Growing up in a large family we did not have a lot of room for storage. Consequently, everything was shoved, crammed or thrown in a drawer or closet. Finding what I was looking for was challenging, finding anything pressed was impossible. But that was then. Through the years I have mastered living comfortably in a small space without clutter. It has taken trial and error to get to know what works and what doesn’t. The beauty of organizing a closet and storage space is that once it is configured it makes your life soooo much easier. Here are a few tips for organizing your closets and drawers;
-Drawers without dividers become a receptacle for a big fat mess! Designate your drawers; for example place only pull-over sweaters in one section of your drawer and cardigans in another section. You can create these sections neatly by buying simple drawer dividers to separate them. When organizing your drawers never categorize by color as it will be much more difficult to find what it is you need.
-If you live in a Victorian era home, your closet space can be small. Buy narrow felted hangers for your tops. You can find skirt and pant hangers that have multiple bars and clips to hang a number of bottoms in a smaller space. It’s amazing how much more space wider hangers can take up.
-Put a double bar in your closet; shirts and jackets on the top rung and skirts and trousers at the bottom. Organizing this way will allow you to place your separates in a color coordinated fashion whereby it will be easier to pull an outfit together.
-Depending on the height of your closet you can add a shelf for handbags, sweaters, coats or hats. You will want to get shelf dividers for this as well.
-Shoes can become a nightmare if you don’t care for them properly. They should be stored together in sets on a rack hung from your closet door. You’ll be surprised at how many shoes you can get on a single door and the best part is that when you need a pair they are right in front of you—no need to go crawling on the floor looking for them.
-Try not to stack your t-shirts, pull-overs or cardigans too high because if you pull from the bottom everything gets pulled out as well. If you have room to stack sweaters and t-shirts high then you have room to create another shelf–the more shelves the easier it is to organize.
-Scarves and belts can be hung for accessibility and there are special hangers for just that.
-To keep your boots in shape and stored properly, invest in boot shapers. These are rolled and placed inside the boot so they fall over each other.
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