"They went into my closets looking for skeletons, but thank God, all they found were shoes, beautiful shoes."~Imelda Marcos
It's gotten to where I can't find what I'm looking for in my closet. That's because closets are sort of 'living' things- they evolve. Their character changes over time. In some ways they reflect our mental, emotional and physical state. A messy closet looks sick. A clean, well organized and well lit closet is, well, kinda sexy.
As with all living things, they need care- regular upkeep and 'grooming.' And I've been a bit neglectful of late. So, *sigh* that was the obvious choice for my blog this week. (Guess what I'll be doing this weekend?)
During my research I haven't come across any better ways to arrange things than the old standbys; by color, by type, or by function (work, casual.) If you chose to organize by color, (all items of the same color grouped together) you might chose to further subcategorize all types within that color together as well (all shirts together, all pants, etc.) Or, should you decide to group by type, you can subcategorize by color, etc. Beyond these simple, obvious methods are an infinite number of ways you can customize and tweak things to your specific needs and satisfaction.
The following are tips, reminders and a few helpful links to make your closet the best it can be-
If space is an issue, be sure to use every square inch with hanging shoe racks, hanging shelves, etc. Customize your closet as much as possible.
It's always visually 'neater' to have all one kind and color hanger; or, different color hangers (preferably the same brand) for different type of clothing or for different functions. Remember that slim, flocked hangars take up less space and 'grab' clothes so they don't fall off so easily.
If you don't have enough space for all your hanging clothes, think about one of those short bars to make a double rod for shirts, skirts and folded pants- http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/store/product/double-hang-commercial-grade-closet-rod-in-chrome/1015040149?categoryId=12209
If you live in cramped quarters, consider using a curtain system of some kind, rather than sliding or folding doors. This takes up less space, and allows you to see everything at once when the curtains are open.
Here's an idea I love- use clear plastic drawers to store undies and odds and ends; you can see at a glance where everything is- http://www.containerstore.com/shop/closet/shoeStorage/shelf?productId=10000103
While organizing, be conscious of which things you use most often, and give them the most accessible spots in your closet and dresser.
Also don't forget under bed storage bins- good for less used items or out of season things.
Keep folded items and purses neat and tidy on shelves with shelf dividers like these- http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/store/product/Lynk-Shelf-Divider/3184177?device=c&network=g&matchtype=&mcid=PS_googlepla_nonbrand_storage_&gclid=CPO-1tGex70CFa9cMgodDAgAKg
Don't forget to install some lighting if needed- you need to be able to see what's in there.
With regular care and upkeep your closet can be a healthy, functional and beautiful beast-