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How to Organize Your Closet

Does your closet need a makeover? If so, a little organization can go a long way. It's easy for closets to get cluttered, which makes it hard to find what you're looking for. A well-organized closet, on the other hand, can cut time off of your daily routine. Don't be intimidated by the idea of closet organization; Pottery Barn has an array of closet systems that make it easy. In just a few hours or even less, you can revamp your closet so that it works for you.

Here are some tips to help you master the art of closet organization:

Start With a Clean Slate

The first step when it comes to creating an organized closet is to remove everything that's already in it. By taking everything out, it's easier to go through your items and decide what you'd like to keep. It's helpful to create three piles; one for items you're keeping, one for items that can be donated, and one for items that need to be tossed. Paring your collection down to the items that you really care about will motivate you to keep everything organized and tidy.

Take Measurements

Next, measure the dimensions of your closet. This gives you an accurate picture of how much space you have to work with, which helps when choosing a closet organization system. Make sure to take vertical measurements as well, because there are ways to utilize that space. When shopping for a closet organizing system, make sure to choose a size that's big enough but still leaves some room to work with.

Decide How to Group Clothing

Now you're ready to decide on how to organize your clothes. You can group them by outfit, so all you have to do in the morning is choose which ensemble you want to wear. For example, group pants and skirts with the tops that coordinate with them so there's no guesswork.

Or, consider color-coordinating your items. By hanging clothes of the same color together, you can quickly mix-and-match outfits. This strategy also gives your closet a visually appealing appearance.

Another way to arrange your clothes is grouping by type of item. For example, designate a space for all of your pants and skirts, then hang all of your shirts beside them. If you have dressy items that you don't wear every day, keep those in towards the back of your closet. The items you wear most often should be the easiest to reach.

Try Open Shelving

All of your clothes don't have to be put on hangers; in fact, some types of apparel are best kept folded on shelves. Open shelves are a great solution for folded items because they let you see what's there, instead of having to dig through dresser drawers.

Fold your jeans and keep them on open shelving to save hanging space and help you find them easier. They don't need to be kept on a hanger, which is why many clothing stores fold and stack jeans to display them. Sweaters are also great for open shelves; hanging them can stretch the delicate fibers.

Use Vertical Space

Using vertical space can go a long way towards achieving a well-organized closet. In addition to wall shelving, you can hang an organizer over the closet door. Many of these hanging organizers have compartments for safely stashing lingerie and other small items, while some are designed especially for keeping shoes organized. The great thing about organizational accessories is that you can use them in a way that works best for you.

Do an Annual Closet Check

Once you've got your closet organized, it's easy to keep it that way. Once a year, perform a closet check. Go through all of your clothing and take out anything you haven't worn in the past year. These rarely-worn items can be traded for cash at a thrift or consignment shop. Or, sell them via online auction or give them to a friend or relative who'd get more use out of them. By purging your wardrobe, you'll make room for fresh new fashions; plus, it's easier to keep your closet arranged properly if it's not overloaded with unnecessary items.

Closet organization is a task that can be easy and even fun. With a little planning, you can create a beautifully organized closet that simplifies your routine and helps you make the most of your wardrobe.