My Top 10 Closet Hacks


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by Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, CTP, CMC, ACT, MCC, SCAC


As I continue to say in my infrequent Top-10 Product posts:

Anybody who’s spent much time with very many ADDers knows how attached some of us can get to our stuff.

Regardless of how you might feel about that particular quirk of personality, ya’ gotta’ admit, those of us who are stuff-obsessed know our products!

The Time is Right

Following the recent Fashion Week collaboration with Jodie of Touch of Style, it seemed only fitting to share a few tips on storing all those items that help us make friends with change to keep our brain healthy and vital as we age.

Now that the seasons are changing, many of us with limited closet space are facing the task of changing out our closets.  Out with the heavy winter garb and in with the light-weight clothing — or vice versa, depending on where in the world you happen to live.

So I thought this would be a good time to share what helps ME with the task, along with a few products that more than double the space I have to work with.

Because NOBODY has enough closet space, and my life needs help!
(Nobody is paying me for these suggestions either, by the way
– I obtain the products like anybody else)

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My Top Ten Clothing Favs

Double-hanging “Jacket Rods”

Since I never hang my pants like the picture to the left, I use both sections for jackets and blouses (see #3 below for what I do with pants – and more)

I begin by raising the standard pole found in most closets – which usually means raising that space-waste of a standard height across-the-closet shelf as well.

Really!  What is wrong with builders? 
Don’t they have clothes?

It’s not always the prettiest fix when I’m done with the raising, but for me, function is foremost.  Who’s likely to inspect my darned closet anyway?

Since I’m tall, purchased easy-fix rod extenders are almost always too short for my clothing, so I generally have to DIY a fix.

  • I wrap hardware store chain around the top pole and affix with a nut and bolt.
  • It’s a simple matter to slip the hook of the extender into one of the chain links after that – at whatever height works for what I need to hang.
  • I generally put the shorter things on the bottom, so that I can more easily peruse the items on the top rod. I don’t like any of my clothes lounging all over the second rod or the floor – so I measure the length of the longest items for each tier to determine chain length and top rod height.

If I’m lucky enough to have an additional closet or so in my new digs and don’t have enough of those store-bought extender/doubler rods, I go back to the hardware store for more chain and wrap it directly around a closet pole I saved from a hack to a former apartment.  (Waste not, want not.) It swings a bit more when I move my clothes in and out, but it’s fairly secure otherwise.


Cascading Velcro Hangers & hooks — I don’t know what I’d do without them.

Since my wonderful closet extender hack is rarely as wide as the original rod, I generally have some full-height space to fill — and I hate wasted space!

Joy Mangano to the rescue!

There are also other sources for those paper thin velcro hangers that this HSN inventress came up with originally. Unless your clothing is especially heavy I’m not sure it matters which ones you buy.  I have found that Joy’s are a bit sturdier, however.

They ALL keep the clothing from slipping off the hanger and onto the floor, and they ALL allow you to get more clothing into your closet – even if you don’t double or triple stack them. Even better, if you take the time to hang on the shoulder seems, they avoid the dreaded “shoulder bumps” that other hangers sometimes produce.

I generally wait until they are on sale on HSN and buy them from Joy herself, but I have also picked up a ten-pack or so from a drug store or big box store.  I buy what’s on sale, however.  ALWAYS.

Joy’s HOOKS are another matter entirely – and they are amazing. They’re not very expensive, so I buy a pack or two of these whether they are on sale or not!  You won’t believe how much more you can get into a closet with these babies.

I like to have them on most of my hangers so that I can move a line-up of hanging clothing in one swift movement, to get to the one I want to wear.  I shuffle at will with the aid of a hook on one side or the other of the closet door.

Skirt and Pants hangers that “stack” vertically – the same principle, only for pants, skirts and scarves (which are so much handier — and easier to recall what I have so I wear them more often — if I fold and hang my scarves rather than fold and stack in a drawer or on a shelf, where I’ll never see most of them!)

If I knew who invented these things, I’d be happy to let everybody know.  Whoever you are – GOD BLESS YOU!

Since these babies are metal, they don’t fall apart when you stack ’em high – and if you want you can even use a pair of pliers to bend the hook-part up a bit more, so that each successive hanger stays on more securely.

I screw huge, strong cuphooks into the back of the closet door or the side of a bookcase – anywhere I can find the room in whatever apartment I happen to inhabit at the time.  I hang whatever I use least often at the tippy top – which I can barely reach if I stand on my tippy toes – and cascade down from there.

