- 7 Must-Know Closet Organization Tricks the Pros Use
- 15 Awesome Tips For Storing Shoes, Boots, Sneakers, Heels & Sandals
- 1. Keep your shoes off the floor
- 2. Avoid storing shoes in wire racks
- 3. Sort shoes into categories
- 4. Assess whether you need a separate shoe storage solution or not
- 5. Use clear shoe boxes with lids
- 6. Get some shoe bins
- 7. Store fancy heels at the top of your closet
- 8. Store flats, sandals, and slip-ons in over-the-door organizers
- 9. DIY sandal holders using wire hangers
- 10. Store boots upright
- 11. Use vinegar and polish to make leather boots look new
- 12. Clean suede boots with talcum powder, a brush, and a dry towel
- 13. Consider storing sneakers in shoe baskets or cubbies
- 14. Keep sneakers clean and smelling fresh with Mr. Clean
- 15. Effortlessly store shoes, boots, sneakers, heels, and more in MakeSpace
- Read This Before You Redo Your Bedroom Closet
- Dimensions You Need to Know
- Time to Plan The Interior
- Common Bad Configurations: Cave Closet
- Common Bad Configurations: Sloped-Wall Closet
- Closet DIY Tricks and Tools: The Plywood Solution
- Closet DIY Tricks and Tools: Industrial Pipe, With a Twist
- The Bifold Solution
- Make it Easy to Rotate
- System Options: The Box
- System Options: Semi-Custom
- System Options: Fully Custom
- No Ladder Needed
- Repurpose a Chest
- No Bare Bulbs, Please!
- Fast Fix: a Stick-Up Puck
- Bring Order to Shoe Chaos
- Straighten Up
- Clothes Captioning
- One Accessory That Will Change Your Life
- Three-Way Hook
- Nonslip Storage
- See-In Storage
- Worth The Splurge: Space-Saving Hangers
- Worth The Splurge: Pull-Out Pants Rack
7 Must-Know Closet Organization Tricks the Pros Use
Closets are one of the most abused areas in homes. While some closets are neat and well kept, it is also factual to say many are so disarray and cluttered.
We love our closets, but are they really presentable enough? If no, then you obviously need some serious closet organization task to do. You'll certainly benefit from this in the long run.
Probably, one of the greatest benefits is the fact that you will learn how to be more organized in life because the principles are quite similar.
So are you now inspired to move forward and give your closet the proper attention it deserves? let's get started.
The first thing you need to do when making a custom closet is to set a schedule to do this stuff- maybe on weekends when you'll have plenty of spare hours. Not only that, you can involve the kids or spouse to help you get on with it. You can just cajole, sweet talk or even blackmail them to assist you. The more hands, the faster and better!
The next step is to secure empty boxes and write some labeling words on them favorite clothes, accessories, designer clothes, underwear, casual wear, undergarments, and so on.
The higher the level of diversity of your clothes portfolio, the more the variation in the number of boxes you will need.
However, you can still group them together either on the bed or the floor in case you run boxes.
Research on the ideas of purchasing a closet organizer
There are lots and lots of custom closet organization aide which comes at affordable costs and you can find them at ClosetPro. You can get wire closet organizers for $60 at your favorite home décor store. There is no need for you to go for luxurious organizer system. Though, you can, if you've got some cash to spare.
This is the most difficult task to handle. If you already assisted, then there will be no need to sweat this out.
But if you are on your own, get ready to accept that this will take you some time.
You will have to completely empty out all the things inside the closet, pieces by pieces, one by one, before putting them in the empty boxes prepared by you.
Group the clothes that belong in the same category together. An advantage of this is that you may just end up finding some stuff that you have been looking for.
After grouping the stuff you just emptied from the closet, the next thing is to segregate further those stuff that you still feel you might want to use or wear. Ask yourself questions : “Do I still need to wear this rickety looking shirt?” or else, you'll just realize that your closet is stuffed with clothes you haven't wear for long.
Now this is time to put the clothes you can still wear back in the closet. Make sure you put things back in proper perspective. Pack clothes of similar category together. If you hastily put them back and end up mixing them up, then you might end up to square one.
Well done! You just did a nice work of the closet organization. Now, you will find your closet amazing.
15 Awesome Tips For Storing Shoes, Boots, Sneakers, Heels & Sandals
Even if you’re practical, your shoe collection can easily get hand. Sure you have sneakers, but what can you wear to work? How about to a wedding? How about to the beach? How about to a wedding at the beach?
