Designing for Your Day: 5 Tips for Organized Closet Design
Getting ready to go in the morning can be filled with minor hang-ups and hiccups that might otherwise disrupt a smoothly running day –from waking up late to forgetting where you put that favorite pair of shoes. Luckily, smart organization gives us a powerful ounce of prevention so we can nip those annoyances in the bud and sail smoothly through.
Part of becoming and staying organized is developing a system … and how do you develop that system? With design, of course! Designing for organization begins where your day starts and ends: in the closet. Your closet design should have a flow that fits your routine and your lifestyle. Follow these five design tips to create maximum closet “flow” and a sustainable organization system that will help you begin and end your day in a peaceful state of mind:
- Plan space for your frequently-worn clothing items first. Double hanging rods allow plenty of space to fit all of your everyday clothes. This double hanging space will act as your main hub when getting dressed. This is also a great place to include belt and tie racks so you can easily reach them when selecting your outfit.
- Install a fold-out ironing board near your double hanging sections for a practical (and priceless) closet addition. Mornings are more efficient when both clothes and ironing board are conveniently side-by-side. You can quickly iron freshly-laundered clothes and hang them up, all in the same space!
- Place a hutch with drawers or shelves adjacent to, or in between, your double hanging sections. This allows you to get to undergarments and folded items as you’re viewing and reaching for the everyday hanging items. Installing a hutch in the center can also act as a natural dividing line if two people are sharing a closet.
- Add some longer hanging sections for less frequently worn items as you move outwards from the double hanging sections. Long hanging in corner spaces is a great place to store occasional-wear items like formal dresses and suits.
- Place shoe shelves closest to the door for a logical on/off station, as shoes are usually the last part of the outfit to put on at the beginning of the day, and the first thing to come off at the end. A hamper also works well by the door. You can deposit worn clothes and grab the hamper as you leave for the laundry room.
You’ll be amazed at how efficient and useful your closet can be when every section has a specific place and purpose. Your wardrobe and daily routine are uniquely your own, so think through what matters most as you design your closet. A custom closet is truly “custom” when it’s designed with your habits in mind! For more tips and ideas on custom closet designing, visit our Space Planning page!