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10 Affordable Essentials for an Organized Closet

Remember the basics for a neat, streamlined cabinet that will make getting ready a breeze

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Photography: Miguel Nacianceno

Banish "I have nothing to wear!" from your consciousness. The best way to solve the daily dilemma of putting together an outfit is to see every article of clothing that you own. This way, nothing gets pushed to the corner or gets buried under a pile of shirts and jeans -- you will instantly find whatever it is you need. To make dressing up an easy, enjoyable part of your daily ritual, we asked interior designers Hannah Acab-Faustino and Fritz Santos to name 10 closet essentials.

Read the original article ("Closet-minded”) in the June 2009 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App now! Log on to summitnewsstand.com.ph/real-living for more details. 

  • Wooden or foam-padded hangers

Fritz recommends these pieces to prevent creases on the shoulders of your shirts. Hangers of the same color and style also look better than gaudy, mismatched ones. 

  • Hooks

Install hooks for belts, ties, and other accessories. Hannah says that these can be attached to the back of a closet door. 

  • Lights

Hannah explains that general lighting is not enough because it does not illuminate the inside of the cabinet. It can also cast a shadow when you are browsing through your clothes. Install lights inside the cabinet to help you see your belongings better.

See more photos and view the full home here: https://www.realliving.com.ph/homes/antique-pieces-and-tropical-touches-in-a-national-artist-s-home

  • Fabric softener sheets

These will keep your clothes fresh and fragrant. Fritz says you can tuck them in between garments.

  • Shoe racks

Many room look messy because shoes are left out on the open and on the floor. Improve your space by investing in organizers for all of your pairs.

  • Drawers and containers

Clothing articles (such as undergarments) and various accessories should be arranged neatly. Choose matching storage boxes for your prized possessions.

See more photos and view the full home here: https://www.realliving.com.ph/homes/a-chic-and-modern-country-style-condo

  • Full-length mirrors

Don't you hate having to jump up and down in front of your bathroom mirror or having to stand on a chair to view your entire outfit? Fritz says that a full-length mirror will give you a whole picture of what you've put together.

  • Garment bags

Clothes meant for special occasions shouldn't be stored like the rest of your everyday clothes. Some may be made from delicate fabric or may have beadwork that might come loose, so store gowns, barongs, and suits in zip-up garment bags.

  • Cedar wood blocks 

While moth balls keep pests away from your clothes, Fritz shares that they leave a strong chemical odor. Try cedar wood blocks for a warm, subtle smell.

  • Drawer liners

Although homeowners often don't use drawer liners, one might want to reconsider. Fritz says that these protect clothes from snags, especially when the finish of the drawer surface is rough. 

See more photos and view the full home here: https://www.realliving.com.ph/homes/a-450sqm-home-reminiscent-of-an-aussie-beach-house

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