Follow these eight guidelines for an organized closet that seems to hand you the exact piece of clothing you need (instead of dropping it on your head):
- Use thick plastic hangers, all in one color.
- Avoid wire hangers.
- Remove the plastic covers the cleaners send home with your clothes; if they need to be covered (summer whites, for instance), place them in canvas bags.
- Face all clothes in one direction.
- Group by type of clothing (skirts, jackets, vests, blouses, suits etc.). Some women must keep outfits together; others are willing to separate skirts and jackets, etc. and create new combinations.
- Organize each group by color starting with white and ending in black; use the same color progression in every area.
- Start with sleeveless, graduate to short sleeves and end with long.
- Get shoes off the floor! Stacking racks are wonderful; canvas shoe bags that hang on the back of the closet door work well; if you have the space and you need to see an item to remember it exists, try clear plastic shoeboxes.