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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!
Use shower curtain hooks. I put about 10 on each hanger then hang up the clothes. Put each piece on a seperate hanger and hang onto the curtain hooks. It works good when you don't have a lot of closet space.
By coville123 from Brockville, Ontario
Twist rubberbands around the ends of plastic coat hangers to keep clothing from slipping off.
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.
My household has trouble telling the difference between black and navy trousers in the closet. I purchased black plastic hangers and blue plastic hangers and hang the right color on the corresponding hanger.
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.
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.
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.