10 Easy Tips for a Well Organized and Clean Clothes Closet

10 Easy Tips for a Well Organized and Clean Clothes Closet

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Janel Laban
Dec 9, 2008

It's not the most glamorous subject, but one that is worth thinking about from time to time, especially these days when it is dark and chilly in the mornings. It makes a HUGE difference to the start of your day if you can get your outfit together from a neat, sweet-smelling closet instead of an over-crowded jumbled mess...

1) It's an old rule, but it works: If you haven't worn it in a year, pass it on! Donate items or get together with friends and have a clothing swap party. Weed through your closet at the end of each season and pull what you haven't worn.

2) Add a second hang bar and immediately gain lots of usable space.

3) Add some light (battery powered is fine). Keeping a closet well lit helps make it easier to keep track of where everything is stored.

4) Add hooks and use them for items you use often - pj's, purses, belts.

5) Store as much as you can on shelves: knitwear, t-shirts, jeans and corduroys, scarves and workout wear.

6) Ditch the plastic drycleaning bags. They trap moisture and cleaning chemicals which are bad for clothing.

7) Keep the closet dry and odor free with a box of baking soda (it works here just as well as the fridge!).

8) Vacuum the closet regularly to remove dust, hair and lint.

9) A simple lavender sachet helps to repel moths and adds a nice scent.

10) Store shoes in boxes to help keep them in good shape and to better utilize floor space - you can stack boxes, but not shoes. Just be sure to let them fully dry after wearing to protect them from moisture damage.

- Tips are from all over the web and Martha's Homekeeping Handbook.

For some crazy closet inspiration and a wardrobe worksheet, visit the InStyle section on "Star Closets"...it will make you feel positively frugal about your amount of shoes!

Photo: Jamie Lynn Sigler by Paul Costello/InStyle

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