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I have too many clothes, well, some think so. I love buying at thrift stores, consignment shops, and clearance racks. The problem is they get lost in a closet that should have enough room. Even if you have enough room, I promise there is a shirt, pair of jeans, or something you can't find. I have always had this problem - "I am woman" may apply. However, I am extremely organized, sounds like a contradiction I know, somehow I'm positive I am not alone.
The solution is so simple once I got a few ideas. First, we all know the basics (if not I will list some) sort hanging clothes by color and then by long sleeve or short, or if you live where I grew up, by season. For the things that always fall of the hanger, I have a solution that doesn't require buying hundred dollar hangers or using wire ones that ruin your clothes. Separate items like camis, tanks, silks, etc. and put aside for now. Set aside jeans and slacks also. NOW we are ready for a brand new closet, where you can find everything and nothing is on the floor!
You can buy plastic hangers on sale by the dozen everywhere, I have even seen them in thrift stores (if sterilized and cleaned, they are fine). Plastic hangers do not ruin your clothes like wire ones do. They also come in many colors, so I like different ones for separate people's closets. You can also use different colors for separate items in your own closet. For the item that continually fall off, what you need is tape, yes electrical tape will solve your problem. You just wrap tape in two areas on both sides of the hanger - this way the small straps sit very securely. Silks have resistance that make is so they don't just slip off.
Second, hang VERTICAL. It's easy - all you need is the paper clips that are larger, usually in colors can be purchased for practically nothing any where from dollar store to office supply stores. Take the paper clip (larger size best) and put over the hook part of hanger, then bend up making a J shape. The paper clip easily goes over hanger hook. Once over, you simply bend it upward. This allows you to hang another item going vertical, YES up and down, saving so much space. I usually hang 3 items per hanger depending on weight and length of clothing. For pants and shirts, it's a life saver. So much more space, and if organized by color, it's very easy to find on those days when "I cant find a thing to wear" applies. I found I had almost two of everything.The things that before were on the shelf now hang, leaving the shelf for baskets with belts, scarves, and even socks if short on drawer space!
It looks like a professional did it, all coordinated by long and short sleeve, nothing on the floor, and so much more room. While purchasing large paper clips, pick up a few large file clips. They work excellently for hanging skirts! Don't waste all that money on what they say is miracles, when it's so easy to do it yourself. Once it's started, it's so easy to keep it up and always be able to find what you are looking for! All of your friends will be amazed! It's like building a new space. I now go by the rule 1 new thing, 1 old thing donated - so everybody wins. Try it! It takes a few hours if you have larger closets ,things out of place or on the floor, but so worth while when complete.
With the money you saved, go out and buy shoe boxes (they go on sale for 1-2 dollars), label them, and throw out the old paper boxes. Even if you can only get a couple at a time, once done you will never look at those ads for professional closet organizers, buy costly hangers, or wish for another closet again!
Good luck and please show all your friends how "thrifty" you really are.
By Luana M. from San Diego, CA
To add to these ideas, please know that you can wash old plastic hangers on the top shelf of your dishwasher. They come out dazzling clean and sanitary.
When my Mom passed she had hundreds. I washed them and gave them to a nursing home because they're easier for the arthritic to handle.
Wonderful! Great ideas! I have a suggestion which might be less expensive than the file clips. I use the pinch clothes pins to hang my slacks and skirts on wire hangers so that they are hanging from the waist. I also use the clothes pins for chip clippers and to hold closed my large bags of frozen veggies which have been opened. Even bags of tater tots and frozen fries can be held closed with these things.
I recently moved to a new house so I dedicated the smallest bedroom as a "closet." I liked the big box store closest systems but they were not in my budget. after studying the displays, I decided they could be easily duplicated for a fraction of the cost. I bought the rods in 6 & 8 ft lengths along with the mounting hardware. I used boards that I stained, that mounted to the walls, then the hardware. I made 3 different heights along one side of the room. I also picked up some bookshelves from the thrift store that I use for shoes & baskets for accessories. It's still a work in progress but now I don't have to worry about packing up my seasonal clothing!
By coville123 from Brockville, Ontario
Twist rubberbands around the ends of plastic coat hangers to keep clothing from slipping off.
By Janet from England
All the hooks of my hangers start out the same way; however, when I've worn something once and it is good enough for a second wear before washing, I put it back on the hanger but the hook faces the opposite way. That way, I can tell what has already been worn once.
Another benefit to this method is to see how many of your clothes you really do wear. If some of the hangers haven't been turned maybe you really don't need that too small, too big, out-of-style blouse (or trousers, etc.) anymore.
By sooz from Bradford, ON
My household has trouble telling the difference between black and navy slacks/trousers in the closet. I purchased black plastic hangers and blue plastic hangers and hang the right color on the corresponding hanger in the laundry room, where the light is brighter. Now it is easy to see the color you want in the closet by the hanger color. No more navy pants with black pattern shirts on my husband!
