For some reason I’ve been in a big mood to organize our closets, so I thought we’d discuss — what are your biggest pain points when it comes to closet organization? What solutions have you found that you love? What are your best closet organization hacks?
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Closet Organization Hacks That Are Working For Me:
|Clear sweater bins galore — Not only do I use these vinyl sweater bins for my seasonal clothing review, but I use them to organize kids’ clothes (particularly all of my eldest son’s clothes that we’ll hand down to my youngest son in a few years). I love that they’re stackable, reusable, and clear — I usually try to stick a few cedar balls inside as well.|
|Velvet hangers — I’ll be honest: I don’t have these everywhere in my closet, but I did buy a few boxes of velvet hangers recently and they’re the first ones I reach for. I have a new system of hanging cardigans on velvet hangers that seems to be working well enough that I’m considering hanging up my pullover sweaters as well.|
|Pictures on shoe boxes — I totally forget what shoes I have if I don’t put the pictures on the boxes. I vastly prefer to store them in boxes since they’re dust-free and stackable, then. (We just try to keep the boxes our shoes came in, but if you’re on the hunt for clear shoe boxes, Staples has a good sale today — $.99 per shoe box.)|
Closet Organization Struggles (And What I May Try To Fix Them)
Psst: here are my latest favorite ways to store jewelry…
|Statement necklaces: I have way too many statement necklaces for my hanging jewelry organizer, and they don’t always like to be dumped into a pocket. I can hang some of them on the acrylic necklace posts that I use, but part of my jewelry organization system is to use the clear necklace posts for “recent” jewelry and have the “permanent home” for jewelry be elsewhere. I just ordered this hanging closet organizer with an interesting loop-hanging system, and I’m hopeful it’ll work — I like that it’s double-sided, too. (Oooh: here’s a hanging jewelry organizer with pockets on one side and loops on the other if you’re just getting started.)|
|Silver jewelry: Years ago I bought a Jill Platner necklace at a sample sale and it came with a metallic gray Ziploc-type bag that said it was good for anti-tarnishing — I’ve proceeded to keep a LOT of my silver jewelry in that bag. The problem is that with it all bunched up into one tiny bag I tend to forget what I have. I’ve looked for years for a similar Ziploc bag and finally found some in various sizes on Amazon; these may be a great option to store in my other hanging jewelry organizer, particularly using my business card trick for necklaces. (There are also anti-tarnishing papers that you can use; most reviewers seemed to have more success using it with a sealed environment like a Ziploc rather than a general jewelry case though.)|
|Bags: I have a pretty large bag collection, and when I store them in their dust bags, I totally forget what I have. Plus, I haven’t done a great job at “stuffing” the bags in between wears, so the bags are often stored in a kind of slouchy manner if I can’t lay them flat or if they don’t have enough structure to stand up by themselves. I’ve thought of keeping a picture of my bag collection in my closet, but that seems too insane even for me. I’ve been considering getting a modular bag organizer (like the one pictured), but I’m not sure that would solve my “I don’t remember what I have” problem. (They also make these kinds of hanging organizers for bags.) I’d love to hear what you guys do to organize and store your bags!|
All right, ladies, let’s hear it — what are your best closet organization hacks? What do you struggle with, and what solutions have you found for organizing your closet(s)?