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Organizing Your Closet

Now is the perfect time to reevaluate the way you're organizing closet space. And the key to success is so simple: make your closet work for you. Your closet should be clean, well ventilated and pest free. And ideally, you should have matching hangers and a place for everything.

Inventory first

The best way to help those in need is to get rid of the clothing you haven't worn in years. Bite the bullet, admit you'll never wear it again, and donate it to a charity of your choosing. You'll feel better knowing your clothes have gone to good use, and your new closet space will open up in front of you.

Seasonal storage

With a new season approaching, some clothing won't see the light of day for months at a time. Try to pack away what you don't need — it'll save room and protect your clothing while it's not in use.

Make your closet comfortable

A messy closet can sometimes feel like a black hole: it's dark, scary, and when you throw stuff in there it disappears. So make your closet someplace you don't mind visiting. Bright lighting will help you find what you need.

Find a home for odds and ends

Do you have tons of undershirts? Or are shoes your guilty pleasure? Find out which odds and ends get disorganized fast, and then find a solution. Woven baskets or floor racks will give you a place for those little extras.

Know how you handle clothes

Do you fold your underwear or toss it to the side? Don't be afraid to admit it. Be proud of your fancy-free tossing ways, and move to a system that'll work for you. Instead of using a stately drawer, try tossing underwear into an open bin or a little basket.

Clothing storage in the closet

Make sure clothes are completely clean and dry before storing. And if you keep worn clothing and clean clothing in the same space, separate them. Even the smallest crumb can beckon pests.


A neat stack of folded garments allows you to instantly assess your wardrobe (not to mention makes you look impressively organized).

  • Fold knit tops and sweaters to avoid stretching, misshapen shoulders and indentations.
  • To prevent crushing and keep the pile stable, stack the bulkiest sweaters on the bottom.
  • To further protect knits and reduce wrinkling, fold in the "arms-tucked-behind" manner (not the "in-half-down-the-front" method).
  • Button all buttons and zip all zippers before folding. This simple task helps hold clothes together, reduces wear and preserves garment shape.
  • Use acid-free tissue paper among folded items (both between items and within the garment itself) when storing long term.


A little thought and hanger investment goes a long way toward protecting your clothes and allows you to more easily see your outfit options.

  • Use uniform hangers to hang clothes at the same level. This way you will see all your choices and won't "lose" a favorite piece.
  • Try hanging by color or type of clothing
  • Avoid hanging bulky items like sweatshirts — save space by storing them in a chest or drawer
  • Use padded hangers for jackets and other structured items to retain shape.
  • To prevent shirts from sliding off the hanger and help retain collar shape, fasten at least the top two buttons and a middle one.
  • To avoid fiber breakdown, remove plastic bags from dry-cleaned items.
  • Hang flat-fronted ants evenly suspended by the outermost sides of the waistband. Fold creased pants along the crease and clip at the edges of the waistband. Never overstretch a waistband between clips because it stresses the seams and may permanently stretch fabric.
  • Don't pack clothes too tight — they tend to wrinkle and get hard to manage

Best hangers for the investment:

  • Plastic tubular or wooden hangers (with grooves for shoulder straps)
  • Basic clip hangers (with rubber-lined clips)
  • Clamp hangers (may leave marks and some not wide enough)
  • Tiered hangers (can cause too much bulk and clutter)