. Keep in mind that you will want different style space-saving hangars for your pants, skirts and shirts. You can purchase space efficient hangars at your local department or drug store.
Once you have created more space in your closet by using space saving hangars for your clothes, you can start to tackle the other items in need to store in your closet. You can purchase closet organizers and storage boxes at your local drug store or office supply store. Place your shoes, accessories, board games, or whatever else you may have, into the appropriately sized boxes and organizers. Label the side of the boxes with a legible list of their contents. Make sure the labels are facing out where you can read them. You want to design your small closet so you can open the door and instantly see where everything is located.
If you are lucky enough to have a walk-in closet with plenty of space, then you have many diverse options for designing your space. You can mix and match shelving, drawers and racks in a variety of ways. Go into your closet and examine the space. Hang the items you use most within easy reach and keep your most used items in accessible drawers. You will also want to think about who is using the closet. You may want to divide the closet into his and her sides or create a special area for kids’ clothes. Think about installing adjustable shelves that can be moved up and down to accommodate any unusual shaped items you may own. Sliding belt and tie racks can also be added to your walk-in. Sliding racks will give you easy access to your accessories and allows you to slide them out of the way when they are not needed.
For your smaller items, you can install drawer dividers. Drawer dividers can be built-in to your drawers to give you a way to separate items, such as your socks and underwear. You can also purchase drawer dividers and organizers at your local department store. Shoe shelves are another convenient organizer for your walk-in closet. Shoe shelves keep your shoe collection at a height for easy viewing and access. If you need to store men and women’s shoes, then you may want an adjustable shoe shelf that can store both. Tilt-out hampers are another handy addition to a walk-in closet. A tilt-out hamper has a large deep drawer where your dirty clothes can be stored out of the way.
Designing a clutter-free space in your freestanding armoire is much like designing a small closet space. Keep in mind your armoire will most likely have a tall and narrow storage space. You will want to remove all the items from your armoire, take an inventory and organize. Placing stacking shelves and drawers inside your armoire will help with your organization. Keeping your shoes and accessories in thin stacking drawers can alleviate clutter and make things easier to find. Be sure to label your drawers and boxes on the side facing out. For a neater looking label on your closet drawers, you can create adhesive labels on your computer.