Organizing Tips

Some thoughts you might want to keep in mind as you get organized:

Inventory your closet. Divide your clothing into three categories:

  1. Things you currently wear
  2. Things you've worn a few times in the past year
  3. Things that haven’t seen the light of day in over a year

You might want to box and store clothing from #2, and donate the things from #3 to charity. When storing out-of-season items, remember to always launder clothes first and store all boxes in a dry place.

Review the things you want to keep in your closet. Think about how much hanging, shelving and drawer storage you’ll need before you start comparing starter kits and configuration options.


A couple of walk-in tips:

Think of your walk-in as a combination of reach-in closets. Just measure each wall separately, planning your storage one wall at a time, using corner shelves to make the most of your space. (Note: Each shelf measure 30" along each wall, from the corner.)

Sharing a master closet? Lay out the left wall for one person, and the right wall for the other. If there’s space, and if you’re feeling generous, the back wall can be shared. One of our most popular designs sets a tower (long verticals with 24" shelves, drawers or baskets) in the center of the side wall, with double or single hangings on either side of the tower.

If you don’t have enough room for a tower on each side of the closet, but would still like shelves, drawers, shoe storage or baskets, plan on using the side walls for hanging space and put a tower on the back wall.


Miscellaneous tips:

Generally it’s a good idea to design your closet with the rods (for hanging space) nearest the outside walls. In most cases, this will give you the best accessibility to shelving and drawer sections.

For a reach-in closet with bi-fold doors, it’s best to put the drawer sections in the center of the closet where they’re more easily accessible. For a closet with sliding doors, put the drawers on either end of the closet.

Fold your sweaters instead of hanging them to retain original shape and eliminate hanger marks.

To prevent wrinkling, avoid hanging items too close together.