We tend to acquire a lot of shoes, and they can be a real pain to store. “They’re clunky, they’re harder to store, and there’s usually lots of them,” says Jeni Aron, an NYC professional organizer and the founder of Clutter Cowgirl. “Shoes can be trickier too because they’re almost a little more emotional. We can hang on to them even if they don’t fit.”
So, what’s the best way to store your shoes, boots, sneakers, heels, and sandals?
We asked Aron and three other professional organizers for tips. We also threw in some cleaning advice, since your kicks could probably use a good shine.
Follow these 15 simple and awesome tips for shoe storage nirvana:
1. Keep your shoes off the floor
Bloglovin/A Pair & A Spare
When it comes to storing shoes, your first instinct may be to chuck them on the floor of your closet. This is the wrong instinct.
It makes your shoes harder to find when everything is flopped over each other in a big space. They’re also more ly to get beat up when you’re constantly moving pairs aside in search for your favorite flip flops.
If you insist on sticking with the floor plan, though, implement some basic shoe organization.
“Don’t throw them in a heap,” says Sharon Lowenheim of NYC-based Organizing Goddess. “Line them up nicely. You paid money for them, so treat them well.”
But as you’ll see, there’s much more you can do to keep your shoe collection tidy.
2. Avoid storing shoes in wire racks
The Container Store
After you move past the floor-heap option, your next thought is ly a shoe rack — one of those wire contraptions you can find in home goods stores. That’s also a bad call.
“Every time I see clients with those metal shoe racks that are tiered, I throw those away,” says Aron. “They don’t store everything, and they always get pushed to the back anyway. They get in the way of the clothes that are hanging.”
Wire racks are also a nightmare for certain types of shoes (almost anything with a heel), so really, they’re more trouble than they’re worth.
3. Sort shoes into categories
DIY & Crafts
Before you start implementing any new shoe storage solutions or schemes, organize your shoes into groups. First, divide your shoes into two categories:
- The shoes you wear all the time
- The shoes you wear less frequently
The ones you wear less frequently (think stilettos or snow boots) should be stored, as Aron puts it, “up high and far away.”
Now it’s time to categorize the remaining everyday shoes even further. Similar styles should stick together. Shoes you wear to work should be in one group. Shoes you’d wear out to dinner might be in another group, and shoes suited for doing a lot of walking could be in a third group.
Think of the activity you’d wear each pair of shoes for, so that when it’s time for you to head out for that event, you know exactly where to look.
4. Assess whether you need a separate shoe storage solution or not
Some people collect shoes the same way grandmas supposedly collect Christmas sweaters. Maybe you’re one of those people. If you are, then you know that telling shoe enthusiasts they need to pare down their stash isn’t going to do anything.
But since closets have limited storage space, think about whether you realistically need to invest in a separate storage solution for shoes.
“Things take up the space they take,” says Laura Cattano, a professional organizer in Brooklyn, New York. “My advice would be to get a bookcase with adjustable shelves. Even an IKEA one.”
Speaking of IKEA, the Finnby, Hemnes (pictured above), and Brimnes bookcases are all adjustable, and all welcome your wedges.
5. Use clear shoe boxes with lids
Beyond Organized LA
As any organization pro will tell you, it’s harder to pick out clothes and accessories when you don’t know what you’re looking at. Stuffing everything in a tub makes it impossible to imagine your options, so when you’re sorting your shoes, try to keep them as visible as possible.
If you’re using shoe storage bins or boxes, go for the see-through options.
If you’re getting a shoe organizer, look for ones with clear slots.
Prefer to reuse some of the shoeboxes you already have?
Stick a picture of the shoes on the outside of each box. This easy visual aid will help jog your memory in the morning, and prevent you from tearing your closet apart while you consider your outfit options.
6. Get some shoe bins
The Container Store
Shoe bins are stackable, they’re widely available, and they’re usually transparent. They can store much of your shoe collection (except for tall stuff boots and high-tops) in individual, easy-to-see spots.
Here’s one set from The Container Store to give you an idea:
7. Store fancy heels at the top of your closet
Dressy high heels — i.e. the ones Carrie Bradshaw rocks — are rarely the kind of shoes you wear every day. Even if they are, they don’t fit easily into the shoe slots in an over-the-door organizer. And since fancy high heels are more delicate, they’re easier to knick in bins or cubbies.
According to several professional organizers, the top shelf of your closet is one of the best places to store shoes. Lowenheim recommends storing your shoes up there in shoeboxes with corresponding pictures taped to the front, while Nancy Heller of Manhattan-based Goodbye Clutter suggests a display.
“I love decorating the closet with beautiful things,” says Heller. “If someone has a beautiful pair of stilettos that they never wear but don’t want to throw out, I’ll put that at the top of the closet by the ceiling. So it’s arranged artfully. They’re still there, but not in the way.”
