Simple Tips for An Ultra Organized Closet

Martha Stewart Living

The current issue of Martha Stewart Living delves into staffer Kevin Sharkey's quest for a well organized closet. He went with a custom design from California Closets that provides space for everything in his wardrobe.

The closet has all sorts of neat perks to help keep things looking good and easy to access: a laundry sorter, slide out valet hook, a combination of drawers of different sizes, trays and bins, plenty of hanging space, mirrors and even a center island for folding and more storage.

Its wired, so cell phones, ipod etc. have their own charging station and different lighting options abound.

Enviable and really nicely designed - just looking over the article has got us ready to do a big closet cleanup this weekend. And while we don't have anything nearing a California Closets system we think that the tips from the article on how to organize your wardrobe will work just as well for those of us with a plain ole standard closet...

Kevins tips:
To Hang: Anything that is likely to wrinkle (linen, rayon, all-cotton shirts) or slide around in a drawer (silks and satins), as well as garments that are pressed or have pleats.

Know when to fold ’em: All knitwear, cotton T-shirts, casual pants ( jeans, khakis, corduroys), and sportswear (in a separate drawer from your other clothes).

Group like with like: Choose a grouping principle that makes sense to you. I organize by kind—button-down shirts, blazers, sweaters—and then by color, from white to black. This helps me know my options right away.

Do clothing checkups: Every six months, it’s a good idea to review your wardrobe. Decide what you want to
keep, what needs repair, and what should be given away or discarded. New acquisitions may demand new storage strategies, such as rearranged shelves, extra bins, or additional rods.

Check out the full article in the February issue of Martha Stewart Living for more tips and inspiration, as well as Kevin's recent blog posts featuring outtakes from the photo shoot and more.

(Images: Johnny Miller/Martha Stewart Living)