How about some quick upgrades to the structure of your closet to better accommodate the wonderful new wardrobe you’re going to create? It doesn’t have to be a full build-out (not that you aren’t entitled to that if it’s your choice). But just a few simple, budget-friendly DIY tweaks can make a big improvement in the practicality of the storage space.
To improve visibility, remove the ceiling light’s decorative cover for maximum light. Trade out the old bulbs for new, cooler LEDs or CFLs and get much brighter lighting with comparable wattage. No more mistaking the black pants for navy in dim lighting.
If rod space is short, create a double-hanging area. Hardware and organizing stores offer options from wire shelves to supplemental bars that hang from the main rod above. I found this one at Bed Bath & Beyond, or you can make one yourself with S-hooks, lightweight chain and a sturdy dowel.
And while you’re at it, get those flimsy metal hangers back to the dry cleaners to recycle and invest in some nicer quality ones. Plastic tubular ones are a big improvement for as little as a dime each. My client Sue outfitted her closet with luxurious options from www.hangers.com.
My preference is somewhere in the middle… the flat plastic swivel-head style for tops and dresses, the Z-shapes for fold-hanging pants without making a crease and the clamp style for skirts of for pants hung full-length. (Tip: clamp pants by the hem edge so the weight of the waistband/pocket area will pull out any sit-down wrinkles.)
As you make upgrades to your closet we’d love to hear about them or see pictures.