“Hanger holders” – An older “as seen on TV” product, these aren’t quite as flexible as the above items.

They also require a bit of rod space to manipulate without a hassle, so I usually reserve them for items I don’t wear all that often. 

However, they’re also pretty great for camisoles and other sleeveless summer tops.

  • In that case I hook several together, hanging the hook of the second (or third) to the hook directly above it.
  • Don’t try this unless the items are light weight – the bottom hook will break off if you double-hang jackets, etc.)

I buy on price for this one, btw – when I trip across them on special sale at a drug store or budget store.  I can usually find them for $2.00 or less.

 

Pool Noodles as Boot Shapers – easily cut to fit the height of each of the many pairs of boots I’ve collected over a lifetime and still wear.

If you want a great article on how to do these right, click over to the image source and follow the image originator’s lead — especially if you are thinking of making a few for inexpensive gifts.

I’m not as interested in a “cute” closet as I am in a functional one, personally, so I use the down-and-dirty approach in my own closets: SOCKS.

You know how unmatched socks seem to multiply all by themselves?  Well, here’s a great use for them.  Slip the pool noodle into a sock and tie a knot at the top.

Not only does that make it easier to slip the support into the boot, it  gives you a handy “handle” to get them out in a flash.  It also helps hide the fact that the pool noodles aren’t exactly the same height, for those of you who are like me and prefer to eyeball things rather than measure.

Why boot supports at all? 

  • Because your boots will stand at attention like good little soldiers instead of  flopping all over and knocking each other down, making a mess in the bottom of your closet (or wherever you keep them).
  • I don’t know about you but, for me, a messy looking closet might as well be a gateway drug for clothes that don’t make it back where they belong.  When the closet is neatly organized it is [almost] a joy to hang things up.

Some people use rolled up magazines secured by rubber bands – which I did too, at first – but they’re heavy.  Pool noodles are sturdy and light-weight.  If you buy them at the end of the summer they are practically free.  (Well, not really, but they’re pretty darned inexpensive).

Pay attention to the fact that they come in different sizes – girth, not length.  If you can’t find the wide ones, try two of the skinnier ones squished together.  They’re a bit of a struggle to get into a single sock, but after that they’re great – and sometimes even better for scrunch-boots and really tall ones.

Medium or heavy duty bankers boxesPAINTED black

You can paint yours any color you want, but I like the way my black ones don’t pull focus so I can practically ignore them when I don’t need them.

Click under the image at right to take you to a medium-duty version ready to go.

I buy the ugly version, heavy-duty, in a ten-pack from Sams Club because they are not only sturdier, but much cheaper — another reason why I cover ’em up with a coat of paint. They also last a lot longer that way, even if you are as rough on them as I am.

Some people take the time to pretty them up with fabric,
but that’s not really anything I find worth my time.
I’m fond of quick and easy myself.

I slap on a coat of whatever black paint I happen to have on hand, let them dry, affix a label and fill ’em up. (I like black – and, as I said, that color makes for a nice quiet closet, which I also like).  Nothing pulls focus when I’m trying to dress myself quickly.

The heavy-duty guys are rated for 600 pounds, stacked, by the way – which originally got my attention to help me move the books of my large reference library.

  • Filled with the kinds of things you might store in a typical closet, that means you could practically stack them from floor to ceiling!
  • At this particular time, I happen to have quite a few from my recent move, so I will finally be replacing some of the rattier boxes from days of closets past (before I concluded that heavy-weight was the only way to go).

Do not bother with the light-weight version — even if you don’t intend to stack them.  If you are at all like me you will be getting them out to paw through them relatively often, then practically throwing them back on the shelves or wherever you stack them.

The “handle” on the light-weight ones is prone to tearing, which almost defeats the purpose. Unless you are one of those carefully organized individuals who treats everything in your closet with loving kindness, take my advice on this one.  The box itself won’t stand up to the kind of abuse I’m likely to give it, in any case, unless it is one of the heavy-duty ones.

Since Bankers Boxes come flat-packed, do yourself a favor and make sure you get the FastFold® kind. Not only do they go together in a flash, they knock down just as quickly, should you decide you don’t need them currently. I store my knocked-down extras in a contractors bag in my storage space – ready to go anytime I need them for anything at all.

