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My favorite part of the day is getting up, meandering into my closet and getting ready in the morning. But this was not always the case. I used to dread heading into the chaos that was my closet! (Image: Ashley Hafstead)
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10 tips to turn your chaotic closet into an organizational dream

My favorite part of the day is getting up, meandering into my closet and getting ready in the morning. But this was not always the case. I used to dread heading into the chaos that was my closet! Mismatched hangers, things crammed everywhere and jewelry stuffed and shoved in just about any place I could find made a trip into my closet something out of a nightmare. But with just a few simple tips and tricks, you can turn your nightmare closet into something that dreams are made of.

1. Hangers

Get rid of all your mismatched hangers (make sure to donate them) and invest in matching hangers. This simple solution is the easiest way to give your closet have more of a boutique feel. Choose the color of your hangers wisely; if you have a smaller space, opt for a lighter color to make the room feel bigger, and if you are looking for a more masculine vibe, try wood or black hangers. Pro Tip: Velvet hangers are the best, especially if you are tired of your clothes always falling off your hangers!

2. Categorize & Color Coordinate

Now that you have new hangers, categorize your clothing by color. Start by putting all skirts, sweaters, dresses, tops, pants etc. together in separate piles; you can even go as far as taking dresses, skirts, and tops and dividing them by length into long and short piles. Next, color coordinate all of your piles; start with your blacks and move through the color wheel to whites. This will help you save time when searching your closet the next time you're running late, and it looks oh so pretty!

3. Scarves

In D.C., everyone has a decent number of scarves for those cold winter days, and scarves tend to take over a space. A simple fix is to hang your scarves individually on children's hangers, to allow you to see each individual scarf and save space. Don’t forget to color coordinate these too.

4. Hang Boots

If you have a lot of over the knee boots, hang them up. Boots tend to loose their shape over time, but by hanging them, you can both see what you have and preserve the shape of your boots.

5. Valet Rods

Valet rods are pure magic! They are simply a rod that collapses in on itself and can be pulled out to hang clothes on. They are great for laundry days as you can hang your clothes as you go, and then put them away afterwards. They are also fabulous for laying out an outfit the night before.

6. Jewelry

Hang it up and display it. If you can't see it, or don’t have a designated spot for it, chances are you have forgotten what you have. A great way to display necklaces is a clear pegboard with hooks. For your favorite pieces, display them on a desk or center island.

7. Seating

Finding a spot for a small stool or chair is a game changer in your closet. It makes putting on shoes and taking them off so much easier.

8. Clothes Bin

Don’t shove your dirty laundry behind closed doors -- grab a beautiful basket or vessel and display it instead. This will help you avoid dirty laundry piling up. If the bin is starting to overflow, it's laundry time.

9. Add Height

Make sure to utilize the entire height of your closet. A super high shelf is great for hats or other things you don’t grab everyday. Tuck a collapsable ladder behind your clothes for easy access to those extra high shelves.

10. Enjoy

Take in your new, organized closet and enjoy!

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