If you open your closet door and get buried under an avalanche, that’s when you know you better start getting your closet together. Unfortunately, many people don't think about how to maintain their closets, but having proper storage and organization makes it much easier to keep your wardrobe looking neat and fresh. After paring down and organizing your clothing and accessories, you’ll find yourself wearing more of what you already own because everything in your closet fits comfortably, is easily accessible, and is reflective of your style.
USE WOODEN HANGERS
Wire and plastic hangers may have been a good idea while you were in college, but now that you're a “grown up” it's time to upgrade. Add to the elegance of your wardrobe by taking advantage of the benefits of wooden hangers. You may think plastic hangers are durable, but plastic doesn’t have the lifespan of wood. Over time, those inexpensive plastic hangers will sag. And when the hangers sag, they can stretch the fabric of your clothes out of shape.
Durability is particularly poor for wire hangers. While there are some better quality wire hangers, most are used by professional dry cleaners and not meant to be used every day. Dry cleaners give wire hangers to customers because they're inexpensive and not meant to support an entire wardrobe.
Wooden hangers may be more expensive than their wire and plastic counterparts, but the durability of wooden hangers will pay off in the long run.
HANG YOUR SWEATERS
You might be in the habit of folding your sweaters and putting them on a shelf, but putting them on a hanger might serve you better in the long run. Hang your sweaters by folding them around the hanger or over the bar of the hanger. Simply fold the sweater in half length wise, place it over the hanger with the hook at the armpit, fold the sleeves and then drape the body of the sweater over the hanger.
FOLD YOUR CLOTHES
Marie Kondo recommends folding as many clothes as possible– using the file folding method that she is famous for– simply because clothes folded with the KonMari Method take up much less space than if they are hanging. It's actually the way you store clothes that makes a difference. Leaving clothes in a stacked pile — no matter how neat — makes them hard to reach and even harder to see. Instead, stand clothes upright to help you stay true to Kondo's idea of appreciating items through touch and use.No matter which article of clothing you’re folding, the goal is to get it into the shape of a small rectangle so that it can stand on its own.
ARRANGE YOUR CLOTHES AND ACCESSORIES BY COLOR
Tired of searching your closet multiple times for that adorable red blouse and black alligator belt that would go perfectly with your new charcoal gray pantsuit? Try grouping your clothes by color. You may also want to group by type within each color group. For example, hang all of your black clothing in one section, and within that section place all the dresses together, blouses together, pants together, etc… Invest in belt rings, hooks and/or decorative bins for accessories such as belts, purses and scarves and group them by color as well. Arranging clothes and accessories by color will save you time and frustration, and make it easier to find exactly what you’re looking for.
SHOW YOUR SHOES
Of all the clothes and accessories that we store in our closets, shoes are among the most egregious problem items. We possess too many pairs for our own good (well, not really; you can never have too many pairs of shoes), and they're often bulky or come in weird shapes. Want more control over your shoes? Stop hiding them. Instead, designers suggest taking cues from retail stores and displaying your collection — at least, the core six or eight pairs — on shelves, at eye level, where you can easily see them.
Store your remaining shoes in clear, plastic shoe box-sized containers to protect and easily stack them by color, style and type. In lieu of clear plastic containers, you can label the short edge of the original show boxes accordingly (black suede pumps, red leather sling backs, white high top sneakers) before stacking them.
An organized closet has the look and feel of a little boutique; all of your clothes and accessories are visible and easily accessible and each time you walk in it’s like you’re “shopping” for a new outfit every day.