The buzzword in organizing today is decluttering. Take a look at any interior design blog, and you’ll be bombarded with instructions to rid your closet of anything that’s considered clutter.
But what if you want to keep your closet neat and still hold on to your possessions? Do you really have to get rid of everything to have an organized closet?
Sure, decluttering serves a purpose. You don’t need three of the same shirt, and you don’t have to keep those jeans that haven’t fit you in over a year.
But if you like clothes, shoes, and accessories, you can still have your wardrobe and keep it organized, too.
It’s not like you’re a packrat. You just know what you like, and you want to hold onto it. There’s nothing wrong with that!
The trick is to store it in a way so it doesn’t look like clutter.
If you’re ready to straighten up your wardrobe, read this. These seven closet essentials will help you get the job done:
When you have no better place to put something but you don’t want to throw it out, boxes are always the best solution. But you don’t want just any collection of boxes cluttering your closet.
Cardboard boxes are magnets for pests like cockroaches. The dry paper and glue make a tasty meal for them. Boxes that were once used to hold food and drinks are even more delectable.
To prevent pests from showing up, opt for fabric storage boxes. Make sure they’re all the same size so you can stack them vertically and save space.
Boxes are great for storing everything from seasonal clothing to rarely-worn shoes.
Really, they’re perfect for anything without a specific home. Just make sure you label them so you remember what is where!
What better place to keep a laundry basket than in your closet? If your closet is big enough, a foldable hamper slides right in.
Instead of letting your laundry basket take up room in a small bathroom or on your bedroom floor, store it in your closet. As an organizational tactic, it makes perfect sense to keep all of your clothes near each other, whether they’re clean or dirty.
If you have extra room on a wall or closet door, a hanging laundry basket is a great option too!
Big things come in small packages, and hooks are yet another shining example of this truth. Who would have thought that such tiny tools could do such mammoth jobs?
Wall hooks are a closet organizer’s secret weapon. The versatility of their design lets you make use of areas that would otherwise go to waste, like high walls and tight corners.
If you’re handy with a screw gun, you can mount hooks to the wall semi-permanently. But if you’d rather not drill holes into the wall, you can use adhesive hooks instead. Either way, these little gadgets offer big organizational value.
Hooks are perfect for purses, jackets, hats, and other awkward-to-store items. By hanging these things on the wall, you’ll save shelf space and keep your accessories in good condition at the same time.
Some things just make sense on a shelf, like heavy blankets and linens. But it can be difficult to keep these bulky items looking neat.
When you need to separate your bulky items in an orderly fashion, shelf dividers are your answer. They’ll keep your sweaters, blankets, and other thick garments from falling over onto each other.
They come in a range of different heights and materials, so it’s easy to find ones that fit your closet. You’ll love how organized your closet looks with mini partitions dividing each shelf!
When you jam too many garments onto your closet rod, they’ll get wrinkled. Even worse, you’ll start to notice nasty odors transferring from one piece of clothing to the next.
There’s only so much room in your closet. But by using magic hangers, you’ll be able to fit more clothes inside it without creating a mess.
Each of these hangers has multiple other hangers on it, so you can fit five or six garments on each one. Ultimately, this allows you to take advantage of your closet’s vertical space. They really are magical!
Hanging Jewelry or Shoe Organizers
The surface area of your door is usually wasted space, but that doesn’t have to be the case.
Grab a folding stool and an over-the-door organizer and start sorting your jewelry or shoes into the little pockets.
You won’t even notice the addition on your door, but you will notice how much extra space you have once you’ve sorted your stuff!
Bonus tip: If you don’t want to leave your valuables on the back of your door, you can also find hanging jewelry organizers. These are easier to hide among hanging clothes.
Vacuum-Sealed Storage Bags
Bulky jackets and extra blankets are great to have around when you need them. But when you don’t, they tend to get in the way. Fight the temptation to toss or donate them if you know you can use them later on.
Put them in a vacuum-sealed storage bags instead. One of these marvels of science can shrink a jacket or blanket down to unrecognizable proportions. The elimination of excess air prevents the buildup of humidity and odors, too.
No matter the size of your closet, you should be able to keep everything you love.
Decluttering is great. It allows you to avoid riding the slippery slope from “having a big wardrobe” to “being a packrat.”
But if you have a lot of things you can’t bear to part with, there’s no reason to get rid of them. It only takes a few strategic essentials to keep them organized.
Experts may say to minimize, but you now know how to maximize your organization instead!
Angus Flynn has five years of experience in managing high-end apartment communities. His ability to consistently deliver white-glove service to his residents and prospects has propelled him into a successful career that now finds him leading the team at 837 Harvard.