Your closet is a reflection of you

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Not a priority. A closet isn’t always the first space that comes to mind when designing one’s home, but it’s a significant space that shouldn’t be overlooked.

Designing ones closet may be seen as an art. Every part of your closet may be designed in a multitude of ways and of configurations. Your task is to determine which aspects of the given designs are most productive and effective for your own circumstances.

For instance, what is in the drawers? Undies? Socks? Nightgowns? Jewelry? Would the drawers serve you better in the bedroom itself? You must decide for yourself if it is a good idea to place dresser drawers in the closet. If the drawers contain items that are worn repeatedly before they are washed — such as socks, jeans, sweatpants, shirts, and other clothes that you tend to take off after work each day or for chores and holiday events, then it may be a waste of valuable space to pile them in a drawer. You may just opt to put them somewhere more accessible.

The ideal way to handle these items, and other nightwear, is to place a few small pegs in the reachable spaces along the side edges of the closet, or you could develop a system on the inside of the closet door. Also consider the manner in which the boots are stored. These boots could be folded for storage, using less shelf space. It isn’t true that your boots will suffer damage from this position.

With this in mind, it may be a little worry to configure various spaces in your closet—as this may be a seasonal problem. It can be upsetting to look at a wardrobe that contains items you know won’t be worn until another season; perhaps, winter or fall. On the other hand, it can be a real nuisance to try to find these items in storage when the weather changes quickly. Both methods have pros and cons, and you must decide for yourself, which works best for you.

In this article, I found out a tip on how to dirt away our closet. “When your closet hasn’t had a deep clean in awhile, there are some sure signs that pop up indicating that it’s time to declutter. Is your closet chock full of clothes you no longer wear? Are you having trouble finding the blue button down you know you picked up from the dry cleaner? Are your work clothes wrinkled from being shoved in the back of the closet? If so, now might be a great time to whip your wardrobe back into shape.

These tried and true tips to clear closet clutter and make way for clothes, shoes, and accessories you wear regularly and love will help you clean up your closet once and for all.”

Just like all home furniture, closets these days come loaded with colors and shapes, and bells and whistles. Whether it’s simply a place to store clothes or, as is increasingly the case, your closet needs to do double duty as a dressing room or sitting room, it must be flexible, sturdy, and handy to use.

This post lists here a handful of ideas that can improve the function of any closet, regardless of its size or what items you stow in it.

1. Use the vertical dimension in both directions. Having all the available space is an advantage—maximize all the space up to the ceiling and down to the floor. Less accessible places fit well for off-season loading. And, if you have enough room that you don’t need to spin all clothes, you may want to use the space to get other shoes, caps or hats, bags, or little items out of damp basements and freezing/baking attics.

2. Think about lighting. Seeing what’s inside the closet should work. Natural light from skylights or windows is a bonus point in this equation, but be careful of the fading that sunlight can produce. Mind you: windows also eat storage space. When sunlight isn’t saying ‘hello’, you need good artificial light. The important thing to keep in mind about artificial light is that it has to be between you and the contents of the closet; if it’s behind you, you’ll cast a shadow on what you’re trying to see. One thought here that you might not think of is heat. Incandescent bulbs can be a danger in the tight, fenced confines of a small closet. Fluorescent lighting is often the only code-compliant solution.

3. Know your wardrobe — and habits. Closets, more than any other space at home, work best if you know in advance precisely how you’re going to use them. Do you hoard them neatly or hang them up? For instance, I always love my dresses to be lined up according to colors, and size. It’s for convenience purposes! Like most closets, some consider having hanging storage and small drawer storage for other trivial items.

4. Design in visibility. No one wants to work in the blind—so in the closet. People appreciate lights and glitters. Being able to see what to get—socks, ties, underwear and whatnot—gives us real choices when we get dressed. Take advantage of the many accessories in store for you, such as see-through wire bins, acrylic- or glass-fronted drawers, drawers with dividers, and belt and tie racks, to keep items organized. Shelves (and drawers that are part of shop-fabricated cabinets) should be adjustable and movable from place to place within the closet for maximum changeability.

5. Don’t ignore the floor. You may not be giving the floors so much attention but, boy, the floor of a closet matters. Why? Where will you stand or sit in your bare foot everyday? For warmth underfoot, carpet is your best bet. But carpets in closets can be difficult to vacuum. For maximum cleanability, go with wood or vinyl.

6. Watch out for mold, mildew, and other still-air breeders. As in light, closet also needs air for other particles to breathe. It needs some airflow and dehumidification or they become breeding ground for mold, mildew, even insects. A bathroom-size fan, timed to go on and off at regular intervals, will help pull air through the closet even when the door is shut. A small dehumidifier is another way to keep things from getting musty, especially if the closet is in a damp basement.

7. Beware of cedar. Cedar closets do keep moths away, but the cedar scent can infuse nearby spaces. If you don’t want your bedroom to smell like a gerbil cage, locate the cedar closet in an attic or basement with at least one additional door (other than the door of the closet) between you and it.

Now, you’re ready to have your closet and live in/with it! Indulge as you establish a fashionable lifestyle with your clothes stored in a chic and classy closet built for a queen!

Photo Credits: Houzz, Creative Closet, Closet by Design

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