Create a Smart Closet

A well arranged closet will bring you such joy! Here are some basic tips for turning a small closet or a large one into a more usable space. Far too often we adjust our wardrobe to the closet that presented itself with the house. Conform no more! These tips are quick, easy and inexpensive.

Don’t depend solely on the bar. If you only wear suits and dresses, then a hanging bar may be just fine for you. But, most people need to keep a lot more of their belongings in the closet. Figure out which arrangement of bars and shelves best suits your needs and change it up a bit. You don’t have to get elaborate. You can move your bar up to make room for another one below. You can move it down to make room for shelves above. Divide the closet so that you have shelves on one side and bars on the other. Whatever suits your needs is what is best for you.

Utilize space that normally is ignored or goes unnoticed. If you read closet organization sites, you will notice the term “vertical space” mentioned over and over again. This is because people don’t notice just how much space they are wasting. Shelves can go up to the ceiling. Use bins and other containers to store small items.

The rule of thumb when organizing your closet is to keep the most used items right in front of your face. You can design your whole closet with this concept. Imagine and omni light, bright in the middle and fading out to the edges. The center focal point should be the first thing that you go for in the morning.

Let’s say that you shower and go straight for the closet to get dressed. You should probably have a laundry basket or bin for wet towels directly in front of you or just to the side of your closet. A hook for your robe should be easily reached from the center of your closet. Right in the middle you can install shallow drawers for underwear. Shallow is best because you can actually see what you have. Imagine if your dresser were designed like a large cabinet style tool box. Lots of shallow drawers means that things don’t get crammed to the bottom.

Next come shirts. Do you wear t-shirts? Can you fold and stack them on a shelf for easy access? Maybe put a shelf directly above your drawer. Then your hanging shirts should be right there within reach. Pants, coats, dresses, etc. should be arranged in the order that you normally put them on. Shoes do not have to be on the floor. You wear them every day. Reserve the floor, side areas and top shelves for items that are seldom used.

If you need to make better use of your hanging space after you install drawers and shelves, get specialty shirt hangers and pants hangers that take up less space. You can coordinate outfits so that you can grab them and go, while saving up to half of the space on your bar by hanging them together. Enjoy your smartly designed closet!

About the Author: Charlie Hafter is on the staff of Closet Hanger Factory, a leading online resource for shirt hangers, skirt hangers, pants hangers and dress hangers. Get all of the accessories you could need at, which is recognized worldwide for their excellent quality hangers.