Is your closet a black hole that frustrates you every time you open the door? Can you never find an item of clothing when you’re desperately looking for it? Organising your wardrobe in a neat way is a lot easier and less stressful than you’d think. Here are 10 ways to do it.

It’s tempting to fold clothes so that it’s easier to stack them on top of each other but using hangers is the way to go. Not only does putting clothes on hangers look after them better – especially delicate items – it also helps them stay in shape. Also make sure you use the proper types of hangers, such as sturdy wooden hangers for suit jackets or blazers.

To avoid wasting time searching for something to wear, place the clothes you wear most often at eye level. Store the ones that you use less at the bottom and the ones that you hardly use – admit it, we all have such clothes – higher up.

If you haven’t worn something in 12 months – or more – it’s time to throw it away. Be honest with yourself and ask, am I really going to wear this again? If the answer is no, say goodbye to it and donate it to charity, sell it online or give it to someone you know who will use it.

Arrange your clothes according to type, such as skirts, dresses, blouses, trousers, etc. And, within these categories, put them together in their own little sections too, such as according to sleeve length or colour. It’ll be a lot easier to search for something to wear, especially when you’re running late.

Don’t dump your handbags at the back of your closet as you’ll not only most likely forget about them but also possibly ruin their shape. Fit a few hooks in your closet (on the side or on the rail) and hang your bags on them. Use one hook for a few bags, to save space.

Use dividers in your drawers to separate small items such as underwear and socks. This avoids the frustration of seeing them all tangled up and also saves time. Get them from home stores or make your own with recycled cardboard. Bonus tip: place the ones you use most often in the front part of the drawer so it’s always easiest to reach.

The worst way to store shoes is in their original cardboard boxes. Get some slim plastic shoe boxes instead, which allow you to see each pair inside. It’ll be easier to find your shoes and also makes sure that all of them are used because if you can’t see them, you won’t be able to wear them either. Stack the boxes or get hanging canvas shelves, which are affordable and save space too. If you’re not a fan of boxes, build a slanted platform at the bottom of your closer and display your shoes on it – you’ll be able to see all your shoes as soon as you open the closet door.

If you’re a neat freak, use shelf dividers so that your folded clothes don’t topple on top of each other. Stack them according to type and label each section so that you can easily find items.

Use baskets or plastic containers to collect odds and ends like scarves and large accessories. It’s useful if you don’t have enough of one item to have a separate drawer or section for it, so they can all be kept here.

Put some lights in your closet so that you can always see what you’re looking at. There’s nothing worse than frantically searching for something in your closet when you’re getting dressed at night because you simply can’t see the items clearly.

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