When you open your closet door, do you feel excited to pick out an outfit or feel dread because of the disorganization? Second only to pantries, closet organizing is one of the most important places in your home to arrange because of the frequency of use.
Culling through clothes and shoes prior to organizing is a great place to start. If clothes are newer than three years old, you may be able to sell them online or at a local consignment store. Pro tip: Donate to shelters, business attire nonprofits, churches or schools.
Closet organizing systems are a worthwhile investment to optimize wall space. A shelf and a hanging bar are not sufficient for closet organization. Adding shelves, drawers and compartments offers greater storage flexibility. Pro tip: Don’t forget to add airtight shoe boxes because, as much as we hate to admit it, shoe odor can seep into clothing fabrics.
Organize by color to reduce the amount of time it takes to search for particular pieces. A color-coordinated closet allows for a shift away from go-to items and toward variety in styling. Pro tip: Place colors that look best on you at the front of the closet, so you are more likely to wear them.
Kira Vanderlan operates an organizing, staging and design company. Find more at zestfuldesign.com.