Now that you’ve cleaned out the proverbial emotional baggage from your closet (see part 1), it’s time to take inventory. Consider taking bulky items like jeans and sweats off their hangers, as these could (& should in my humble opinion) be folded instead. Hang the rest by length. Now you can measure how much hanging space you’ll need for shorter and longer pieces and assess how much space you’ll need for accessories, shoes and stacks of bulky items.
Take a good long look at your closet space. Whenever I plan a space, I find it helpful to just sit and look at the space with minimal distractions from different angles. Is there any unused space? Room to put a shelf (or two) above the rod or space on the floor for shoe racks, baskets or storage cubes. Is your closet deep enough to accommodate side shelving like blogger lovemagean.com ‘s closet?
Visualize different scenarios in your closet, I like to draw my possibilities out on paper. If you were to double up your hanging of shorter items using this hanging bar from Amazon, you may then see you can free up space for shelving. Don’t forget about the potential of over the door storage for shoes, belts, scarves or jewelry.
Also consider the potential to stack. If you put cubbies on your top shelf for handbags or jeans, you can stack more cubbies or boxes on top.
So, jot some notes & brainstorm. Visit sites like flickr, the nest, apartment therapy, martha stewart, real simple or just google closet organization to get different ideas.
Stay tuned for part 3 on sources to execute your plan!