The Clothes Closet

Diane LeWand LeWand Organizing

Here is another installment in our series of closet organizing posts. The first post focused on the Entry Hall closet and included some closet basics that are repeated in this post.

Getting Started

It goes without saying that a good purge is the first order of the day when you are struggling with limited closet space.  [If you don’t wear it, if it doesn’t fit, if it is out of fashion, if it reminds you of something or someone you don’t want to remember, or if you don’t feel your best in it, toss it or donate it.]

Closet Basics

  • Use the same type of hanger for every item to create uniformity and reduce the overall space required. Unless you are hanging heavy garments which definitely benefit from a sturdy wooden hanger, thin, suede-like hangers will hold the garments securely without adding bulk.
  • Have all of the garments facing in the same direction. It squeezes out every bit of space.
  • Hang “like with like”. Group shirts, jackets, pants, dresses, etc. together to make finding items faster and easier.
  • Place longer garments to one side of the closet to make it easier to access storage on the floor.
  • Add a liner to the shelves. It will keep items clean and help garments slide in and out more easily.

More Options to Consider

  • If there is enough height for another shelf between the existing shelf and the ceiling, inexpensive coated wire shelving can double the space. This is a great place to put clear bins or baskets for out of season or special occasion items. Be sure to label the front with the contents. You can use the lower shelf for current season sweaters, sweatshirts or t-shirts, jeans or any other folded garment.
  • An additional row of coated wire shelves on the floor will double the storage at the bottom of the closet (and if you followed my suggestion of hanging the longer items to one side, access to them will be much easier).
  • Turning shoes heel to toe, side by side takes up less space than having both facing one way.
  • Storing shoes and boots that are worn infrequently in their original boxes or clear plastic containers will help keep the area clean and neat.
  • If you have empty space on the end walls of the closet [or the inside of the door], try adding some sturdy stick-on hooks to hold handbags, totes, belts, etc.

If you arrange your closet using the tips above, the improved ease of getting dressed will more than compensate for the time spent organizing. My next blog in this series will cover the linen closet. Look for that in early 2018.

About Diane

Diane Lewand

In the 25+ years Diane spent in the business world as a project manager, she learned solving problems takes understanding, clarity of thought and a systematic approach. Six years ago, she decided to use her experience and innate organizational skills to help people create order in their lives. Diane works side by side with her clients to free up their space and time to create a simpler and more comfortable home.

LeWand Organizing will help you “Make More Room In Your Life!”


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