How to Organize Your Closet

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How to Organize Your Closet
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We’re teaming up with Ziploc® and pro organizer Melanie Charlton to share some hacks to keep your closet organized year-round by investing in smart storage tools and adopting healthy habits.

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Move your off-season clothes to storage. Stow away all warm-weather garments in breathable bags.

Move your off-season clothes to storage. Stow away all warm-weather garments in breathable bags.

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Go through all of your stuff. Toss anything that’s broken or never used. While you’re going through your closet to stow off-season stuff, make a donate and trash pile.

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“The easiest way to give your closet a makeover is to use all the same color and style hanger — this creates order and allows the eye to find your clothes,” explains Melanie.

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Use Ziploc® bags to organize jewelry. Leave the ends of necklaces outside of the plastic bag, then zip the mouth around the chains. This will help avoid tangled chains AKA the bane of our existence.

Use Ziploc® bags to organize jewelry. Leave the ends of necklaces outside of the plastic bag, then zip the mouth around the chains. This will help avoid tangled chains AKA the bane of our existence.

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Sharing a closet with your partner? “It's important for couples to mediate on their edits and learn about each other's belongings and *then* come to a decision on who gets what space.”

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Vertical space is your best friend. Maximize it! Add shelves to the tippy top of your closet and buy tall and skinny furniture that won’t take up as much square footage.

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Try Ziploc® Space Bag®! Instead of wasting precious shelving space with piles of spare bedding, stow ‘em in a Space Bag® compression bag.

Try Ziploc® Space Bag®! Instead of wasting precious shelving space with piles of spare bedding, stow ‘em in a Space Bag® compression bag.

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Organize your closet by clothing type and color. This will make it easier to find your garments. Plus, color-coordinated things are extremely satisfying to look at, amirite?

Organize your closet by clothing type and color. This will make it easier to find your garments. Plus, color-coordinated things are extremely satisfying to look at, amirite?

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Invest in furniture that doubles as storage. If your closet is *still* overflowing, get smart about storage in other spaces of your home. Try a storage ottoman or living room furniture with drawers.

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Choose tomorrow’s outfit the night before. To avoid decision fatigue and the daily AM tornado when deciding on your outfit, figure it out the night before.

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Live in an extra-small space? You may need to change the way you shop. “Tiny spaces require the most careful edits,” explains Melanie. “They require the strongest need to live an ‘edited’ life”.

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These hacks might seem overwhelming at first, but to live an organized life without excess as a long-term plan actually has been proven to reduce stress!

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