Top Ten Tips for Organizing Your Closet

Filed in Design and Decor by on July 10, 2014

Here are our Top Ten Tips to help you dig in and de-clutter:

smart spaces 21. Face the Truth

Walk into your closet. Take a look around. How many of your clothes do you actually wear? Let’s try this again: How many of your clothes have you worn in the last year?

People simply have too much stuff in their closet,” says Melissa Schmalenberger, owner of MS. Simplicity Professional Organizing in Fargo. “The closet may be full because they simply are not taking the time to get rid of the clothes that don’t fit or they don’t like.”

If an ample amount of closet space is being taken up by these old timers, it’s time to purge.

2. Speaking of Purging… 

Schmalenberger advocates pulling everything out of your closet and trying on every piece before it goes back in.

“Make sure it fits, and make sure it feels good – and also make sure you see yourself wearing it in the next six months to a year,” she says.

A good method is to create three piles: keep, toss, donate. Keep the clothes you love. Trash the ones you don’t. Take the rest to a consignment or thrift store.

3. Get Organized

This doesn’t just mean following our list of tips. It also means considering investing in a closet organizing system. Ursula Hegvik, owner of Smart Spaces in Fargo and a closet design consultant for eight years, says that you’re wasting space in your closet without an organizing system.

“Most people have one wire or wood shelf and one pole in their closet,” she explains. “When you have a system that accommodates your needs, you’ll have the designated place for everything.”

4. Switch It Up

Most people organize their closets the way they dress their bodies – shirts on top, pants on the bottom. Hegvik advises the opposite.

“Pants don’t stick out as far as shirts do, and they also don’t hang has long,” she says, “so it will be easier to see shirts under pants than the other way around. And if you have a shelf in-between, you’ll be able to see and use this shelf because the pants won’t hang down to it.”

5. What Works For You?

Are you color oriented? Appreciate symmetry? Enjoy fabrics? Have a variety of types of clothes? Whatever grouping system appeals to you, stick with it, says Jessica Rogholt, a design consultant with Closet Logic in Sauk smart spacesRapids. This may mean creating a rainbow of clothes in your closet. Or keeping silks with silks and cottons with cottons. Or putting casual clothes in one section and business separates in another. The trick is to create a system that works for you so you’ll want to maintain it.

6. Combine Professional with DIY

Rogholt says it’s perfectly acceptable to consult a professional closet organizer and purchase his or her system but to install it yourself. “Closet professionals are experts in closet design. They have experience working with all shapes and sizes of closets and know the tips and tricks to make the best use of the space while keeping it functional,” she says. “And, depending upon your level or ability and the complexity of the project, installation should be optional.”

7. Hang It Up

Consider investing in specialized hangers. There are slim-line hangers that take up less space, fabric-covered hangers that prevent slippage, wood hangers that add an air of class and even hangers specifically for pants. “These hangers are easier to use because they’re missing one side of the ‘triangle’ of a hanger so you slide pants on instead of feeling them through,” explains Hegvik. “They also shorten the distance between where the pants hang and the pole, so your pants will take up even less height.”

8. Avoid Extras

You might think it’s a good idea to move some extra storage pieces such as a dresser into your closet. Don’t do it, say all three of our experts. “Organizing is so much easier once things are vertical,” says Schmalenberger.

Hegvik advises her clients against adding things like dressers because of their size. “Dressers are often deeper and bulkier than the closet can handle and sometimes end up wasting valuable space,” she says.

9. One In, One Out

This is a rule Schmalenberger swears by. Whenever she purchases a new article of clothing, she always removes one item of clothing from her closet. “That way I am never too packed in my closet, and I always have the same amount of space,” she says.

10. Think Long-Term

Once you’ve done all the work, don’t let your efforts slide. ” Have the long run in mind,” advises Rogholt. “Don’t just clean and tidy up.”

Plan out your closet improvements, implement them and continue to practice them.

by Patricia Carlson

Photo Source: Smart Spaces, Fargo ND,


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