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Jumpstart Your Day: 3 Easy Ways to Organize the Closet

Keep clutter at bay with these effortless tricks

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Photography: Dairy Darilag Styling: Tala Singson

What better way to spend the long weekend than by organizing your closet and cabinets? After sorting through your stuff and folding the last piece of shirt, avoid clutter buildup with the help of these handy tips:

Sittings Editor: Dagny Madamba. Shot on location at Muji.

Group and fix your linen

Avoid keeping your beddings, comforters, and linend in plastic bags as these can trap moisture and mildew.

What you can do: 

  • Fold and stack beddings inside drawers lined with acid-free paper. This will prevent yellowing and discoloration.
  • Use breathable canvas bags to organize your linen and keep them fluffy.
Segregate your clothes

Always having a hard time finding your favorite pair of pants? Save yourself from stress and save on time by fixing your clothes according to how often you wear them.

What you can do:

  • Pick a spot in your closet and keep your favorite and frequently-worn clothes there.
  • Store the least used pieces at the bottom shelf, and the often-used ones at the top.
  • Keep seasonal thermal wear in boxes under the bed or on the highest shelf.
  • Use appropriate hangers: wood with rubber slip-guards on the shoulders for suit jackets, plastic for button-downs, and padded hangers for delicate fabrics.

RL Tip: Consider color-coordinating your clothes and storing them in "sets" to save time getting dressed in the morning.

Don't forget your shoes and bags

Where do you usually place your collection of bags and shoes? We hope you're not dumping them inside the closet!

What you can do:

  • If you have enough closet space, designate one compartment for your shoes and bags. Make sure your cabinet doors are louvered or perforated to let the leather breathe.
  • For long-term storage, you may keep them in boxes or cubbies stuffed with acid-free paper to keep their shape. You can use empty wine bottles to hold boots upright to avoid creases.
  • Hang your handbags on hooks only if you use each regularly. Hooks may damage the handles over time.

RL Tip: Avoid enclosing your shoes entirely so they won't get moldy over time. It's essential to allow them to "breathe." 

This story originally appeared in the February 2015 issue of Real Living Magazine. Minor edits have been made by the realliving.com.ph editors. To learn more about the products featured in this story, download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App. Log on to summitnewsstand.com.ph/real-living for more details.

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