14 Secrets from a Pro Organizer to Help You Store Your Clothes

14 Clothes Storage Tips from a Professional Organizer

Professional Organizer's Clothes Storage Tips
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Have you ever wondered what a professional organizer would say if they peeked inside of your closet? Well, now is your chance to find out...sort of.  We talked to professional organizer Juli Oliver to find out the tops and techniques she uses with her won clients in New York City.

Storing jeans.

When storing jeans, try storing them by hem length and then label the drawer or shelf: ankle length, regular length (to wear with wedges or 2” heels) and long--just like they do in stores.

 This is especially helpful if you have a really large jean collection.  If you have the room then hang jeans and pants on pant hangers. Not only do they look neat, don't get wrinkled and they are easy to find to see of course. If you don't have enough hanging space fold them with the back end pockets facing up so its easier to identify the style.

Small closet.

Store your clothes seasonally by four seasons instead of two. This may be a head scratcher if you live in say, Southern California or Bali, but even if you’re in a year-round warm climate, you can probably separate clothes you will wear in the fall but not in the spring.

Choose the right hangers.

Flat, felt, nonslip, space saving hangers (not for outerwear) is my go to type of hanger. Having all the same type hangers really makes things look much more organized and streamlined.

Keep like items with like.

Evening wear/occasional event clothing should be grouped together, hung towards the back of the space.

Everyday clothing- front and center. Shorter clothing on the top, longer on the bottom.

If you're a visual person, hang as much as you can.

You'll find those items more quickly.

Ditch the dry cleaning bags.

Never keep sweaters, coats, pants, or any other clothing in plastic dry cleaning bags.  They are bad for your clothing because they trap moisture & add "clutter" in the closet.

Separate folded clothing.

Roll tank tops, layering shirts and workout clothing- takes up less room and when rolled, they are much less wrinkled. Having square and rectangular open bins to contain items like t-shirts, tanks, socks etc. not only looks organized, but offers easy access.

Store out of season items up high.

Add another closet rod if your ceilings are extra tall.

Neat and clean.

Fold sweaters in neat piles on shelves, and again I recommend, color coding, and keeping the same types together, i.e.: cashmere with cashmere. Shelf dividers are handy when so many are stacked high to prevent tipping over and looking messy.

If storing off-season, make sure to clean and remove stains first, then store in clear plastic containers with a tight fitting lid to prevent moths and other pests who may making holes in those precious sweaters. Make sure there is room for them to breathe. Add tissue paper between layers and add a cedar block or a sachet for freshness.

Color code.

Group clothes together by color.  It's appealing to the eye, & whichever color you're feeling that day you can go right to it because it's organized & ready to wear!

Suit storage.

Keep the pants and jackets together. Good sturdy suit hangers are the key here.

Wood is best for suits although bulky and takes up more space.

Folding skirt hangers.

For skirts use a folding skirt hanger- huge space saver. Multiple skirts hanging together in the same place! Use vertical space.

Don't over stuff the closet!

Overstuffing is not good for your clothing and makes them harder to find. It is a huge time waster trying to find what you want to wear and who wants wrinkles!

(Tip: Here’s a guide to When to Get Rid of Clothes)

Outfit yourself from head to toe.

Lay out your clothing ahead. Some of my clients are highly organized when it comes to their clothing and like to hang the entire outfit together, from undergarments to the accessories!

Do the seasonal switch out.

Most of us don't have the space to have all the four seasons out at the same time, and need to do the seasonal storage switch.

TIP: Send winter coats to the dry cleaners for cleaning and most will store them for you until you need them again months from now.