Organized closets are key

Eight tips to quell the chaos

Mornings can be busy. You’ve got to get the kids ready for school, feed the dog, pack lunches and still make it to the office on time. Anything that gets in your way can only add stress to an already jam packed period. So when you’re running around trying to get yourself ready, not being able to find the outfit you want can be a huge problem.

That’s why keeping an organized closet can be useful to a person’s daily routine says Sheri Klawitter, a design consultant at California Closets.

“You will know when to take things to the dry cleaners, what to wear on a given day … [and] what you no longer need,” Klawitter says.

She also says people generally get stressed out when their closets are a mess.

“When it looks chaotic, it feels chaotic,” she says.

However, with a bit of organization Klawitter says this level of stress can be reduced.

“A lot of times it comes down to aesthetics,” she says. “You feel better if your place is orderly.”

For those looking to get their closets organized Klawitter offers eight suggestions:

1) Style matters, so does colour

Grouping clothes and other items together based on style or colour makes it easier to pick the ideal outfit, Klawitter says.

“It takes less time [because]…you’ll know exactly what to wear and where to find it.”

2) Avoid a shoe frenzy

Organizing shoes on shelves or clear boxes are a great way of making them easily accessible says Klawitter. She says it increases the likelihood of finding the right shoes to match your outfit or needs for that given day.

3) If you can’t fold it, don’t hang it

It’s recommended that items that cannot be folded be placed in drawers instead, and items that can be folded placed on shelves. Klawitter says this will help preserve precious hanging space for the clothes that need it.

4) Going forward, try going backward

Turning all of the hangers the wrong way in a closet can be an excellent organization tool. Klawitter says after the item is worn you should turn the hanger around so you can see what outfits you’re wearing and which one’s you’re not.

“This will allow you to clearly identify what has not been worn in a while, and perhaps consider donating or selling [them].”

5) Accessories, please

Accessorizing your closet can help save space says Klawitter. Belt, tie, or scarf rack, hampers and slide out baskets are all worthy of consideration as not only do they save space, but they declutter your closet as well.

6) Labeling done right

Labeling shelves can be particularly useful for those who share a closet, or have others organize their clothes for them, Klawitter says. She says certain clients complain that their maids don’t put their clothes where they prefer them to be.

“If you have someone working for you, they would know exactly where to put things,” she says.

7) Play it by the season

Putting clothes aside depending on the season is instrumental in maintaining closet space, Klawitter says.

“It helps each person find their daily stuff [for the season] without having to go through unnecessary items.”

She also says it helps save time when searching for clothes or other items.

8) Hire a design consultant

As a consultant, Klawitter and her colleagues will go to a client’s home and determine the organization system that best fits that person’s needs.

“Everyone’s needs are different,” she says. “[We] give them ideas they wouldn’t think of.”

Klawitter also says that a consultant can help the find other storage areas in the homes if the closet space is insufficient.

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Posted: Apr 15 2013 4:36 pm
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Edition: Toronto