Design Recipes: Closet Envy | Siouxland houses

When it comes to closets, organization is often the top priority. But where do you start?

There is a mindset that everything should have its place. Do you have small items that you’re worried about losing? Place them in decorative boxes rather than loosely on shelves. Do you have items that don’t work well on hangers? Create slits so they can be folded neatly. Here are some top tips for creating a functional and inviting wardrobe.

Use boxes and containers to store small items.

Color code your wardrobe by mixing and matching similar colors and patterns.

Integrate narrow or snuggly hangers to create more space.

Don’t keep items in your closet that you haven’t worn for at least a year. Remove items that are no longer needed or worn out.

If possible, do not mix clothes from different seasons in the same closet. If you have enough storage space, try to keep items seasonal in your closet.

Don’t design your closet before you’ve taken stock of what you have and have a plan for how you want your closet to function. Otherwise, you may end up creating a closet that isn’t fully maximized for use.

(Cathy Hobbs, a resident of New York City, is an Emmy Award-winning television host and a nationally recognized expert in interior design and home staging with offices in New York City, Boston, and Washington, DC. Contact her at [email protected] or visit her website at

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