4 Mistakes You’re Making in Your Closet

A well organized closet plays a key role in creating stylish outfits. Unfortunately, hectic schedules and busy mornings can cause many of our closets to look more like a war zone than a put together place for your fashionable duds to reside. Take a look at these four mistakes you could be making with your closet. Correct them, and you and your clothes will be happier.

1. Your closet is packed

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InStyle magazine spoke with decorator, pro-organizer, and founder of CASA & Company Sabrina Soto about what your biggest closet offense is and here’s what she had to say: “Jamming too much stuff in your closet.” Over stuffing your closet hinders you in several ways: It leaves you with no idea about what you have hanging, making it nearly impossible to plan your outfits, and it can wrinkle and ruin your clothes. You can easily solve this issue by cleaning out and editing down your closet. Also, you can invest in thinner hangers, replacing the ones you currently have, which allow for 25% more space in your closet. Picking out your clothes for the day can finally be something fun again.

2. Your shoes are in absolute chaos

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Do shoes come tumbling out every time you open your closet? That is a major no-no. “Never simply throw shoes in a pile on the floor,” says Kimberley Ripley of Florsheim Shoes. “They’ll lose their shape, and their uppers may sustain irreparable damage.” Your shoes, sneakers, and boots are some of your hardest working accessories so treating them right by storing them properly (even when you swap out your seasonal styles) keeps them wearable for years.

Be aware of this fact: Of all the clothes and items in your closet (barring leather or suede jackets), your shoes are the most susceptible to humidity, gravity, and aridity, which can really take a toll on your footwear. As time goes on, folds and creases form in worn shoes that permanently changes the structure of the shoes. Basically, as the materials age, they stiffen.

The shoes you wear throughout the week only need the minor support of say, a shoe tree or a quick reshape by using your hand before you put them away. When it comes to shoes that you wear less frequently, they need more structured storage — use wooden shoehorns and stretchers. These are great options for keeping your shoes in shape, just make sure you purchase your correct size so you don’t stretch out your shoes. Also, be careful before you use the inserts and let your shoes air out any residual moisture because the insert can trap dampness and could lead to deterioration of the shoe. Now that you know this, your specialized options for shoe storage range from wire racks, to boxes, to custom cabinets, but optimal storage depends upon how often those shoes are worn.

3. Your closet is severly disorganized

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There is no organizational value to hanging clothes and throwing them all together to “get it over with.” Instead, your pants should be relegated to one area and hung together, same goes for your shirts, suits, jeans, etc. You’ll be amazed at how easily it will be to access your closet.

4. Your seasons are mixed together

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To make your life easier and your closet happier, keep clothes from the same seasons together. First, it doesn’t make organizational or logical sense to have shorts hanging by your winter jackets; it’s both frustrating to look at and not aesthetically pleasing.

Second, there’s going to come a time when the seasons change, and if your clothes are all meshed together, you’ll have a hard time finding what you really need. Instead, employ a season rotation with your clothes, either keeping your warmer clothes confined to the back of your closet during the winter (with your winter clothes up front) or keep your warm weather clothes in storage, simply switching your closet out when the season changes.