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Need help to set up a brand new walk in closet

A clean slate to work with (while fun) can also be overwhelming as the sky is the limit to what you can create! Here’s how I would tackle this project:

1. Figure out your budget for a closet system. There are plenty of options out there and here are some of my favorites to take a look at from Rubbemaid (and two other options here and here). Once you have your working budget in place, it’s time to get busy organizing.

2. Sort your clothes using the ‘like with like’ organizing principle (all your blouses together, all the dresses together—you get the picture). Or you can organize clothes as pre-arranged outfits so that you’re taking the guess work out of getting dressed in the morning. The reason for this is determining how much ‘long-hang’ space  you’ll need opposed to ‘short-hang’ space as well as how much room each category will occupy.

3. Also decide what categories you prefer to fold (sweaters and jeans). This way, you’ll be able to figure out how much shelf and/or cubby space to allow. Don’t forget to leave room for purses, hats, accessories and jewelry.

4. When creating your walk in closet space, ask yourself, “do you prefer items stored or on display?”  Drawers and bins work best to keep items out of view and open shelves and hooks are great for those who like to see what they own.

5. And finally, place items in the closet that correspond to how often you wear them. Everyday items should get hung front and center and loss often worn clothes towards the back.

**Image from Flickr user jinglejammer used with permission under a Creative Commons License

Beth Zeigler knew she was on an organizing path when at the age of 5 she was maximizing her closet space to function as a second bedroom for her dolls. Throw in her background of delegating tasks to her younger brother throughout childhood–and her transition to organizing developed quite organically. Check out her web site at Bneato!

Do you have a room or area in your home that needs organization help?

No worries – the Rubbermaid Professional Organizer Squad is here with expert advice! This group of professional organizers has seen and tackled it all. Simply enter your question, screen name and email to submit your question to them (any organizing question is welcome, no matter how simple or complicated!). We’ll answer and feature questions the squad can provide the best answers on. Don’t worry – we’ll email you if your question is selected!

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