Organization is a big part of interior design. If you do not have a proper inventory of clothing, and other items going into your closet, how will you know what types of space you will need to design? This is especially true for bedroom closets. Some closets are very simple and small, while others are so large and detailed they take months to design and build. There are a few key steps to ensuring the success of your closet organization and interior design no mater what style or size it is.
- Take an inventory of everything you own.
- Make notes on how you store your clothing and other closet items.
- Account for some clothing and items that you will accumulate in the near future.
- If you are sharing with someone, decide who gets which space.
- Measure your clothing in order to make sure you will have enough space to store it.
INVENTORY AND CURRENT STORAGE:
Taking an inventory of what clothing and closet items you own is very important when designing a closet. Even if you are using a professional interior designer, you must make sure that you have this information ready at hand for them to refer to. If they don’t ask, make sure you bring it to their attention. Not all designers will take into account what actually needs to be stored in your closet.
- There are some standard categories that you can itemize your belongings into:
- Short Hanging: Short hanging items are any items that will hang in a 36”-39” high space. These items usually include dress shirts, casual shirts, short jackets, and pants folded over a hanger.
- Long Hanging: Long hanging items are any items that are long in height like dresses, long skirts, or pants hung at length on a hanger rather then folded over the hanger. These items generally need about a 57”-60” space in order to fit. The best way to make sure is to measure the length of the longest item after it is hung. Folded Items: Folded items generally need a space about 12-14” wide by 13-15” deep. This will vary depending on the type of item you are folding. Casual t-shirts will take up less room then bulky sweaters or jeans.
- Bags: Some handbags, briefcases or luggage collections can need a good amount of organization. Do you store your handbags in protective sacks? Do you need regular access to your luggage? It is important to have good access to your bags and not worry about taking large heavy items down from high, unreachable shelving if used regularly. Cubbies are a nice way to store handbags. Make sure you measure your bags so that you do not end up squeezing them into too small of a space.
- Shoes: Shoes tend to vary in size from high boots to low sneakers and all in between. Since shoe collections do tend to change even after your closet is designed, consider using adjustable shelves. It is also a good idea to have shoes in an area that is either ventilated or not right on top of other clothing since shoes can tend to get that ‘not so fresh’ feeling.
- Accessories: Accessories range from belts and ties to jewelry, scarves. These items call for creative ideas in order to keep them accessible and organized. Ties for example can be hung vertically off a pull out storage area for easy access. (bedroom_closet_tiestorage). Belts are also a type of accessory that can get lost in the shuffle. Aim to keep them handy and easy to grab on the way out.
CURRENT CLOTHING STORAGE
Do you hang your pants long or folded over the hanger? Do you have a lot of bulky sweaters that you like to fold? Different people prefer different ways of storing their clothing, so don’t assume that any standard closet design is good for you. Before setting out to design your closet, make a chart of your existing clothing by using the above categories. This chart can be given to your interior designer or a specialized closet designer in order to allow them to properly design your closet. By using this chart, you and your designer will not only know how many pairs of pants you own, but also if you will need shelving or a hanger to store them.
Remember that your clothing is unique to your size. If you are very tall or very short, the length you need for hanging items will vary. When in doubt, take out a tape measure and measure your clothing to see what size it is. Remember to leave about 5-10” above that for the hanging depending on the type of hanger.
COUPLES CLOSET ORGANIZATION
Some couples share closets while others have their own individual closet space. Sometimes it is a choice to share a closet with your partner while other times it is due to limited space. If the option to take on your own separate closets is available, this is a good idea. Your closet should be your own personal area since each person treats their clothing and accessories differently. Some specialty closets however are very large and in that case, can be shared by two people without much hassle.
If you do not have an option to have your own closet, then designating each area within the space can be helpful. You will save valuable time in the morning if you do not have to sort through and try to guess which clothes are yours. It can be hard enough to get started in the morning without the extra hassle of your partner’s clothes in the way.
If you have some of your own space and some shared space, try to use the shared closet for accessories, shoes and jackets. These items are easier to identify and keep separate and this way you still have your own area for more important clothing.
A good closet design will result in good closet organization which will save you time and energy. Remember that each person has a unique way to store items and that even with a professional designer or closet organizer, you should be aware of your storage needs in order to better communicate these needs to them. This will result in a beautiful and highly functional closet and storage area for you and your partner to enjoy!
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