Store more and organize better with these helpful hints to max out your closet’s potential.
Install shelf dividers to separate stacks of towels, linens, and your homemade cleaning supplies, says pro organizer Meryl Starr. “The dividers prevent the piles from toppling over on one another or onto the floor.” A set of four wire dividers starts at $13.
Savvy Closet Organization Tips and TricksDivide and Conquer
Help keep your sanity (and your closet organized) with closet rod dividers (99 cents each), says Donna Smallin Kuper, author of How to Declutter and Make Money Now. These keep clothing tidy and easy to find by separating short sleeve shirts, pants, jackets, and dresses.
Savvy Closet Organization Tips and TricksDitch the Sliding Closet Doors
Bi-fold doors ($100 for primed wood composite) and double swinging doors ($180 for clear pine, six-panel) allow you to view the complete contents of your closet at one glance. Mirrored bi-fold doors ($150-$250) add utility and reflect light. Sliding doors obscure half of the closet at a time, making it difficult to see everything inside; they also make it harder to reach into far corners.
Savvy Closet Organization Tips and TricksIdentification, Please
Make life easy on yourself when rooting through your pantry. Use a hand-held label maker ($20 and up) to mark the contents of clear containers, bins, jars, and baskets. That way, you won’t have to open up each and every container to find the whatchamacallit.
Savvy Closet Organization Tips and TricksMultitasking Helper
Blogger Jen Jones of IHeart Organizing nominates an over-the-door vinyl pocket shoe organizer ($20) as her favorite storage product for use in all kinds of closets. “It’s a multi-functional product that isn’t just for shoes,” she says. “First, it allows you to expand your storage by using door space versus floor space. Second, it can hold anything from charging cables to hats and mittens to kitchen supplies.”
Savvy Closet Organization Tips and TricksOrder in the House!
Bring order and additional storage to a closet in a shared children’s bedroom using a shelf unit ($60). Plastic bins corral kids’ belongings on the shelves, and pictograms or labels tell the kids whose socks, pajamas, laundry, and more are stored inside.
Savvy Closet Organization Tips and TricksGrab and Go
Hang a few of your favorite everyday outfits together, says Marcia Ramsland in her book, Simplify Your Space: Create Order and Reduce Stress. “When you have a blouse, slacks, and jacket together, it’s easy to grab and go.”
Savvy Closet Organization Tips and TricksReduce Bathroom Clutter Chaos
To keep towels organized and well-behaved, have only two sets of towels per family member (one set in use and one in the wash). To make the task of matching sets even easier, buy only all-white, hotel-style towels. Donate extra towels and linens to a local charity.