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Making Your Dream Closet a Reality

Closets live large in popular imagination, and creating a dream closet is the ultimate goal for many homeowners. Luckily, with some minor renovations, organization and the addition of some decorative touches, you can create a closet that’s beautiful and functional. So whether you’re after a feeling of Zen or an air of glamour, or you simply need a fresh start, here’s what you need to know to design the closet of your dreams.

Take Inventory

Before you start creating your dream closet, you need to take inventory of what you have and what items need to stay in that space. Be sure to ask yourself these three questions:

  • What is the present state of your closet? What articles of clothing, footwear and accessories live in your closet? How much shelf space and hanging space do you have? Do you have any kind of system for what goes where or is it a free-for-all? Do you swap out clothing with the seasons, making use of an ancillary closet somewhere else, or does this closet need to hold everything?
  • What has to stay? This is where you need to bring some critical thinking to your closet. Are you truly wearing or using everything? Do you have 10 pairs of jeans, but only really wear four of them? An easy way to determine whether an item is essential to your wardrobe is to ask yourself if you’d buy it all over again.
  • What can go? After you’ve sorted through your belongings, create a pile of what can go. Donate or sell what you’re not wearing or using anymore. If you rotate your closet by seasons, make sure you have a place you can store the off-season items, such as a decorative trunk or a storage bin that can be tucked underneath your bed.

Organize Your Space

Whether you’re in the middle of a transition or rethinking the needs of your space, reimagining your closet can help you cut down on clutter and get organized. Now that you’ve sorted out the essentials, you can figure out how to effectively add them to your closet. Here are a few tricks of the trade to consider:

  • Think like a retail merchandiser and organize your hanging clothes according to type of garment (top, bottom or dress), and then by color. This will make it easy to find clothes and pair items together.
  • Instead of piling folded items onto a shelf, use simple shelf dividers to keep your sweaters and blankets separated.
  • Install sliding shelves or hooks to utilize wall space and keep things neatly tucked away. This is especially handy for accessories like belts, hats and scarves.

Add Personality to Your Closet

Don’t be afraid to have a bit of fun! There’s no rule that closet storage needs to be drab, so feel free to get creative. There are many ways to create the organized, stylish space you’re envisioning. Here are a few ideas to help you get started:

  • Store your shoes in a stylish shelving unit. Not only will this help you keep track of them, but it’ll also free up floor space, giving you even more room in your closet. Place the shoes you use the most at eye level, and less-used items on the shelves below to ensure the space stays neat.
  • If you have extra space in your shelving unit, add colorful bins or boxes for odds and ends.
  • Think about incorporating bits of luxury, like suede drawer liners for your dresser. Liners will make the space feel special, as well as help you keep your jewelry and watches organized within your dresser.
  • Add strategic lighting, such as LED lights, above your hanging rods. Being able to see your clothes is a big plus, especially during busy mornings, and you’re more likely to use your entire wardrobe when you can see everything in your closet.

You can create your dream closet whether your space is limited or you have a walk-in closet. Use your creativity and these tips to design a closet that works for you.


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