Taking Your Closet From Drab to Fab

ClothesToPackForStudyAbroad_LaurenJohnsonFrom dorm rooms to apartments, many of us have become accustomed to the small closet life. Sure we all probably have high hopes of having a roomy walk-in closet one-day, but for now we must make use of what we have. Having a small closet means maximizing every inch of space. Organization is a key factor in successful space maximization.

Start off the Fall semester on the right foot with these several organizational tips that Valley put together just for you.

1. Some of us might find it hard to get rid of clothes and you may have taken clothes back to school with you that you think you’ll wear, but they’ll just sit in the back of your closet or in drawers all semester. Go through every article of clothing and ask yourself this question, “If I were shopping right now would I buy this item?” If the answer is yes, keep it. If the answer is no, donate it.

2. What’s the point of purchasing the latest and greatest fall wardrobe items if you can’t find anything in your closet? Start by organizing all of your garments by category (ie: sweaters, t-shirts, jackets, coats, ect.) and if you want to take it one step further, you can sort your different categories by color.

3. After organizing your wardrobe into categories, follow these methods to effectively and efficiently arrange your garments.


Heavier garments such as sweaters should be folded, along with garments that are holey so the hangers don’t ruin them. The bulkier sweaters should be kept on the bottom of the stacks to create sturdier piles.


Hang as many tops as possible. If you can’t hang all of them, hang the tops that you wear the most and fold the rest. Be sure not to compress your tops and hangers too close to one another to the point where each top is no longer visible – it will wrinkle your clothes and it’s not good for the garments.


Organize and separate your jeans/pants in a way that makes the most sense for you whether that may be by color, style or brand. The easiest way to store your jeans is to fold them, which allows more space in your closet for other wardrobe items that absolutely need to be hung. As for your other pants such as leggings, cargos or harem pants, they can also be folded to save space. However, depending on the material of the pants, if the pants wrinkle easily, you might want to consider hanging them instead. Who really likes to iron, anyways?

4. Make use of any leftover space in your room such as the back of your door or under your bed. You can store shoes in wire grids hung on the back of a door. All of the piles that you previously folded can be stored in clear plastic bins underneath your bed and in the bottom of you closet as well.

We hope these tips will add some tidiness to your closet and peace of mind for you. Happy organizing!

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