Photo: James Bombales
If you’ve resolved to get your shit together this year, you’re not alone. Getting organized continually ranks among the most popular New Year’s resolutions — after all, it’s more attainable than hitting the gym before work every morning or learning a new language.
If you want to cut down on clutter in 2019, tackling a messy closet is a good place to start. We turned to Marty Basher, home organization expert at Modular Closets, for some easy and affordable organization hacks that will whip your closet into tip-top shape.
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1. There are infinite uses for over-the-door shoe organizers
“Attach a clear shoe organizer with pockets to the back of your clothes or linen closet,” suggests Basher. “For clothes closets use it to store socks, gloves, swimsuits, scarves and more. For the linen closet, store cleaning products, lost socks, a roll of garbage bags, sponges and scrub brushes.” These dollar store staples can be used in practically every room of the house — behind kitchen cabinets, bathroom vanities or pantry doors. Cut them down to size to fit small spaces or use command hooks if the door refuses to shut properly.
2. Get ready faster by categorizing clothes by size and color
Why does wasting five minutes in the closet trying to figure out what to wear always lead to being 15 minutes late for work? Thankfully, Basher has a solution for simplifying your morning routine: “Start by categorizing all the shirts. Once pulled together, file them by short sleeve and long sleeved, then match up by color. Next, do the same with pants and skirts. Now, when it’s time to get dressed, you can simply look for a shirt by sleeve length and color. Then you can quickly pair it with a skirt or pants of choice. No more sorting through racks of clothes looking for a missing item stuck between two totally unrelated things.”
3. Think vertically when it comes to closet storage
After watching one episode of tidying expert Marie Kondo’s new Netflix show, you may be tempted to drive straight to The Container Store and blow $350 on overpriced organizing cubes. Storage containers certainly help to corral clutter, but they’re not the be-all and end-all of closet organization. “If you’re dealing with a small closet, think outside the box and create more space by building up and down,” explains Basher. “Add storage cubes on top of a shelf or add a second hanging bar if you need more space to hang clothes.” Even the oft-forgotten floorspace under your hanging clothes can be utilized for storing off-season clothing, according to Basher.
4. Hang scarves, belts, ties and more with shower curtain rings
“One of the easiest ways to store belts and scarves is by hanging them from simple plastic shower curtain rings,” recommends Basher. “They’re inexpensive, come in big packs and perfectly hold those items that may not have another place to go.” Hook them onto a single hanger or closet rod to keep all of your accessories in order — your purse addiction will look much more aesthetically pleasing.