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  • Ever dream of having a closet like you see in magazines? Those closet organizing systems

  • are great, but getting a closet that works for you means spending some time planning.

  • Youll be glad you did.

  • Start by thinking about what isn’t working for you now. Not enough hanger space? Too

  • many boxes on the floor? Can’t find what youre looking for? Make a list and keep

  • it handy.

  • Next, sort your stuff into three piles: keep, donate, and toss.

  • After sorting, fold and hang things neatly. Knits do best folded, and try to keep folded

  • stacks to about six inches high to avoid toppling over.

  • When all is nice and neat, measure everything, which will help you determine how much space

  • youll need for storage.

  • Next draw up a plan of the space youre working with. Lowe’s has planners to help

  • you with this step.

  • Begin with the closet dimensions: height, width and depth. Since the walls might be

  • out of square it’s best to measure the length and depth at three different spots and use

  • the shortest measurement. Mark windows and doors, and make note of how

  • the doors open. Also mark utilities, access panels, and studs.

  • One more thing: your wall type will determine how you secure your closet system and which

  • hardware youll need.

  • Next think about an organizing system that works best for you. Wire systems are budget-friendly

  • and adjustable.

  • Or maybe you prefer the classic look of a wood organizer. These systems keep everything

  • tucked away nicely, and have many options to fit your needs.

  • And, if you like features of each system, you can use them together. Lowe’s planners

  • list all the options.

  • When you've decided on a system, add your solutions to your plan. Start by placing units

  • for your most frequently used items within easy reach. Shirts and pants are best on double

  • hang rods. Try one at 80 inches high and the lower one at 40 inches. For dresses and hanging

  • pants, use a single hang rod at 70 inches.

  • Skinny, velvet-covered hangers save space and keep clothes from slipping. And special

  • belt rack hangers are great for easy access.

  • Shelves are next. Space them at least 12 inches apart vertically for stacked clothes. For

  • wire systems, shorter shelf lengths let you adjust to various heights allowing more storage

  • area.

  • Then consider the accessories: baskets for scarves, cubbies for shoes, and drawers for

  • socks. The cool part is newer closet kits are adjustable

  • so you can mix it up however you want.

  • Consider using a continuous hanger rod for easy sliding.

  • Want to get the most space from a corner? You can attach an adjacent shelf with wall

  • brackets.

  • With your plan mapped out, you can begin the installation.

  • Want more great ideas and how-to’s? Go to Lowes.com/HowTo or just click to subscribe.

  • Next, learn how to install a wood closet organizer.

Ever dream of having a closet like you see in magazines? Those closet organizing systems

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How to Organize Your Closet

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    Candy   posted on 2015/11/04
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