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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?
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)?