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If your closet is a disaster area, it's high time to consider installing a closet system. From simple to grand (and with price tags to match), there are closet systems to meet every budget. And even if you can't pop for a high-end outfit, you'll be happy to know that many inexpensive versions offer some of the same features and benefits. In the following slides, you'll find some of our best closet storage tips for clothes and shoes.
The clothing items that take up the most room should be more readily available. Keep out-of-season clothes, shoes, and accessories in the back of the closet or in another closet; same for those "wish clothes" that don't fit but you can't bear to get rid of.
Sort clothes by category or color to make it easy to find what you need. Insert garment organizers or use multicolored hangers to label your groupings. Also, professional organizers suggest turning all of the hangers in your closet the opposite way. Every time you wear an item, turn the hanger around. After a few months, you can clearly see what clothing items you could live without.
Using double closet rods -- one over the other -- is the best way to squeeze more storage space out of a closet. Be sure to measure the length of each item you'll be hanging there and allow another 6 inches of clearance above and below each rod. Blouses, shirts, skirts, jackets, and kids' clothes will all fit on double rods.
If shoes flood your closet floor, develop a smart strategy for storing them. Keep the shoes you wear all the time accessible on shelves if you have room. Then store seasonal and special-occasion shoes in easy-to-see clear plastic boxes on the top shelf of your closet. Or simply reuse the original box and attach a picture of the shoes to the front of the box.
Whether you have a high ceiling or a cramped attic dormer, it pays to make use of every inch. Even when double rods aren't possible, you can fill the area with drawer units, shelves, or shoe cubbies. Also, make sure to take advantage of the back of the closet door and the valuable space above the top shelf.
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