By loves parties from Chillicothe, MO
It's the time of year where back to school, moving to a new apartment, or just making good use of your space is at it all time high. There are good tips to make more room, sort out the old, and shop your closet, hopefully saving you time and money.
I don't have a dresser, so my clothes are hung up. One of the things I found vexing was where to keep my socks. This is the idea I came up with. Hang a grocery bag from the little slots you find on most plastic hangers these day.
Buy a box of shower curtain rings. Slide the rings on ONE hanger and hang the tank tops by the shoulders on each ring. Great for about 6-8 tank tops on just one hanger and they don't get all wrinkled like they do if you store them in a drawer.
If you organize your wardrobe you'll save time, money, and avoid clutter. I hang clothing by type, season, then color. For example, long sleeve tops in one corner of the wardrobe, skirts in another, short sleeved tops, pants, and jackets in another section.
The key to a happy closet is organization, but sometimes that price of that organization doesn't make you happy. There are alternatives to these often pricey shelving systems and organizers.
I sorted my children's closets. I had four boxes for sorting things: toss, donate, keep, and a box for things that belong somewhere else in the house.
When I had my daughter, we had all these dresses with matching bloomers. I added clear sandwich bags to all of the hangers for the dresses and put the bloomers in them so they were always together and easy to find.
Tips to help you organize your closet. First, get rid of stuff you don't wear. If you can't tell what you don't wear, he's how to figure that out: Hang up everything.
You can never have too much space in your closet! If you're looking for ways to organize your bedroom closet to get the most use out of a small space then keep reading. The following suggestions might just help you find the room that you need.
When hanging my clothes in my closet on the wire rack, instead of hanging them on the bottom bar where the clothes get all scrunched up together, I hang them on the top bar, placing one hanger in the space between each of the cross bars.
I find that room in my closet is essential to lessening my stress. If you are the same, I have a cool idea I came up with that you might like.
We have a small house with very little storage room. One of the best things we ever did was to invest in an inexpensive closet organizer. It has helped us make room for several items that we had no idea where they would go.
Since my closet is full of sizes 10 to 18 in pants I had the hardest time going through my closet looking for the correct size. I have now separated them into sizes and use size tags for me to find the size I need with no hassle.
I recently bought some really nice hangers with a velvet type of covering on them so garment won't slip. They are extremely thin like wire hangers, which is great to save space, but when you hang a pair of pants, or linens on a wire or very thin hangers you get BIG time creases.
Know which clothing you wear by reversing the direction of all your hanger heads, now wear what you want and launder as usual, when you return laundered clothes to the closet rehang the hanger in the other direction.
I have discovered that taking out the rods and shelf and any other parts of a normal closet and changing the inside will give you much more storage space. You might even be able to get rid of one dresser.
I got a free display rack with a bunch of poles that I disassembled. I hung them flat but 2 inches from the wall out and added a ledge to support the weight and a bar across the top to prevent them from falling forward.
Keep your closet organized by getting rid of clothing that you no longer wear. A good way to find out what you wear is to take all the hangers and turn them around so they are facing the wrong way.
I buy children's plastic coat hangers to hang my t-shirts and camisoles. The indentations on the hanger keep the straps from falling off the hanger. I no longer get flustered when the tees fall off the hangers.
This is a guide about using soda can tabs to double wardrobe space. To help organize your clothes closet you can add room for more hangers by using can opening tabs.
Hang clothes backwards and rehang them forward after each use. After one year, everything still backwards can be donated.
An easy way to free up drawer space and keep your sweaters nice shape is to buy a hanging organizer, I just bought a Martha Stewart one at Kmart for $9...
Hanging pants up with clothespins becomes a problem with the female shaping of pants so I began hanging mine upside down by the bottom hem. It even creates more room on the rod because the bulk is at the bottom.
When I organize my closet, I put all my slacks in one area on hangers, my blouses in one area on hangers, my sweaters all in one area on hangers, my purses in one area on hangers.
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I have a lot of clothes and I can't seem to find the right shirt when I want it, then the next day i find it! It's so annoying, I wish there was some way to organize my closet and drawers. Any suggestions whould be greatly appreiciated! THANKS,
Hi! I just love organizing my closet! I use those "magic hangers" You can hang 5 or more garments on one plastic hanger with vertical holes. A hanger goes into each one, so in the space of one hanger you have 5 garments. I hang one area for Blazers, for knit tops, one for dress tops, and sweaters. put them in according to color. The clothes I wear the most I put in the middle The clothes i wear the least go to the back of the closet Oh I got my magic hangers on Ebay!
This is a completely free way to find what you want to wear each day-get your outfit ready the night before.
My daughter would never have time in the morning to find all the pieces and accesories that she wanted to wear to school, but doing it the night before lets her have plenty of time to get it just right!
Organize by shape. For example, put all short-sleeved shirts together, then long-sleeved shirts, then short skirts, then long skirts, then pants. You may have to get creative, depending on the fit between your storage space and your clothing. For example, I have three sock drawers, one big and two small. The big one has my short socks. One small one has my black and red (and maroon and grey) knee socks and tights. The other has all my other knee socks, tights, and hose.
