Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Closet Organization 101

Do you feel like you new a fresh look in your apartment?  You can start with your closet.  You can find some great closet organization tips in the blog below.  This fresh start will help de-clutter your clothes, and it will inspire you to organize other spaces in your life.  You can find out more at Apartment Therapy.

Okay, so we're a little obsessed with organizing. And we love closets. So we thought we'd channel our obsession into something helpful: a list of ways to organize your bedroom closet. Pick and choose from the ideas below...

Top: This is our closet/spare room. We don't have any real closets in our apartment, so we turned a 1/2 bedroom into a storage space. If you don't have a closet already, you can install racks and hangers on a wall to make one. We used the ClosetMaid 6'-8' Closet Organizer. It was a pain to install, but it gives us all the storage we need.

Declutter. Use Discardian's Closet Trick to get rid of clothes you don't wear. Image: California Closets.

Store your most-used items in plain sight, less-used items below, and least-used items up high. Image: Sunset Magazine.

Combine storage units to fit your different needs: drawers for folded items, hangers for dresses and suits, boxes for odds and ends. Image: Bergen Closet Collection from West Elm.

Use coordinated hangers for a clean look that will care for your clothes and help you stay organized. Image: Bumerang Clothes Hangers, $3.49 for an 8-pack at IKEA.

Use an umbrella stand to hold odd items like a yoga mats. Image: Kartell Umbrella Stand.

Use boxes, cubbies, shelves, or a hanging organizer to sort shoes. Image: 12-Pair Shoe Organizer, $34.99.

Keep folded clothes or accessories neat with shelf dividers. Image: Shelf Dividers from the Container Store, $4.99 - $5.99.

Use vertical space (both above and below the closet rod) to store more. Image: Walnut and Platinum Elfa Closet.

Add lights in your closet between the door and the storage area. Image: Philips SpotOn Light.

If you live in a small space, replace traditional closet doors that swing out with curtains or hanging screens. Image: Woven Wood Panels from the Shade Store.

Use stackable laundry baskets that you can easily carry to the washing machine. Image: Tub Trugs from the AT Store, $14.

Hooks can create extra storage space when you hang them inside the closet. Image: Hanger Holder from Stacks and Stacks, $5.99.

Keep your closet in shape by treating it like a small room. Pay attention to lighting, wall color, and floor coverings. Image: Easy Closets.

Make more room in your closet by storing out-of-season clothes in boxes up high or under the bed. Image: Storage Bed from West Elm.

Color coding your wardrobe can make finding things easier (although it would be tough to pull out anything from these stacks of sweaters). Image: Nan Kemper's Closet.

Invest in your closet by using good-looking storage solutions. Image: Componobili Storage Units from Design Within Reach.

A rolling cart with coordinated boxes can be pulled in or out of the closet and used for clothing or office supply storage. Image: Laura's Pared Down Perfection from AT:NY.

Use suitcases to store out-of-season linens, blankets, or sweaters. Image: Living Etc.

Repurpose standard storage pieces. Solaana used IKEA's Trones Shoe Cabinets to store items along the wall of her bedroom.


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