These are the products I like to use in my own closet. They all have 3 things in common:
- They maximize space;
- They are sturdy and well-made; and,
- They look good, so you don't have to hide them from the prying eyes of over-night guests.
I'm a shelf divider convert. I used to think they were for serious nerds who stacked their jeans by shade of denim and measured the distance between the rows of shirts and sweaters with a ruler. Not anymore. Once I installed some shelf dividers in my own closet, I had to admit they made a huge impact on the way my closet looked, and it's so much easier to organize.
More: Guide to Shelf Dividers
Two things to like about this hamper:
- It's square and folds up, making it pace-saver friendly.
- It's nice looking enough to fit in with any decor scheme, or can be easily tucked into a closet.
More: Guide to Laundry Hampers
I have a slew of "business pants" that take up a large amount of space in my closet. This hanger makes life a lot easier by hanging them together and keeping them wrinkle-free.
More: Guide to Hangers
Bins just make everything a lot easier. I store tights, belts, hats, clutches, and tank tops in bins. They have an uncanny knack for keeping everything tidy and I like to line bins up on shelves and label them so I know exactly what I'm grabbing.
They are especially good in a hall closet for mittens, hats and gloves.
More: Guide To Storage Bins
This is a great option to store belts neatly. You can hang 5-10 belts at a time -- depending on their size -- and easily retrieve them from your closet while quickly getting dressed in the morning.
More: Guide to Hangers
I like to use real hangers because I own a lot of blazers (honestly, I could probably donate a few). Real hangers--meaning the kind made of wood and not wire--help your clothes hold their shape by supporting the shoulders.
A great tip I just learned from Ginny Snook Scott of California Closets: You can bring your clothes to the dry cleaner on your own chosen hangers and the dry cleaner will return them the same way, meaning you never have to go through the rigmarole of taking them off the wire hanger and putting them back on the real hanger again.You can also ask for no plastic covering.
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