Monthly Archives: April 2012

Closet Arrangements that Work

Have you organized your closet, season after season, year after year, only to see it become cluttered and disorganized again and again? You are not alone. There is more to organizing a closet than getting rid of what you don’t need and separating pants and shirts. It may be a lot easier than you think, however. You don’t necessarily need to make a big investment or even install a closet organization system to get the job done right.

Getting your closet properly organized is more about saving space than moving things around. I love the idea of saving so much space that you don’t need to swap out summer and winter wardrobes. You can do this even if you only have a small dresser in your bedroom. If you share a closet with your spouse, then you might need a small dresser or lingerie chest for your undergarments and pajamas, but otherwise you can take advantage of even small closets so that they hold nearly everything that you own year round.

The cheapest and easiest way to get started is to install a second hanging bar. If you have a reach in closet, a standard eight foot wide and four foot deep closet, then this is a great option. You may have to move the top shelf up closer to the ceiling to pull it off, but this actually helps you take advantage of the wasted vertical space in your closet as well. You may even consider extending the shelf on each side so that it reaches the front wall of the closet. You can also add a smaller board or shelf on the front wall that goes across the top of the door. I love mine because I can keep valuables easily hidden away up there, but you don’t want to keep things that you use often up that high.

Once you have the second bar installed, you may want to consider installing a short bar up high on each side of the closet as well. This will give you space for long dresses and robes. You can install inexpensive hooks on the front two side walls for robes, purses and bags.

Now all you need are some space saving hangers, like velvet hangers. These hangers have a very thin design so that they fit closely together and take up half the space of plastic tubular hangers. The velvet coating gives them grip that holds your clothing smoothly across the top so that you can fit more clothing in the closet without it slipping. Add cascading hooks, belt hangers, tie hangers, pants hangers, and other accessory hangers to fit everything that you’ll need for the year in the closet without having things in storage.

About the Author: Rick Miller is on the staff of Only Slimline Hangers, a leading online resource for velvet hangers which are space saving hangers, non slip hangers and slim line hangers. For more information, please visit

Quick Organization Ideas

Organizing your closet can be fun and fulfilling. Do it yourself instead of hiring a professional. You will get your closet just how you want it without spending much money or relying on someone else’s judgment.

Make a plan for yourself and follow these rules:

1) Get rid of everything you possibly can.

2) Give clothing, shoes, purses, belts, ties and coats to a charity that accepts clothing donations. These items are often tax deductible.

3) Items that are in good enough condition can be sold to consignment shops or put out in a garage sale. If you have trouble selling or giving away clothes that mean something to you, go shopping for new items. Set a goal for how much money you need to make to replace the old items with new ones.

4) Commemorate heirlooms. Take photographs of important articles so that you can enjoy them after they are gone. If they are very important to you, then you should have them sealed in an acid free box so that they will last for generations to come. Otherwise, keep a scrap of fabric or just the photo.

5) Get rid of shoes, belts and purses. Many people keep shoes, belts and handbags for many, many years. These items may still be good, but they gave you a blister, or they don’t match anything. Maybe they are just out of date. Give those items to a charity, or have a swap party. Friends can get together and bring all of their gently used purses, belts, hats and shoes. Use dice to determine who goes first and take turns swapping items. When everyone has what they want, you can donate the rest to charity.

6) Sometimes we just want to keep those cute clothes that no longer fit. If it is possible for you to get back into them, keep them. Just store them outside of your every day closet. Large containers can be labeled with signs that dictate the size or weight you need to be to get into them. You do not have to get rid of them if you get them out of the way for a while. Then it will be so exciting when you are able to take down that box and swap out the wardrobes.

Save space in your closet with space saving hangers, like velvet hangers, to complete the task of organizing your closet. It will give you great joy to see your closet spacious, neat and uncluttered. Getting organized does not take long and it is well worth the effort.

About the Author: Rick Miller is on the staff of Only Slimline Hangers, a leading online resource for velvet hangers which are space saving hangers, non slip hangers and slim line hangers. For more information, please visit