|Marilyn Wetston offers tips on how to make more space in your closet when there's none left. (Fotolia)
Heather writes: I have a small closet and cannot afford to build a walk-in. Even after getting rid of a lot of clothing by following your closet organizing instructions, I still have trouble keeping everything in one closet. By the time I put my winter jackets, evening wear, bathrobe and clothes into it, it is overstuffed.
I realize I actually use only what is in my bedroom. How can I organize my winter clothes and accessories so that they are not crammed together in my closet or stored out of sight in jewelry boxes or in my basement?
Marilyn Replies: Once you have edited all your clothes, segregate your winter from your summer. Keep your current season’s clothing in your bedroom closet and store others elsewhere.
Here are some other tips:
1. Usually you will use what is easy to see and simple to access. It is ideal to have everything you use in the place you need it so put your things in their best and most convenient location.
2. Generally you will have time to go to another closet to select what you plan to wear for special occasions. Therefore, make more space in your bedroom closet by removing your formal attire and storing it separately.
3. If possible, move your heavier coats, jackets and capes to your entry closet. Use the shelf above for your gloves, earmuffs and scarves, and store your boots beneath.
4. No closet? Invest in a simple solution such as a unit with wall hooks. Put a tray below and keep your boots there. You can place a shelf above the hooks to hold your hats and mitts. This way, everything you require when you leave your home will be exactly where you need it.
5. Hang your bathrobes, nighties and PJs on hooks on the back of your bathroom door.
Once you have moved the items you don’t need in your bedroom closet to a more efficient location, you will have more space for your day-to-day wear.
Increase closet capacity
1. You can further increase the capacity of your closet by changing the racking. Double racking will double your closet capacity. To accomplish this and perhaps more, you can seek the help of a professional organizer in your area, visit Organizersincanada.com for more information.
2. Don’t forget your bedroom door conceals what is behind it. The back of your door can house a belt rack and another half way down. The wall covered by your door when open can also serve to store belts, scarves and necklaces. No need to fish through boxes to find the perfect accessory and no one can see it but you.
3. There are all sorts of ingenious space savers and organizers to help you keep all your treasures visible and accessible. To view and understand essential closet accessories, follow this link: Spacesolutions.ca/spacesolutionsweblog/?p=245 or visit a local store that sells organizing accessories and discover what works best for you.
It is wonderful to have a dream closet, but it is just as pleasing to have a simple one that organizes your clothes and accessories so you can enjoy your wardrobe without a struggle.
Definitely finish your job by hanging your clothes separately on quality hangers. Mixing and matching items to create different looks will be simpler once you have mastered the art of editing and organizing what you have.
If you are not computer savvy, feel free to ask your questions in a letter and enclose a postage-paid envelope and I will gladly respond.
"Wardrobe Doctor" Marilyn Wetston is the owner of Marilyn’s, 200 Spadina Ave., Toronto, Ont. Follow her on Facebook to ask your questions Facebook.com/MarilynsToronto.