By Nancy Mattia
Using hangers that are identical helps remove visual clutter from your closet, says Jeffrey Phillip, a professional organizer in New York City. Want to eke out some extra space? Use slim-line hangers to make more room for clothing.
If you can see everything inside the closet, you’ll not only have an easier time finding what you need, but you might be motivated to keep the closet tidy.
Why clutter up your closet with shorts and flip-flops when it’s 20 degrees outside? Under-bed boxes let you store out-of-season clothing away from view. “Make sure what you’re storing is clean and that you’re using sealed bins to keep out dust, moths, and critters,” says Phillip.
If an item doesn’t work for you anymore, you can immediately toss it in the handy bag rather than in the back of the closet.
An over-the-door shoe organizer creates storage you didn’t know you had. Use the pockets for everything from toiletries to craft supplies.
Phillip says a basket is perfect for an entryway closet — rather than a clothing closet, which mainly holds larger items — and can be used for storing smaller things like hats, gloves, and scarves.
“Folding sweaters on a closet shelf works very well,” says Phillip, “but if you have extra hanging space, you can also store sweaters over pants hangers,” similarly to the way pants come back from the dry cleaners. “It’ll be easier to see a whole sweater versus a small part of a stacked sweater.”
Store sheets together by set. “I fold every piece of a sheet set to a specific size and then fold them into the flat sheet like a taco,” says Phillip. “This looks neater than storing the set in a pillowcase, which is usually too big and can appear sloppy.” As for towels, store them in piles by size (face cloth, hand, and bath).