4 Organization Tips for Walk-In Closets

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4 Organization Tips for Walk-In Closets

Rachael Weiner · Mar 12, 2010

Walk in closets are a dream for any apartment owner. Since most apartments have limited storage space to begin with, a walk in closet will most likely serve the dual role of storage of both your wardrobe and non-wardrobe items. To simplify your life, you should keep your walk in closet as organized as possible. Follow these organizational tips for ease in use.

1. Designate Specific Areas for Specific Items

The best way to stay organized is to have a place for everything. Especially in a case where you’ll be storing all kinds of items in your walk in closet, not just clothing and accessories, you should assign designated areas for specific things. Items you’re purely storing, not using (like keepsakes), should be kept on the highest shelves. Items you use on a daily basis should be in easily accessible areas or in direct line of sight. Scarves should stay on a shelf set aside for scarves and books should stay in a bin in the back of the closet (and so on).

You’ll save yourself a lot of time-and searching-if you know the exact area to find what you’re looking for. You’ll also be most successful when you clearly separate clothing items from non clothing items. For simplicity sake, it may be easiest to place all of your wardrobe on one side of the closet and everything else on the other side.

2. Use Bins and Containers

Sometimes shelving and clothing rods aren’t enough to keep your closet organized. For very little money you can purchase stack-able Rubbermaid containers and canvas storage boxes to give your closet a sleek and clean look. Not only that, you can easily label the bins so you know exactly what’s inside. Bins and boxes make it more difficult for piles to accumulate in your closet and are great places to store loose items that you’d otherwise have to fold and put in a drawer.

3. Organize Clothing by Season and Color

Specific to your wardrobe, you should organize all garments in such a fashion that you can easily dress yourself in the morning. Hang all coats together, tee shirts together, dresses together (and so on). Organizing your clothing by season will streamline the look of your closet and make your life easier. As each season changes, switch the order in which your clothes are hung so that the current season is up front in your closet and the season that has just passed is hanging clear in the back.

4. Clear Out Your Closet Often

As with any room in your house, you’ll be most organized if you keep it free of clutter. Go through your closet every couple of months to get rid of anything you no longer need or to reorganize your clothing and belongings. Taking one day every now and then to clean your walk in closet will keep your life in order on all of the other days.

Clothing organizing isn’t difficult and can actually be fun, especially when you have space to work with. Arrange your closet so that everything is in its place and you’ll be satisfied with the ease of use and aesthetic.

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Rachael Weiner: I’m a communications professional for a non-profit, which financially necessitates my status as an apartment dweller. Constantly “on-the-go,” I’ve resided in five different apartments across the United States over the past five years. Roommate issues, budgeting, organizing and handling problem neighbors are my specialty.

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