QC’s Top Tips for Organizing Closets
We can’t stress enough the importance of proper clothing storage. We care about our delicate silk blouses and dress pants too much to let them become wrinkled, snagged, or moth-eaten in unorganized closet spaces. And since we’re clearly so passionate about the topic (we do have our very own Professional Organizing course you know), we thought we’d spend a bit of time today discussing our tricks and tips for organizing closets to keep them functional and hassle-free.
Organizing the closet:
If space allows, divide up your closet into specific ‘zones.’ Hang several rods at different levels instead of using just one. We suggest hanging three rods at three different levels. From the highest, hang long dresses, robes and coats. From the middle rod, hang shorter items like blouses and blazers. The bottom rod is a great place to hang your pants and shorter skirts.
Group your garments by color. Taking a few extra moments to do this while putting away clean laundry can really speed up the dressing process each morning. Creating stylish ensembles with complementary garments will be almost foolproof!
Organize those shoes. We all know how nice it feels to kick off a pair of heels after a long day, but we suggest taking a moment to put them tidily away. Our favorite solution for a mess of shoes is to line up storage cubbies across the bottom of the closet floor. Just toss them right in!
If you’re installing an organizing unit into your closet, we suggest choosing one with movable shelves. This way your closet can transition with you through each fashion season. For example, you may want to allot more shelving to bulky sweaters in the winter, but have more hanging space for long, flowing dresses in the summer months. It’s also a good idea to line the shelves with vinyl sheets – like the ones used in kitchen cupboards. Having a smooth surface to slide your clothing onto will ensure nothing delicate catches and snags.
To preserve delicate tops or heavy coats, line them with white, acid-free tissue paper. This stops fabrics from disintegrating or distorting over time.
Want to know our favorite tip for keeping a closet fresh? Gather up some plain white chalk and hang it from the ceiling of your closet, making sure it doesn’t touch any of your clothing. The chalk will act as a dehumidifier of sorts and stop your clothing from becoming damp and musty.
Organizing dresser drawers:
Accessories Drawer: If you’re going to dedicate a drawer solely to your accessories, there are a few things we would suggest doing before tossing all your pretty baubles in. Line the bottom and sides of the drawer with a think layer of cork, velvet, or any other material that will prevent things from sliding around. This stops delicate jewelry from becoming tangled, and prevents light scarves or fabrics from snagging on any rough patches in the drawers themselves.
Undergarments Drawer: It’s easy for these items to become mixed up and unorganized. Head over to your local storage solution store (one of our favorites is Solutions) and find some small material bins to divvy up the space with. Then just organize your items by type and/or style and you’ll never have to dig around again! Lining this drawer with acid-free tissue paper is a great idea, as it will protect your intimates from splinters and acid in the wood.