Cheap metal wreath holders  – a repeat from an earlier list, but I promise you that I use them on the doors of ALL my closets and hang them on every other door in my apartment, at the ready.

I snap them up at the after-Christmas sales and ANY time I see them at a discount.

You won’t believe how useful these things can be until you have a few. If you rent (or have a partner who is a maniac about resale value) you really need to stock up too.

I use them to hang ANYTHING over the inside or outside of a closet door — and they are invaluable when you are changing out your closets.

Do NOT bother with the plastic ones.  They are more expensive, not all doors will close when you use them, and they are prone to “oozing” out of shape and dumping whatever you put on them onto the floor. PLUS, you can bend the top part easily on the metal ones, to snug up to doors of different sizes.

I always travel with at least three in my carry-on, since hotels never have hooks where I need them.  I hang my make-up traveler over the towel rack with one of these guys, necklaces on the back of the “front” door, and usually use one to get my next outfit together, especially when there are a number of events during a single seminar day. 

I keep the traveling ones in my suitcase, the Christmas ones with the Christmas decorations, and hang at least one on every single door in my apartment – sometimes two, on both sides of some doors.  I don’t use the apartment-sprinkled ones often, but BOY do they come in handy when I do.

I find most of mine at the Dollar Store, K-Mart, BigLots, etc. — but if you are a Container Store best friend and don’t mind paying more, they have them too.

Hang the hangers organizer

Unless you stay on top of the laundry better than I, you probably hate the wasted space that a tangle of empty hangers creates on your closet poles too.

This product gets them off the poles without making a mess of a pile somewhere else.

As a renter, I haven’t attached this to a wall in my closet, like they suggest.  It’s affixed to a piece of scrap plywood and sits on the floor back in the corner.  Put the best side down, by the way – you’ll be moving it in and out and you don’t want to scratch your floors.  The hangers won’t mind.

If you’re not averse to making a few holes (and your partner will let you put those anchors in the wall), it comes down to how much free wall space you can spare.

 

Several types of “specialty” hangers

This category barely rates a photo, but clearly needs to be included in my list of closet hacks.

  • I always have and use at least one belt hanger – though I’ve never found any I really like, so good luck with that one on your own.
  • I also make sure I keep several wooden hangers for those r-e-a-l-l-y heavy winter coats and one of my sherpa-lined leather jackets.  Even when I’ve tried to use several of Joy’s lighter version together (#2), they sag under the weight and once snapped in two.  Wood.  Stronger, even though it is also bulkier.
  • Whenever I have the closet space (rarely), I hang one of those shelf-like hanger-jobbies for knit-wear that would otherwise have to go into a drawer.  They fold down to the size of a small board game when I can’t use them, but I’ll never toss ’em because they are so handy when I can.
  • I saved a set of two beautiful padded hangers that was, I’m sure, a rather pricey gift – but I must admit I’ve never used them.  Not once.  I fear that I’ll find a use the moment I toss them, so they hang at either end of the pole – unused and lonely.  If any of you guys have found a great use for these hangers, please clue me in.

 

**AND TEN**My 2M Jiffy Garment Steamer

This one bears repeating too. As I mentioned at the end of Getting to “Good ENOUGH” — except when I sew, which happens rarely these days, I. DO. NOT. IRON.

This wonderful product from Jiffy (over 20 years old and still going s-t-r-o-n-g despite at least ten moves) is why I don’t have to.

One Christmas or for my late November birthday, my wonderful friend Janine gifted me with an industrial grade steamer like they use in many dress shops, when we both lived in New York City.

I not only freshen clothing that needs wrinkle removing, I use this steamer quite a bit to steam freshly washed curtains and slipcovers in place, to reshape squished felt hats, and even as an ad hoc humidifier when I have a cold.

WARNING: Steam the BATHROOM, not yourself —
that steam is HOT — it will blister the skin right off your face!

