Ten tips to cre­ate a great closet

Texarkana Gazette - - HOME - By Cathy Hobbs

Let’s face it, clos­ets can be messy! One of the main cul­prits of­ten re­lates to a lack of proper or­ga­ni­za­tion. The key to a well-or­ga­nized space is for ev­ery­thing to be in place and to have a place.

When look­ing to cre­ate a closet that is or­ga­nized and tidy, here are some tips to keep in mind:

1. Use boxes and bins. Boxes and bins are per­fect or­ga­ni­za­tional tools when it comes to small items.

2. Hug­gable hang­ers. Use slim hang­ers as op­posed to those that are bulky in or­der to max­i­mize space.

3. Con­sider hav­ing your closet pro­fes­sion­ally “built.” These days there are many com­pa­nies that can cre­ate cus­tom draw­ers and shelves to help max­i­mize a closet with­out break­ing the bank.

4. Place shoes on racks or keep them in boxes. Shoes can take up a lot of space. While many peo­ple pre­fer to keep shoes stacked and in boxes, depend­ing on the num­ber of shoes you are look­ing to store, racks may be use­ful.

5. Con­sider utiliz­ing a “sea­sonal” closet. In­stead of hav­ing your closet filled with all of the cloth­ing you own, why not store off sea­son items else­where, leav­ing your closet re­served for those items that are in sea­son and in use.

6. Uti­lize both short and long hang bars. One key closet or­ga­ni­za­tion tip is to have an area to hang items that are short in length such as shirts and jack­ets as well as those that are longer in length such as coats, pants and dresses.

7. Hang win­ter coats sin­gle closet in the home. Win­ter coats, can be bulky and take up space. One sug­ges­tion is to pick a sin­gle, un­der­uti­lized closet within the home, and use it for these items.

8. Purge! Each sea­son do an edit of your closet and get rid of those items you no longer need.

9. Uti­lize the “one in one out” rule. Just pur­chased a new white shirt? This is the per­fect time to get rid of an old white shirt that may be worn, per­haps in need of mend­ing or may no longer fit.

10. Add light. In many in­stances one of the main rea­sons why a closet may not be used to its fullest po­ten­tial may re­late to dim, or poorly lit ar­eas, which may be dif­fi­cult to keep or­ga­nized.

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■ Shelves and draw­ers help make this closet feel func­tional and or­ga­nized.

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