Friday, May 05, 2006

Closet Organization - What Are Your Hang-Ups?

Closet organization can be a daunting task, particularly if it has been a few years since you have attempted a major reorganization. Before you invest in new shelving or a closet organization system, you will want to assess your needs. Start by removing everything from your closet (yes, everything!) and sort the items into piles. Put items you would like to keep in one pile. These items should be shoes or clothing that you have worn in the past 12 months and that are in good condition. Anything with holes, tears, snags, stains should be tossed. If you haven't worn it in the past 12 months, you are not going to wear it - get rid of it! Items that are in good condition but you do not wear any longer, consider donating to charity.

Once you have your items sorted, you can begin determining how you want to organize your closet. Take a look at your clothing and decide if you have more hanging or folded items. Do you need a lot of space for shoes? How about belts, purses, or ties. There are specialty hanging systems that can accommodate all of these items. There are shoe cubbies, shoe racks, shoe shelves and over the door shoe racks. There are some great belt and tie racks that can accommodate large numbers of these items in a small amount of space.

Next, you may want to check out sites that offer custom closet solutions. We have links to some of these below. Some of the sites even have a software program that you can use online to plan the layout of your closet and determine all of the parts you will need to install it. You can then order everything right from the site and not have to worry about running back to the store because you forgot a part or didn't plan correctly. It is a great service.

Once you have everything planned, give your closet a good cleaning and a fresh coat of paint. Install your new closet system and you will be organized for years to come.

Here are some of our favorite sites for closet and home organization:

Spring Organization 88x31
10% off all orders $35.00 or more (Coupon Code: A9849)
This sale is only good until May 15th, so check them out now!

Free shipping offer is valid until May 31st.

Now that you know what to do, the only hang-ups you should have are in your closet. Now go get organized!

Karen & Rick
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