8. Store flats, sandals, and slip-ons in over-the-door organizers
Shoe organizers that hang over the closet door can be lifesavers — particularly for lightweight, casual shoes since you can bunch an entire pair into one slot.
But if you have a sliding closet door, or just don’t have the space for the standard 24-pocket organizer, Lowenheim recommends a slim vertical organizer that ties over the closet rod, this Target find (pictured above).
“You can fit a pair of shoes in each slot, and there are 10 slots. You can get two [organizers] and those should see you through your day-to-day shoes,” she says. “If you’re considering more than 20 pairs of shoes each day, you have too many shoes.”
9. DIY sandal holders using wire hangers
One of Pinterest’s favorite DIY shoe storage ideas is fitting sandals and flats onto ordinary wire hangers. To do this, cut the bottom rung off a few wire hangers. Next, use a plier to bend the ends into curled hooks.
You can just stop there — the thongs of the sandals or the tops of the flats will hang off each hook — or you can really DIY this thing with some custom ribbon hanger jackets, a la Epbot.
10. Store boots upright
Bed, Bath & Beyond
Depending on their length, boots have a tendency to flop over and take up a lot of unnecessary floor space. To keep them in shape (literally), use rolled-up newspapers or magazines, or even old plastic bottles.
So-called boot shapers the ones pictured above are also easy to find at stores Bed, Bath & Beyond.
Once you’ve got your boots standing at attention, storage becomes a lot simpler. You can stick them in a clear bin or individual boxes. The Container Store makes a transparent Boot Box for $9.99 (or $59.94 for a case of six):
The Container Store
Depending on your closet layout, you can also do what NYC professional organizer Anna Bauer recommends and hang your boots from a rod with Boot Hangers:
Several commercial boot shapers also come with a hook on the end for this very scenario. Take advantage of it.
11. Use vinegar and polish to make leather boots look new
The first step in boot care is protecting them from the elements. To prevent water and salt stains come winter, spray your boots down with a waterproof spray one from Kiwi, which makes separate protectants for suede, leather, and other materials.
If you still manage to pick up salt stains, though, wiping your boots down with white vinegar works wonders on leather and suede. Melissa Maker from Toronto-based Clean My Space shows you how:
If you’re looking to spruce up your leather boots, saddle soap should take care of any scum they’ve collected.
As for how to remove boot scuffs, dip a damp cloth in baking soda, scrub the offending area, and then wipe off the paste with a clean cloth.
After you’ve taken care of the grime, shine your boots by spreading an even coat of your preferred polish with a rag or brush.
You can also find boot care kits with foam applicators in your local drugstore if you’re short on time.
12. Clean suede boots with talcum powder, a brush, and a dry towel
Not sure how to clean suede boots?
Simply brush off any scuffs or stains. Pencil erasers and emery boards can also help eliminate problem areas.
Also, never use water to clean suede. Water will leave a stain, and you’ll be really mad at yourself.
If your suede shoes contract a liquid stain by accident, from rain or another liquid for example, put talcum powder on the stain and let it sit overnight. In the morning, you guessed it, brush off the debris.
If these were any other kind of boots, you might be tempted to add a coat of polish to complete the clean. But guess what’s another no-no for suede? Shoe polish, which will only ruin suede shoes.
If your suede shoes are looking drab, we recommend buffing them with a clean, dry towel.
Here’s a quick video from Nordstrom that shows you step-by-step how to quickly clean suede shoes:
13. Consider storing sneakers in shoe baskets or cubbies
Since sneakers are athletic shoes by nature, they’re built to withstand a little more rough-housing than, say, ballet flats. Which means you can get away with storing sneakers in slightly less precious shoe storage options.
“Sneakers don’t have to be in bins, they can be in baskets,” says Aron. “Cubbies are another good way to go. That option gives each shoe its own home.”
There’s also Staekler shoe hooks, which mount to the wall and clip onto the heel of your sneakers. Play this Instagram video to see them in action:
But of course, if you consider your vintage Air Jordans your most prized possession, you might want to keep them in a box on the top shelf, just those Jimmy Choos.
14. Keep sneakers clean and smelling fresh with Mr. Clean
There are tons of simple ways to keep your kicks looking fresh. But before we get to those, a quick word on how to keep sneakers smelling fresh:
If your sneakers carried some stench back from the gym, sprinkle baking soda inside each shoe, let it sit overnight, and dump the powder out in the morning.
The offending odor should be gone. Which means it’s time to move onto ridding your sneakers of dirt and other residue.
