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The Right Way to Organize Your Closet

By the editors of MSN Living Oct 24, 2012 8:42PM

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All the tips, tricks and tools you need to get more from the most underutilized space in your home.

1. Use all available space.
Build overhead shelves for items you don't use every day, such as hats and scarves. Place additional containers below hanging clothes.

2. Protect your shoes.
Custom sliding shelves let you display your footwear neatly while keeping the dust off. Or try modular shoeboxes with built-in windows so you can tell your wing tips from your cap toes.

3. Take the mess out of laundry.
A built-in hamper is a practical and stylish way to manage dirty clothes.

4. Make room for folded stuff.
Most men don't have enough space for sweaters and socks. Adjustable shelves allow your closet arrangement to evolve with your storage needs.

5. Go with a tiered system.
Install two short rods, one above the other, to maximize space for suit jackets and folded trousers. Reserve another area for longer items like coats.

6. Diversify your storage.
Invest in containers of various sizes, including cedar tie holders and woven sweater boxes. Felt trays will help corral smaller items and cut down on clutter.

7. Air out your clothes.
When you've just worn a garment that doesn't need to be cleaned, hang it on a valet for a few hours before returning it to the closet to stop residual oils and odors from spreading.

8. Invest in a watch winder.
If you wear an automatic (self-winding) timepiece, this accessory will keep it running when it's not on your wrist.

Tip: When you run out of storage space, upscale facilities like Garde Robe can help. Not only will they pick up, catalog,\ and securely store your clothes, they'll also deliver them to you anywhere in the world. garderobeonline.com

Illustration by Matt Collins

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