Creating an Organized Closet

This rack, from the Container Store, is a perfect way to store your shoes!

            An unorganized closet can be a real nuisance – it can seem impossible to find what you’re looking for (especially if you’re trying to rush out of the door!) So, while we’re all still working on our spring cleaning, here are some ideas that may help bring some serenity to your bedroom closet.

  • Sometimes, as hard as it is, you really have to prune your wardrobe.  Here’s a rule I try to live by – if you haven’t worn it in a year, get rid of it. Have a friend come over to help you – it’s a great way to spend an afternoon!
  • Most closets have shelves that are too shallow or too high to store socks, underwear, sweaters, hats, gloves and extra blankets.  Instead, use chic-looking boxes, plastic bins, straw baskets or any other great-looking container that can help keep your clothing organized.  Labeling each box makes finding exactly what you’re looking for simple.
  • Store shoes in their original boxes.  You can even take a picture of each pair and tape it to the box for instant identification. I also buy those wonderful shoe holders that hang on the inside of my closet door.
  • A light in the closet is a little luxury that no one can afford to be without.  If you don’t already have a light source in your closet, buy an inexpensive battery-operated light at a home-improvement store.  Just be sure plastic bags from the cleaners never get near your source of light!
  • If you feel you’re in a dire situation, see if you can afford to have a closet organization system installed, or have your closet professionally organized.

Try to be generous with your discarded goodies – donating to local organizations (such as the Salvation Army) is not only a tax advantage, but you’re sharing instead of wasting!

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