Want to know the secrets to an organized closet? Here's how

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An unorganized closet can add chaos and time to your daily routine.
An unorganized closet can add chaos and time to your daily routine.

Having an organized closet is not an impossible dream. With a little bit of work and an open mind, you can have an orderly closet that will be a time saver when getting out the door in the morning. Here are a few secrets you need to know.

Would I wear this again?

If not — let it go. Don’t save an item that you have not worn all season this year and convince yourself you’ll wear it next year. Most likely, you won’t. If the items are still in good shape, donate them to someone who can use them.

Use all the same hangers

Having the same hangers gives a closet a streamlined appearance. We recommend thin felt hangers as they allow you to store more in your closet and the felt keeps items from sliding off the hanger.

Divide clothes by type

Organizing by type makes it easy to see what you have and coordinate outfits. Some types would be pants, long sleeve shirts, short sleeve shirts, blazers, etc.

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Use bins on shelves

Bins are a great way to store items neatly on shelves. No more falling clothes. Organize handbags, sweaters or off-season clothes in bins and if they’re not clear, label each bin so you can find what you need quickly.

Use the vertical space and floor

Don’t waste closet space — use all of the vertical space. If your closet has high ceilings, install another shelf to store items. Utilize storage options that can be stored on the floor. A rolling cart with storage bins is a perfect option.

Store shoes in cubbies or clear shoeboxes

Avoid throwing shoes at the bottom of your closet. They get very dusty and hard to find. Protect the investment you made in purchasing your shoes by storing them in clear plastic storage boxes that can be found at the dollar store.

Have a hamper and full-length mirror

To keep dirty clothes separated from the clean ones, have a hamper in or near your closet. It will make it easier to resist the temptation to throw them on the floor. Install a full-length mirror on the inside door of your closet or an adjacent wall so it’s easy to see how you look before you leave for the day.

Look for more organizing tips from Deb in the Observer-Dispatch every other Sunday and on her website decluttercoachdeb.com and dceffconsult.com. You can follow her on social media and watch her TV show Organization Motivation! organizationmotivation.com.

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