Organized Homes Series: Mastering the Master Closet
Do you have mountains of clothing, tags hanging from brand new blouses, or corners full of unworn items that no longer fit? For this part of our series, we’re taking on the dreaded master closet.
The benefits of organizing the master closet go beyond a picture-perfect space. It can help get rid of items you’ve held onto, used items you have forgotten about, and even help cut your morning routine in half by knowing exactly where things are. You don’t need custom racks, shelving and built in drawers to achieve a functional closet space. Similar to our Organized Home Series: Linen Closet Makeover, you also want to start here fresh and clear.
A great tip is to purge as you go. While you’re getting items out of your closet, start a pile with clothing you know at first sight is not a ‘keep’ item. Utilize this time to act as a first round of clearing out; creating piles of keep, donate, and sell items. Once your closet is all clear, you can get to organizing!
Step 1: Hang vs. Fold
The first step is determining what items should be folded, which should be hung up, and which ones can be tossed into a decorative basket and left on a shelf. How do you know if your jeans should be hung, shorts clipped and skirts flowing freely from a hanger, rather than folded into a drawer?
You can hang these items along with your blouses and shirts to avoid wrinkling, but it does depend on the space you are given and your preference. If you do not have built in storage drawers, using decorative baskets on shelves for items like work out clothing, bathing suits, socks, pajamas and more is a solution. These items don’t usually wrinkle or need to be ironed if they do.
Step 2: Grouping by Style and Color
Organizing clothing by color and style can take a while to get used to, but it makes a world of difference. Work your way from the front to the back of the closet as you begin to put items back on the shelves. It’s best to determine what colors of clothing are your go-to most worn items and start with these. Keep them up front where they are most easily accessible. Our tip is to not only color coordinate your clothing, but inside each color, organize by sleeve length. This helps you pair tops and bottoms much quicker when you’re in a hurry.
Step 3: Shoe Storage
Shoes can be stored in multiple, very functional ways. If you are going for complete organization and have a large space to work with, use clear storage boxes with lids. You can find large quantities at an affordable price at The Container Store. This not only give you great visibility to all of your shoes but it’s a great option for stacking and maximizing storage as well as keeping dust away.
Wooden shoe racks are also a great option and many of them stack easily and hold large quantities of shoes while giving your closet a clean, streamlined look. For flip flops and other flat sandals, use a basket and store them vertically; this allows you to pick and choose from them quickly.
Step 4: Accessories
What fits under the “accessories” category? Everything. You can find specialty hangers at Bed Bath and Beyond or The Container Store that work for both belts and scarves. You can also find creative storage options for your purses, hats, and jewelry at these locations. From hooks and hangers to large wall mounted storage units, getting creative with these accessory items is easy. Do keep in mind the space you are given, though. If you are limited on wall space, consider a rack to hang on the back of your door or again, getting baskets dedicated to each item type that sit nicely on your shelves.