A Closet That Fits Your Needs(page 1 of 2)

Decide what you need from your closet and how you want the space to fit your lifestyle

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Once you have determined what you need to store, you can turn attention to the kind of storage that works best for your type of closet. Like people, no two closets are created equal, but similar-themed closets do share something in common: They require specific storage solutions. What works for organizing clothing items isn't the ideal solution for storing supplies in the kitchen pantry. And since each person has a different lifestyle. One might wear ties to work every day, while another wears them only for special occasions. Customizing storage options is definitely the way to go.

Choices in a Woman's Closet

"A velvet-lined jewelry drawers, divided into specific compartments for necklaces, earrings and bracelets, keep your favorite accessories organized and within reach," says Chris McKenry, owner of GetItTogether LA!.

  • A tie rack can display long necklaces and keep them from tangling.
  • Shallow drawers are a great storage solution for delicate undergarments, but also consider deeper drawers for storing packages of new pantyhose.
  • Sleek, long dresses work well on a pant hanger. This keeps the dress from stretching out and saves you vertical space.
  • Shelves with adjustable dividers or cubbies work for many different kinds of purses.

For one client, Chris took photos of all his client's handbags, laminated them, punched a hole in each photo and attached the images to the purse's protective cloth bag and laid the bags on their side. This way his client could maximize storage space, keep her purses safe from dust and quickly access the purse of her choice.

Needs for a Man's Closet

A man's closet needs efficiency. For example, you can double storage space by folding their pants over a hanger (instead of hanging them long).

Shelves are great for keeping men's shoes off the floor. Tie and belt racks make it easy to find accessories on busy work mornings. Drawers with dividers also work for both tie and sock storage, and you can use clips, hooks or top shelves to store sports caps.

A collection of caps can actually create a nice decorative feature for your closet. Slide-out baskets are a great tool to store items for dry cleaning. And a cube organizer can hold folded sweat pants, athletic shoes and sports accessories.

Things to Consider When Sharing a Closet

Since space is at a premium in most homes, you may need to share a closet with your significant other. Creating a harmonious closet not only keeps your house tidy, it may help maintain peace in your relationship. Deciding what you have to store is especially important for shared closets, and designating specific areas for each person is essential.

A tall cabinet of drawers can provide storage but can also serve as an important divider between the two his-and-hers zones of the closet. Baskets on each side of the closet are handy storage tools for casual flip flops or other personal items that don't need their own space on a shelf.

Closets for Kids

Since kids grow quickly and their needs and sizes change often, the experts say creating a flexible closet is the way to go. "Adjustable rods and poles allow a closet to evolve as a baby becomes a toddler, then a grade-schooler and eventually a teen with a trendy wardrobe," says Ginny Snook Scott, chief organization officer for California Closets.

A Closet that Grows with Your Little Girl

Help your child establish good organizing and storage habits early by installing rods low where they can reach clothes and help pick out outfits. Using different-colored bins for storing toys really helps kids visualize where things need to go. A combination of baskets and cubbies provides lots of flexibility and storage options for kids of all ages.

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