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5 Closet Organization Ideas

Reorganize your wardrobe with household containers and techniques


A disorganized closet makes it hard to get dressed every morning. But did you know that you can bring order into your closet by using household containers? Let these tips guide you.

Styling by Binky Ilusorio. Photographed by Ocs Alvarez. Special thanks to Lisa Dimaculangan and Ronald Gonzales.

Read the original article ("Closet Case") in the March 2007 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App ( now! Log on to for more details.  

1. Use microwaveable plastic food containers. You may separate and stash your necklaces and bracelets in plastic food containers. Since they're translucent, you can easily see what's inside. To free up rack and shelf space, store off-season clothes like bulky sweaters in large plastic bins. Label them so you’ll know what’s inside at a glance. Choose smaller bins if they will be stored overhead to make getting them down easier and safer.
2. Use plastic stacking trays. You can maximize closet space by storing belts, wallets, and smaller bags in plastic stacking trays. Make sure that the trays fit the shelves and cubbyholes. You may also add labels for easier identification.
3. Follow color coding. Stick to one style and color of clothes hangers for the effect of making your closet look neater. Hang clothes by category and color.
4. Be creative and add photo labels. Always place your handbags inside their dustbags. To locate them easily, take a picture of your handbag and clip it onto its dustbag. You can do the same for your shoes in their boxes.
5. Reuse tin cans. Reuse pretty cookie and candy tins by using them as storage for scarves. Roll up each scarf and nestle into well-cleaned cans. Pack loosely to prevent unsightly wrinkles. Don't forget to cover your shelves with shelf liners - available at hardware and household stores. You may also use leftover fabric, wallpaper, or gift wrappers.
The result A neat and more organized closet for you.

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