Or organize by use. Have everything you use all the time in the most convenient place, and things you use only for special or specialized occasions in another place. You may even want to box up (and label) winter things when it gets warm enough--just having more room should help you find things.
Another way to organize clothes that are hanging up is by color.
I have one section for dresses, skirts and robes(anything long). Then I have one section for shirts divided into long sleeve shirts, T-shirts, and other shirts(button up or dressier t-shirts), all in order by color. I have one section of pants and shorts. My sweats are all folded on the top shelf. My drawers are used only for PJ's, undies & bras, socks, and the top drawer is for jewelry. I always pick out my clothes the night before. It's a lifesaver!
I haven't worked outside the home in years so all my clothes are very casual. I used to have the bigger walk in closet in our bedroom but let my husband have that as he has more clothes and I took the smaller one....still it's plenty big. All my clothes are in there....both Winter/Summer. I keep summer tops and pants on the right and Winter on the left. Shorts I keep in a dresser drawer but have thought to start hanging those as well.
I lay out my children's clothes in the morning or the night before if I think of it.
Have you heard of Polyvore? It is a cool website. Your question makes me think that it could be used in a way to help one's self to organize things. In looking at many of the member pages there & the groups they create I am sure there is a way! I just haven't figured it out yet! Join free. Find articles of clothing/shoes/accessories & so on or if you can't find an exact match try a similar item.
You don't have to publish your work & you can make notes to yourself saying something like:
This top is ______ in my closet by _____ or something like that!
You can only use so many items in each set you create & I forgot the number of items they let you use - but you can make as many sets as you want to! And as you can see yourself, there are many talented people who use that website! I LOVE to view their work! Their picture cache (it seems) is supplied by the many many many online shopping sites & catalogs & also photo sharing sites! Give it a whirl! Also, you can redecorate you whole house there using the items available through search options,room layouts all kinds of wonderful things! It is really impressive!
I have made a few sets for fun - it's a little like a dollhouse!
I have little space in my closet. How can I make more room for other things that need to go in it, like shoes, my purses, etc.
By Danette from Evergreen Park, IL
I have the same problem only I have to use half of my closet for storing things like the Christmas tree. I have one of those over the door shoe racks, the metal kind that has kind of foot shaped thing to hand shoes on, I also hang my purses on that. You can get under the bed storage units special for shoes. I have also seen something that looks like a bed skirt that has compartments in it for shoes, purses, etc. Then there is another solution, get rid of some things.
Do what ever works best for you. Not everybody likes the same thing.
I just gave away all my cheap plastic clothes hangers and purchased some from Bed, Bath, and Beyond called Razor Thin. A box of 50 is $19.99 and I used an expired $5.00 coupon (they take expired ones). They take up so much less room and look much nicer than the plastic ones. Just a little thing but now I have one side of my closet free of clothes.
I recently redid my closet. I installed two ventilated wire shelves. One as high as I could reach (for shirts,etc.)(If you aren't very tall, keep a little footstool in the closet.) and one below (for slacks). I measured about how long an average blouse was and installed the second shelf an inch or so below that measurement. Be sure when you measure that the slacks clear the floor. If you need a longer space for dresses, don't make the second shelf as long as the first. (Home Depot sells ventilated wire closet systems and there is a rod you can buy to support the shorter shelf since it won't be near a wall.) (You can use it to help support the upper shelf.) This should free up some space. I then added one of those stackable shoe cubbies. You can get some clear plastic containers for your purses. Your purse can be seen, yet stacked and protected from dust.
A few other things to consider, Danette: The clothes hangers that store about five pairs of skirts or pants, even though they cost more, really save a lot of space in closets. A hanger style shoe storage unit allows you to keep the most used shoes within easy access and the less used shoes can be stored on the floor or on high shelves in shoe boxes (which also help them stay clean) with a simple photo, (regular copy paper print, don't waste money on photo quality paper) of each shoe taped to the box for easy recognition.
Similarly, place smaller purses within larger purses and take a picture and print out a thumb nail photo page of all bags included to attach to the largest purses and bags as you hang the largest ones somewhere in the closet. Buy an appropriately sized plastic bin for other accessories (scarves, belts, etc.) and do the same thing with the thumb nail photos on cheap copy paper. This idea will not only save you space, it will be a constant visual reminder of all that you have to consider putting together for a good look.
I'm not so good about this next suggestion, but my sister swears by it: Every time you buy a new item, (clothes, purses, shoes, accessories, etc.,) get rid of an older item and donate it to a good charity. Then again, I have more closet storage than she does so maybe that's a moot point! :-) Good luck!
I need to clean out my clothes closet. I have piles of clothes and hangers. I am feeling overwhelmed. I don't know where to start.
My friend is expecting her first baby in September, she lives with her parents in a very small 2 bedroom house. She's trying to look for ideas on how to organize her closet (which is super small) so she can fit his clothes along with her's in there. Does anyone have any tips or ideas that are cheap?