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Wow, a life worth of organization. I will definitely do the shoe thing because I have a huge amount of shoes.

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This was good advise thanks for the info

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good advice. My closet is still in pretty good shape from the winter purge. I do need to go through the shelf again and fix the rack that holds my canvas shoe bag. I would like to ditch the rack and staple or screw the bags to the sloping ceiling of my dormer. Thanks for the idea.




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Day 1: Keep an attractive but easily accessible laundry basket either very close to the closet or within it. We love these simple canvas ones from The Laundress.

Day 2: If you’re very tight on space, use tiered hangers for pants and skirts. You’ll get farther faster – $9.99 at The Container Store.

Day 3: If you’re not sure you love it and you haven’t worn it more than once in the past 12 months, it’s time to let it go. Still can’t give it up? Try it on. You may find that you don’t like the way some things look anymore. You don’t want to end up a Glamour don’t!

Day 4: Compare the items of clothing you have with each other, you may find that you have “doubles” or items that are too similar. If you find them, get rid of the one “double” you wear least. {image via Siblings of Yesteryear}

Day 5: Bite the bullet and fix the frayed seams and minor tears on those everyday items you love to wear. There’s a neat tutorial on how to fix frayed jean hems by Jo at Or if you’re terrified of the sewing machine (like me), head to your local tailor. Either way deal with them all at once. Just rip that band aid off, people!

Day 6: Save floor space. Use a door-hanging device to organize shoes. There are simple and cheap options like this basic hanging shoe organizer for $3.99 by Imperial on or simple and chic options like this 36-Pair Overdoor Shoe Organizer for $39.99 at the Container Store.

Day 7: If you feel like you don’t know where to start, just keep it simple and begin by tossing any and all unused wire hangers and bits of trash (ahem, we see those receipts cluttering up the floor!).

Day 8: For clothes that have sentimental value but aren’t likely to be worn again, like a wedding dress or a prom dress you made yourself, create a separate space for them, in an attic or guest room closet. {image via bridal designs by erin on Etsy}

Day 9: Invest in some quality hangers. We’re not talking about much money here – you can get a set of 50 slim, flocked Real Simple hangers for $29.99 at Bed Bath & Beyond. They’re worth every penny. Not only do they keep your clothes neatly hung, but your entire closet will look pulled together in a way that makes you want to keep it that way.

Day 10: Use rolling carts or labeled boxes & bins for extra storage on the floor of your closet. They are great for storing accessories, mementos like love letters, and hats. {image via Martha Stewart}

Day 11: Simplify your morning routine: mount a hook on the outside of your closet to hang up whatever outfit you want to wear the next day. Added bonus: if it’s a horrible mess, you can avoid looking at it first thing. {image via}

Day 12: Rather than looking at the closet as a whole, which is what makes you think “I don’t have enough time to deal with that,” break the cleaning process up into manageable parts. Start with one shelf at a time instead of dumping everything out.

Day 13: Give yourself a time limit to work on organizing your closet over a few days. It will give you motivation knowing that you only have to do so much in one day. Set an egg timer to keep yourself honest. We’re convinced it makes you work faster, like you have to “beat the clock” or something.

Day 14: Before you start cleaning your closet, decide who will get the castoffs. Knowing that your clothes are going to a favorite charity or homeless shelter is a goal that you can feel good about. {via}

Day 15: Try organizing your clothes based on function (work clothes, weekend clothes, evening clothes). It could make assembling outfits easier once you’ve got the system set up. Keep items you wear in both worlds in the middle.

Day 16: If you store shoes on shelves, if you face each one in opposite directions, you’ll be able to fit more on each shelf. {image via Elle}

Day 17: If you have a small closet, focus, focus, focus. All outwear should be moved to your front hall closet, or mudroom if you are lucky enough to have one.

Day 18: If you’re not sure about whether or not a piece of clothing is too worn out, ask yourself: would I buy this in a thrift shop? If the answer is no, then toss it. You don’t want to come across as someone who doesn’t care about the way they look. {image via}

Day 19: Research your local consignment stores. You could be making some money to invest in new clothes with every old piece you sell.

Day 20: If you find you have enough vertical space, but only have one hanging rod – you can double your closet’s efficiency by simply adding a second rod. No need to call the handyman either – a wonderful inventor out there has made a hanging rod that simply hooks over your existing closet rod. Available at the Container Store ($9.99), where else!

Day 21: If you invest in shelving, make sure that it’s adjustable, so that you can change the layout to meet your needs over time. Rubbermaid has some excellent and affordable adjustable shelf solutions.

Day 22: Large purses and bags will slump over and lose their shape sitting on shelves. They’ll look neater and last longer if you hang them on durable hooks instead. If you’re scrapping for space, use the floor for your shoes and hang a series of hooks on the back of your closet door. {image via The Shabby Nest}

Day 23: For children’s closets, make sure you keep any toys on lower shelves, so that they’re easy to access and put away. {image via}

Day 24: Everyone’s closet slips back into chaos sometimes. But 5 minutes can make a tremendous impact. Every night for one week, take 5 minutes before you head to bed and work on cleaning it up. {cool clock via}

Day 25: If you’re still pressed for space and can’t figure out which clothes to get rid of, try sorting your clothes into complete outfits. It might be time to donate that shirt you like but never know what to wear with.

Day 26: If you’re not sure about a piece of clothing, “flag” the hanger by pinning a clothespin on the top, and removing the pin when you’ve worn the piece. You can also hang it in the opposite direction from the rest, and turn it back around when you’ve worn the piece. When you’re at the end of the season, donate the pieces that still have a flag. {image via}

Day 27: Sweaters will lose their shape over time if left on hangers, so sort them out and store them on a shelf. has some handy shelf dividers to help keep them organized for only 5.99.

Day 28: Set up a separate basket in the front hall closet for your family to store their mittens and gloves in when they come inside, so you’re not searching for a matching pair while you’re in a rush. {image via}

Day 29: If you don’t have another room in which to store off season items, invest in an underbed storage unit. {image via}

Day 30: Always losing your reading/sun glasses? Use small adhesive hooks on the back of your closet door to keep them visible, organized, and easy to find. {via}

Day 31: If you’re organizing a linen closet, store folded sets of bed linens inside one of the set’s pillowcases. {image via}

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