How To Organize Your Closet – Part 2

Hopefully you had a chance to catch the blog yesterday. Spring time always brings with it the desire to refresh and renew to clean and purge out the old. And yesterday I shared a few tips from Who What Wear on exactly how to declutter your closet. Today in part two catch the best ways to hang and organize your wares once you clear out the old.


“If you have the space to hang everything, hang everything,” Rapke says. “You’ll wear more if you can see it.”

“Fold the very heavy sweaters so they don’t lose shape on the hanger,” Rapke advises. “Also, cedar is not a myth. It really does prevent moths from getting into your cashmere or wool sweaters. Replace the cedar every six months.” Charlton suggests, “Color code sweaters by weight, and use dividers or cubbies. Use a sweater folding board to make perfect folds. Our Cedar or Lavender-Scented Folding Boards ($42 for set of five) even wards off bugs.”

Rapke says that how you want to organize your jeans is a personal choice. “There are a number of ways to do so—by cut, brand, color, style, size, or none of the above. I tend to go by color and most of my clients prefer it that way, unless they’re die-hard jeans collectors.” Charlton also favors organizing them that way: “Hang by the hem and organize by dark to light denim.”

Rapke’s trick for hanging pants, skirts, and shorts? “Hang them using clips and fold in the sides so the outside of the garment isn’t marked by the clips. This also makes everything look uniform on the hanger and gives it a cleaner side profile in your closet.”

For dresses, Rapke recommends hanging by color rather than length. “I also like to start with strapless and go to long-sleeve. Never leave your dresses, or any other clothes, in the dry cleaning or plastic garment bags. The chemicals from dry cleaning attack the fibers of your clothing and cause damage,” she says. Charlton agrees, choosing to divide dresses “by length” but also “season and day or night.”

“I like purses out of their dust bags and to have as many visible as possible,” Rapke says. “It’s hard to change bags if you can’t see them. They don’t generally get damaged out of their dust bags, so enjoy the view. Scarves folded in piles by color and material works best, and makes it easy to pull one out without ruining the organization of the rest. For hats, I love hat boxes. Take uniform photos of the hats and glue them to the outside of the boxes.”

“I prefer shoes to go right shoe toe out and left shoe heel out so you can see both to make finding what you’re planning to wear easy,” Rapke says. Both she and Charlton organize shoes by color and style. “I always hide tennis shoes and flip-flops in the least seen place,” Rapke says.

“Organize by color, size, and type,” Rapke says. “Make sure to rotate your bras and underwear so you’re not wearing the same few all of the time.” For a luxe touch, Charlton adds, “I line drawers in silk and sometimes do sachet-lined drawers.”

“I am partial to a built-in drawer in one’s closet or dresser in order to keep things neat and uncluttered,” Rapke suggests. “It’s also a great way to see what you have and makes it easy to keep hidden from plain sight.”

Image courtesy of The Coveteur.
Source: Who What Wear

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