Week 3: Checklist for a Beautiful Closet

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):

  1. Use thick plastic hangers, all in one color.
  2. Avoid wire hangers.
  3. 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.
  4. Face all clothes in one direction.
  5. 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.
  6. Organize each group by color starting with white and ending in black; use the same color progression in every area.
  7. Start with sleeveless, graduate to short sleeves and end with long.
  8. 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.

Read these other closet organizing articles:
Week 3 Introduction
Closet Design Tips
Clean Closet Inspiration
Our Emotional Relationship to Stuff

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