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About Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, MCC, SCAC
Award-winning ADD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching field co-founder; [life] Coaching pioneer -- Neurodiversity Advocate, Coach, Mentor & Poster Girl -- Multi-Certified -- 25 years working with EFD [Executive Functioning disorders] and struggles in hundreds of people from all walks of life. I developed and delivered the world's first ADD-specific coach training curriculum: multi-year, brain-based, and ICF Certification tracked. In addition to my expertise in ADD/EF Systems Development Coaching, I am known for training and mentoring globally well-informed ADD Coach LEADERS with the vision to innovate, many of the most visible, knowledgeable and successful ADD Coaches in the field today (several of whom now deliver highly visible ADD coach trainings themselves). For almost a decade, I personally sponsored and facilitated seven monthly, virtual and global, no-charge support and information groups The ADD Hours™ - including The ADD Expert Speakers Series, hosting well-known ADD Professionals who were generous with their information and expertise, joining me in my belief that "It takes a village to educate a world." I am committed to being a thorn in the side of ADD-ignorance in service of changing the way neurodiversity is thought about and treated - seeing "a world that works for everyone" in my lifetime. Get in touch when you're ready to have a life that works BECAUSE of who you are, building on strengths to step off that frustrating treadmill "when 'wanting to' just doesn't get it DONE!"

74 Responses to My Top 10 Closet Hacks

  1. reocochran says:

    Fun post and I learned how to get by with less variety so mixing and matching works out, Madelyn.
    It was especially great reading yours and Debby’s comments! 🙂

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    • Thanks, Robin – I read the comments too – and Deb’s are usually a hoot.

      I have more clothing that I actually NEED, but my entire wardrobe is mix and match — keeps me from having to run to the laundromat nearly as much. (The washer in the basement of this apartment building barely works – clothes get wet, but not so clean!)
      xx,
      mgh

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  2. dgkaye says:

    Brilliant article my friend. Almost scary how I keep detecting more similarities between us. I’m a closet junkie (no surprise) and because I have too much stuff, I’ve learned how to best maximize space long ago. I wouldn’t be without my Joy Maggiano hangers, but let me say, I’ve bought a few boxes of exact replicas at Costco for way less. Yes, who cares how it looks inside as long as we have no wasted space or cranny and we know where everything is. LOL 🙂 xx

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    • Thank you so much, Debby – I glow every time the “b” word is aimed my way.

      As for similarities — I used to joke with my parents that they took the wrong baby home from the hospital. Because my eye always went immediately to the most expensive item on any rack in any store, I just knew I surely must have been a Mellon or a Rockefeller. 🙂 Maybe we were twins separated at birth?

      As for my distaste for wasted space, I’m sure I picked that up watching my father pack a car for our many moves over the years. I swear he could probably pack an entire household’s clothing in the back of a station wagon without so much wasted space as might be occupied by a pair of socks! I can pack a car like a pro – just don’t ask me to limit what I take on a trip – lol!

      As long as I organize cognitively, I have decided where everything lives and can put my hands on it quickly, no matter how messy the abode might look to someone else. If I have to neaten in a rush (or move without much notice, especially if I have “help” packing and moving into new digs), it can take me years to find everything and put it all where it makes sense! Until then my abode is a wreck!
      xx,
      mgh

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      • dgkaye says:

        Omg, perhaps we were split from the same embryo? LOLLLLLLL Too much like me. And my hub always says I have ‘champagne’ vision, lol My eye also knows where the good stuff lies. 🙂 🙂 xxxx

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        • Even on a menu – take away the prices, and I will almost always pick the most expensive entree. And, of course, the priciest wines are always my favs as well.

          Budget constraints keep me in line, but if money were no object I’m sure I’d be what others might consider a reckless consumer – lol.
          xx,
          mgh

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          • dgkaye says:

            Lolllllll, I’m now convinced we would be lethal together! 🙂 xx

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            • Deadly! We’d have a ball, however — until the money ran out! 🙂
              xx,
              mgh

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            • dgkaye says:

              You know what they say about all good things. 🙂 🙂 xx

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            • lol – but new good things are always just around the corner.
              xx,
              mgh

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            • dgkaye says:

              Oh yes! 🙂 xx

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  3. Padded hangers – I use a couple in my wardrobe. I put a few drops of lavender or cedarwood oil on the padded area as moths don’t like them and it makes the wardrobe smell nice

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    • GREAT idea, Kate – thank you so much – now all I need to do is get to the store for some essential oils. I think I’ll split the pair and make two closets smell great.
      xx,
      mgh

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  4. Please read it as buy instead

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    • Not to worry, Shiva. I’ll fix it (but I must admit my eyes didn’t even see it until I read this comment). 🙂
      xx,
      mgh

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  5. Madelyn these tips are so useful to almost everyone and one can have disciplined systematic storage of clothes.
    Clothes are ones which we should about it to save money as we tend to buy those which are already there.
    Good One
    Shiva

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    • Good point, Shiva. If we can’t find what we’ve bought, we are likely to go out and buy it again – and if our clothing storage isn’t organized, we usually can’t find what we’re looking for (and sometimes, even if it is lol). 🙂
      xx,
      mgh

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  6. Bernadette says:

    I also bought one of those steamers over 20 years ago and it has paid me back in savings a 100 times over. Going out to buy the noodles for the boots this weekend. Fantastic idea.

