Friday, November 01, 2013

Five Steps To End Crowded Closets – Steps Two and Three

In step one the clothes that fit you, flatter you and convey your personal message were identified as the ones to keep. Charities, online selling and consignment shops are happy to take the clothes that do not compliment you. Now that you have distilled your wardrobe to a fashion concentrate, it’s time to analyze your space and storage needs and get the appropriate tools to increase the efficiency of space usage.

Take a look at your wardrobe to evaluate how much space is needed to accommodate it.
·      Look vertical space needed. Dresses need longer space than separates.
·      Look at how much bar space is needed to hang your wardrobe.  
·      Look at how much shelf space is needed to store folded clothes.
·      Look at the size of your shoe and accessory collections.
Now take a look at your empty closet. Is it reasonably possible to store your entire wardrobe in your closet?  Not every home is blessed with decent sized closets. If your wardrobe exceeds your closet size, create your own closet. Extra rooms can be converted into walk-in closets. Create a closet by sectioning off an area of a large room through the use of curtains, screens or room dividers.  Garment racks and shelving units create storage where there was none. If the wardrobe is just a bit larger than the closet space, store part of a wardrobe in a second closet.  For most people using a few organizing tools will increase their closet’s capacity.
One of the most useful tools to increase the amount of hanging space is the bar doubler, which hangs a second closet bar from the original bar.  The bar doubler is perfect for hanging separates.  While we’re talking about hanging space it is worth mentioning that flocked narrow hangers take up less space than traditional plastic or wood hangers, and the flocking gently grips the clothes.   
Shoe storage is one the most common organizing challenges. I like storing shoes on shelves because accessibility is maximized. Vertical closet organizers look like shrunken bookcases with a shorter vertical dimension. There are two new organizing tools that triple and double the number of shoes stored. The former is a 3-section shoe bin that holds three pairs of flats or low-heeled shoes. The latter is the Shoe Space Saver that stacks each shoe of a pair atop of each other. An extensive shoe collection – or a tiny closet – may require creative storage. One of my favorite tricks is to put shoes in rolling “drawers” that slide under the bed.
Under bed rolling drawers are also useful for storing folded clothes if shelf space is inadequate. If shelves are used to store folded clothes, separate the stacks with shelf dividers that will prevent the stacks from toppling over. Shelf dividers keep purses stored on shelves upright as well.
Additionally purses can be stored on the closet door with hooks. In fact, closet doors can store all sorts of accessories with hooks and towel bars. Towel bars keep scarves and ties tidy and accessible with a minimum of fuss.
There is one tool that is frequently overlooked when it comes to organizing the closet despite how it simplifies using the closet. That tool is a light source. Today’s battery operated LED lights cast strong light without the need for wiring. Light can make the difference in finding what you want quickly versus fumbling about.
Tools can increase a closet’s capacity for storage however, it’s important to evaluate your wardrobe and the amount of space your empty closet has before getting any tools. Tools are fun; but the wrong tool for your circumstances will disappoint and frustrate you.
In our next step we will look at how placement of your wardrobe items can increase efficiency. In the meantime, consider visiting my Pinterest board for more ideas on closet organizing tools.
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