To remove simple stains from sneakers, wipe them down with a cloth. Or scrub them with a spare toothbrush.
To remove tough scuffs from sneakers, sneakerheads swear by Mr. Clean magic erasers and Jason Markk’s premium shoe cleaner.
And don’t forget about the shoelaces. The next time you’re doing laundry, toss them into the load. You can put the laces in a laundry bag or pillowcase so they don’t get tangled in the washing machine.
Prefer to clean shoelaces by hand?
Follow these six simple steps:
- Remove the laces from your sneakers.
- Brush any loose grime off the laces with an old toothbrush.
- Soak the laces in hot water and bleach.
- After a few minutes, scrub the laces again with the old toothbrush (be sure to clean it before you do this).
- Rinse the laces off with water.
- Let the laces air dry.
15. Effortlessly store shoes, boots, sneakers, heels, and more in MakeSpace
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Read This Before You Redo Your Bedroom Closet
Sell, donate, and whittle down. Then get out a ruler.
Start with what’s hanging. Place clothes flat, on their hangers, in two piles—one for short items, shirts, and the other for long items, coats and pants hung full length by their cuffs or waistband. Measure the height of each pile to get the desired lengths for short- and long-item rods. Keep in mind that hangers need sliding space.
Next up: Clothes that fold. Arrange foldables in 10-inch-high stacks—any higher and they could topple. Each stack needs 14 inches of shelf length.
Extras. Size up items ties and T-shirts that also need real estate.
Dimensions You Need to Know
The ideal reach-in closet (we’re not talking walk-ins here) is 6 to 8 feet wide and 24 to 30 inches deep. Standard double doors are best, assuming there’s room to swing them open. To prevent blind alleys, the inside of the return walls, the ones to which the doors are hinged, should be no longer than 18 inches.
Time to Plan The Interior
Size up Your Space
Beginning with the left wall, measure everything to a T.
Sketch a to-scale layout on graph paper, with each wall’s width and height as well as details such as base moldings, chases, and receptacles.
Make note of sloped ceilings, knee walls, and other old-house oddities. If facing walls aren’t the same length, at least one angle isn’t square.
Divide and Allocate
Start with storage for your shoes. While options include slide-out racks and tilted shelves, your best bet is open shelves without dividers. To squeeze in an extra pair, alternate toes-facing-out and toes-facing-in.
Sketch in rods for shorter items, making them as wide as your wardrobe warrants, and a higher rod for longer items.
Draw shelves 4 inches above the rods plus a high shelf for less-used items, and mark their depths.
Look for Nooks
Allocate space for a folding stepladder, against the wall under the highest rod, say. See if there’s space for a robe hook on a return or side wall.
Common Bad Configurations: Cave Closet
The spelunker’s special comes in two styles: a narrow, deep box or a deep, dark L. If opening up the front wall for double doors is the question, hang rods in front of the opening, where they are visible. Then build out the hard-to-reach wall with shelves for bins.
Common Bad Configurations: Sloped-Wall Closet
Tucked under the roofline, this variation couples lots of not-very-useful floor space with a not-very-useful shortened back wall. Position your rods front to back between the return walls and back wall. Then build out the knee wall with shelves.
Closet DIY Tricks and Tools: The Plywood Solution
To shore up walls and plaster that’s in poor shape, line the closet with ¾-inch hardwood plywood and screw it to the studs. Now you can attach rods and shelves wherever you want. Or build three- or four-sided plywood boxes, then slide them in.
Closet DIY Tricks and Tools: Industrial Pipe, With a Twist
To overcome an odd configuration or sketchy walls, build a scaffold using commercial Speed-Rail fittings (hollaender.com) and closet rods.
Use them to make a system supported by vertical rods screwed to the ceiling and floor or to make freestanding racks.
The result looks other industrial-pipe fixes but does them one better: System options include connectors with swiveling joints that can handle awkward angles for just a few dollars.
The Bifold Solution
No room for swing-open doors? Avoid sliders, which block the view, and invest in sturdy, solid-core or solid-wood bifolds and heavy-duty fittings (we those at johnsonhardware.com). Lightweight doors with bad fittings wobble and constantly fall off their tracks.
Make it Easy to Rotate
Decide on a destination for off-season items, ideally a wardrobe in the attic or a dry corner of the basement.
If you have spare room on the same floor, consider a clothes rack that can be wheeled to the closet when it’s time for a swap-out.
If elsewhere isn’t an option, stash off-season items in easy-to-hoist bins and space-saving vacuum-storage bags on the closet’s topmost shelf. Label them so that you can find your bathing suit in January—you never know.
