12 TRICKS TO CLEAR YOUR CLOSET
Outfit your master closet with an easy-to-install storage system for clothes and accessories—and get ready faster in the morning.
the alarm goes off and the race
begins. The last thing anyone wants to face is a master closet full of shoe pileups and clothes crammed together because the single rod and shelf the closet came with can’t keep up with the needs for two people. To destress the morning routine, we worked with professional organizer Deborah J. Cabral, owner of The Declutter Coach, for a plan that takes advantage of every inch of an 8×10-foot walk-in closet. We used a DIYfriendly coated-wire Configurations Deluxe Custom Closet Kit from Rubbermaid. To maximize the amount of vertical space on each wall, we hung the system higher on the wall, 86 ½ inches above the floor. This gave us room to install double rods and incorporate smart components such as hooks, shelves, bins, baskets, hampers, and other add-ons so all clothes and shoes are accessible. By following a few organizational tricks—hanging like items together from light to dark and short to long—the closet will stay easy to use for the long term. And keeping everything in its place means a happier start to each day.
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Hooks along the closet’s back wall, left, hold favorite purses, hats, and more at everyone’s fingertips. A dresser nearby stashes essentials such as socks, underwear, and pajamas.
A drawer-shelf, this photo, doubles as a prepping station with a makeup mirror and jewelry tree. Twin slim hampers easily slip under the shelf. Velvet-lined organizers in the drawers, inset, separate and protect delicate jewelry.
Hang tomorrow’s outfit on a foldable valet hook.
Boots stay standing tall with cut large swim noodles inside. Use the bottom panel of a fabric bin to organize flip-flops.