Closet Organizing Tips for Apartment Living

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Feeling a little cramped with the amount of stuff in your closets these days? It can be frustrating to want to grab an outfit and head out the door, only to be confronted with a cluttered and crammed closet where it’s difficult to find pieces to put together.

You might think this is an inevitable problem when you live in an apartment, but there are several easy and inexpensive ways to rearrange your closet to make it more functional. Here are a few ideas:

1. Declutter what you have

It’s not a glamorous tip, but getting rid of unnecessary stuff is always the first step towards making your space seem bigger. Set aside an hour or two, pull everything out of your closet, and get rid of whatever you don’t wear or need. You can put these items in a separate container for storage if you’re unsure about getting rid of them completely. Marie Kondo would be proud!

2. Organize creatively

Remember to keep your most worn items easy to access. Think strategically about organization, and make use of vertical storage. There are plenty of inexpensive storage solutions you can add to utilize empty space.

Consider a small bookcase with baskets, a towel bar or hooks to use empty wall space, or a shoe rack for the floor. You can also easily install floating shelves, which are a good place to keep folded items or bags.

Store your least worn items or out-of-season pieces at the very top of your space.

3. Keep accessories separate

Putting outfits together is much easier when accessories aren’t mixed in with the rest of your clothes. Keep ties, scarves, jewelry, and sunglasses each in their own spot so it’s easy to see what you have.

4. Categorize—or color coordinate

It’s extra effort up front, but grouping like items together definitely saves time in the long run. If you want to, you can even color coordinate everything for maximum visual impact.

Even if you don’t choose to separate everything by color, basic organization in the form of categorizing shirts, pants, jackets, etc. will make getting dressed and putting things away much simpler.

5. Remember to maintain

When you’re putting clothes away after doing laundry, take a minute to tidy up your closet space and reassess what’s working and what isn’t. What tends to get scattered around? Do you need a basket for miscellaneous items, or a bigger hamper so it doesn’t end up overflowing? Take the time to switch out seasonally too, so all your options stay current.

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