14 Tips to Stop Closet Clutter
Is clutter taking over your closets? These simple steps will help you create instant space.
Fold What You Can
Folding clothing, in most cases, will save space. Fold all the clothing you can, stack it in piles, then measure the piles to determine the amount of shelving needed to accommodate them.
Cope with wet stuff in an entry closet by installing a boot tray over a plastic pan. Hang wicker or wire containers on the closet door; they allow ventilation for faster drying of damp gloves and hats. (Some baskets can be folded up when they’re not in use.) Install a grille in the closet door to increase ventilation, or replace it with a louvered door.
Attach a piece of Velcro to the end of a hanger to keep thin straps from sliding off it. Sew a big loop at the neck of kids’ jackets to increase the odds that they will be hung up rather than finding a home on the floor.
Select a different colour or pattern of bed linen for each family member. Whenever a fresh set of linens is needed, it will be easy to pick out the pieces for a particular bed from the linen closet.
Not all closet organizing systems include the mounting hardware in the price. When comparing prices, find out exactly what you will get for your money.
Relieving the Load
When the clothes rod in a closet sags under too much weight, replace it with a length of galvanized pipe placed inside PVC piping. Remove the manufacturer’s name from the PVC pipe with lacquer thinner.
If you want to keep clothes uncluttered, file tiny notches about 1 inch apart in a wooden clothing rod; the hangers won’t slide together.
Pack away off-season clothing in pieces of luggage and slide them under the bed. If you take a trip, temporarily unpack the clothing and stack it in laundry baskets.