System Options: The Box
You measure your space, shop for the closest fit in a ready-to-go setup this adjustable one from Rubbermaid, and screw standards to studs on the back wall. About $90–$180.
System Options: Semi-Custom
An expert at a specialty store or reached through a website helps map out and tailor a wider array of accessories and components, these from Elfa. The install can be DIY or by the dealer. About $500–$2,000.
Tip: Keep at least one shelf within arm’s reach or no higher than 7 feet. The topmost shelf is typically at least 12 inches from the ceiling. Reserve it for off-season clothing and gear that can be retrieved using a stepladder.
System Options: Fully Custom
An independent designer or franchise rep comes to your house, gauges your needs and space, offers a range of materials and features, and does all the work, as California Closets did here. About $700 and up.
Tip: Shelves 14 inches deep extend over rods and can hold men’s shoes and folded jeans. Much deeper and you risk losing things—unless they are kept in a handy bin.
No Ladder Needed
Want to stack a short-hanging rod over one that’s set up high? It’s doable with a specialty hinged pull-down fitting (find them at rev-a-shelf.com and hafele.com). Just grab the rod with the included hook to pull items within arm’s reach.
Repurpose a Chest
Drawer systems can be short on charm. Instead, see if you can slide in a small dresser or lingerie chest for socks, ties, and underwear. Top it with a dish to catch pocket change, a jewelry organizer, and a snapshot from your last vacation; as you dress for work, you can always dream.
No Bare Bulbs, Please!
Poorly installed light fixtures are a fire hazard, not to mention unreliable. Spring for an electrician who can hard-wire a closet fixture that is activated by opening the door or flipping an exterior-wall switch. Add an outlet, too, if you want to set up a charging station, an iron, or a clothes steamer.
Fast Fix: a Stick-Up Puck
Here’s a solution when hard-wiring isn’t an option or you simply want a little extra light: this rechargeable LED light. Thanks to a motion sensor, it blinks on when you reach in. It lacks the warmth and ambient light of an incandescent, but it will help get you out the door with matching socks.
Hafele Loox Motion-activated LED light with magnetic plate, about $40, Rockler
Bring Order to Shoe Chaos
Keep them off the floor—it’s a pain to duck and hunt amid the dust bunnies. Instead, allocate adequate shelf space, allowing 8 inches of width per pair and extra height for boots. Tight squeeze? Find a spot for a free-standing shoe cabinet, perhaps near the front door.
Sliding stacks create shelf havoc. Block the flow with dividers. We these painted home-center wood corbels (about $2.50 each!) to add a little extra detail.
If at first this civilized detail seems a bit OCD, think again. It’s important to put shelves to work—they are much more space efficient than rods—but it’s no fun having to plunder every running inch in search of your favorite long-sleeve T. Shelf labels not only save time but also flood the zone with a sense of control and order.
Dress it Up
Here, off-the-shelf storage bins convey color, pattern, and travel inspiration with the help of old maps, matte-finish Mod Podge glue (which becomes transparent when dry), a paint brush, and a putty knife to smooth out bubbles.
Kick Up The Walls
No one says the closet has to match the rest of the room. Capitalize on its identity as a mini room of its own by saturating it with a dramatic shade, navy, or choose a mood-boosting hue borrowed from your favorite jacket, scarf, or shirt.
Give it a Custom Stamp
Whimsical wall decals, wallpaper, or stenciled patterns can make a small closet feel a jewel box. Choose an oversize pattern that goes up quickly and won’t look too busy.
One Accessory That Will Change Your Life
It’s called a valet hook because it leads a life of service, extending an arm when called upon to hold multiple hangers. Handy when:
- assembling outfits to take on a trip;
- stashing items just back from the dry cleaner, for sorting later;
- putting out clothes for tomorrow;
- airing out lightly worn clothes.
A single hook is easily swamped. Look for three prongs, preferably swiveling ones, so that you can reach the belt or bag you want.
Last seen in the kitchen, these slim, C-shape paper-towel holders are heavy enough to trap silky items so that they won’t slide off, yielding an easy-access scarf display inside a closet door.
A magnetic spice rack with windowed portholes can organize bits cuff links and collar stays. Mount it on a wall or the back of a door.
About $15; The Container Store
Worth The Splurge: Space-Saving Hangers
Designed to discourage smooth fabrics from slithering to the floor, Mawa suit hangers also keep men’s jackets in shape.
About $7.50 each; Mawa
Worth The Splurge: Pull-Out Pants Rack
Avoid having to crouch and seek with a Hafele pull-out that holds six pairs.
About $175; Hafele, organizeit.com