Some Good – And Not So Good – Closet Tips Part 2

As promised, here is the second part of my point by point critique of this article from Apartment Therapy: 20 Ways to Organize Your Bedroom Closet.

11)   I don’t see many spaces that are so small that taking off a closet door would materially change the room, but I can imagine this would work very well in the right place!

Photo courtesy of potterybarn.com

12)   A good laundry storage solution is a key piece of keeping a closet organized.  Just one day’s worth of clothes on the floor often acts like a magnet and leads to an overwhelmingly cluttered closet.  Simple rubber bins work if they fit inside your closet, but if you’re like me and lack the space there are many attractive options for storing and separating laundry that you won't mind having out in your living space.  I use this one from Pottery Barn.

13)  I had never really used hooks in a closet until our closet designer suggested them when we installed our shelving system five years ago.  Now I’d recommend them to anyone!  They’re perfect for quickly stashing a jacket you’re going to wear again, tomorrow’s planned outfit, or this week’s pajamas.

14)   For those who have the luxury of a large enough closet: you have the freedom to consider color and texture!  For the rest of us: keeping your storage system neutral in color (from shelving to hangers) and having enough light will put the focus on your clothes and help you stay organized.

15)  I would only recommend that you seriously consider storage like this if you are truly limited on closet space.  I find that clients who are stashing clothes in various locations around the house, even under their beds, never actually put those items into regular rotation.  You’re much better off paring back your collection so that all your clothes fit in your closet and you can see them daily.  Seasonal rotation is a definite commitment and something you should consider carefully based on your own motivation and available time!

16)  Color coding is one of those things that is helpful if that’s how your brain works.  My brain doesn’t necessarily require it, but I do sort by item type, fabric, sleeve length, and other functional ways of categorizing clothes.

17)  I do recommend using storage items that you find aesthetically pleasing.  After all, you want to stay motivated to use them!  However, as I always say, consider the utility of an item first.  A whole set of pretty matching boxes is going to be useless if you can’t see the contents and forget to wear the items inside.

18)  If you have a deep closet, a rolling cart would be an excellent way to use that depth without consigning everything in the back to invisible oblivion.  However, as with any other storage, make sure you can see what’s inside and that it’s easy to remove those items.  Stacked opaque boxes often mean that you’re not going to haul out the upper boxes to get at the contents of the lower boxes.

19)  As with point 18, I strongly caution against storing anything – even off-season stuff – in places that are excessively hard to reach.  Needing to move a lamp, knicknacks, stack of books, and a full trunk as shown in this photo is going to prevent a lot of people from ever accessing the items stored in the bottom trunk.

20) I do think the use of storage furniture is a great idea, but again, I caution against stacking.  Storage can be attractive, but it should above all else be useful!

Let me know if you’ve tried out any of Apartment Therapy’s tips in your own closet and how they're working for you!

LMW