Arrange your clothing and accessories to make it easier to find what you want and get dressed each day. To help you bring order to your closet, we’ll divide your things into three categories: stuff you reach for every day, your current-season wardrobe and less frequently worn items.
Dedicate a special drawer to storing everyday accessories. If you tend to reach for the same watch or pair of earrings each day, make it easier on your tired morning self and put them away in the same spot every time. This pattern division design is ideal because you want to be able to see the items at a glance — no hunting required, while the drawer will not occupy space.
Make your favorite shoes easy to grab on open shelves.
Shoe storage boxes are great for just that — storage. For everyday wear, though, accessibility should take priority. Keep your favorite, most-reached-for pairs on open shelves where you can see (and grab) them quickly and easily.
What about shoe racks? If you already have some and they’re working for you, great. But unsteady shoe racks positioned low in the closet can be difficult to use, so if your shoes tend to wind up in a heap on the floor, consider open shelves instead.
Keep your favorite current-season clothes out in the open. As with shoes, when it comes to clothes, open storage is best for your most-reached-for items. Think open shelving for folded items like jeans, and matching hangers on rods for clothes that wrinkle easily.
A set of good-quality hangers is a worthy splurge: They slide more easily across the rod, won’t snag delicate fabrics and help clothes keep their shape. Wood hangers are best for suit jackets and clothes with more structure; slim, velvety-coated hangers will help slippery tops stay put.
Wrangle smaller items in no-snag baskets. Fabric (or fabric-lined) baskets are ideal for corralling smaller items like swimwear, scarves, bags, and mittens. Keep items you use regularly within arm’s reach. Less frequently used (and off-season) items can go on higher shelves or under the bed if space is tight. If you’ll be using more than one or two baskets in your closet, it’s a good idea to label them so you don’t have to pull each one down to see what’s inside.