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    • I tripped across the pool noodle fix on Pinterest and had the same reaction. Great idea. I bought a bunch at the end of the season for 99 cents each – which certainly beats the price of those boot-shaper dealies – especially since I can “shape” more than one pair with a noodle.

      The only problem I have with my steamer these days is where to keep it in my current digs. Storage – always the challenge.
      xx,
      mgh

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  7. Ahhh we sure do smile Madelyn at the dilemma of not having enough closet space and upon retirement it was amazing at how much room we picked up. What a wonderful predicament we have grown in too.

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    • I’ll get a taste of your lifestyle very shortly now. I’m going away for a long mid-week “weekend” on Sunday, downsizing to a small suitcase (and Tink’s carrier with his things). We will be in a cabin in the woods, so I’m not even sure if there will be a closet (or a place to plug in a blow-dryer).

      Taking layers, sneaks, hiking boots and a sweater and big bath towel for Tink, in case it rains or is very chilly. Any advice on what else I might need?
      xx,
      mgh

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      • We are so excited for you Madelyn and Tink. We can’t wait to hear of your adventure. A cabin in the woods, yeeeesssssss! Leave the blow dryer at home and let that hair enjoy the breeze as you go ah-natural, lol. Do us a favor and please cook and eat a s’more by the campfire for us okay and let Tink lick the gooey marshmallow from your fingers.

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        • lol – the blow dryer is for Tink, not me. Shih Tzus can develop pneumonia if they sit around wet – and the weather report indicates rainy weather. Me? I don’t plan to spend a lot of time around mirrors, and I doubt Sam cares one whit about how my hair looks – air dried or otherwise.

          I didn’t think about taking marshmallows – wonderful idea! Can’t do the graham crackers anymore, but a nice burnt marshmallow sounds wonderful. Tink adores hot dogs, even tho’ he rarely gets them because they are not good for him. But for our “vacation,” we might have to find a good stick to cook a few of those too – and I KNOW he would never let me get away with not giving him repeated “tastes!” Great suggestions.
          xx,
          mgh

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          • We can’t have that happening to Tink. Good for you and Sam going all out. You have earned the get away. Something about hot dogs done on an open fire that just makes us drool, lol. We know they aren’t good for ya but they sure do taste good..

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            • The only thing better are the hot hotdogs they sell on the street in NYC topped with mustard and saurkraut for me (others do chili or cheese, etc) – from carts with umbrellas, standing at the ready on most midtown street corners and outside movie houses with lines around the block (for the movie, not the hot dogs, btw, they are good, but not THAT good). Probably my lunch or dinner once a week most of my several decades there.

              Love-love-love NYC street food of all types! And pizza by the slice? OMG. I’d even chance the gluten for a slice of *real* pizza – never found it anywhere but NYC, where it is impossible to get bad pizza (which I most certainly cannot say for any other town I’ve taken a chance on what they put forth as NY Pizza)
              xx,
              mgh

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            • Aren’t they to die for in NYC. There is something about a street vendors hot dog smothered in all those topping that keeps us going. This is why I have my cardiologist on speed dial. You are making us crave NYC again. Yes, the pizza…Grimaldi’s under the Brooklyn bridge. My only problem was the hour wait. And then China town. Oh yes NYC has a bit of everything and then some. My all time favorite though was “Stomp”. For some reason I keep going back.

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            • TONS of talent of all sorts in that city – life lived on the razor’s edge of creativity.

              I try to remain more grateful that I got to spend as much time as I did in THE City than sorrowful that I ever had to leave it behind. Some days I do fairly well in that regard, even. 🙂
              xx,
              mgh

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            • You were blessed to have had the opportunity to see it from perspectives that others won’t have. It had to have impacted you in profound ways that will allow you insights others may never have. You came out alive and that’s the best part.

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            • Nice perspective, thanks!
              xx,
              mgh

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  8. Great tips! I live in a log cabin and have one ONE closet in the whole house – a slanted one under the stairs. It’s a nightmare and space savers are gold!

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    • I always believed I would LOVE to live in a log cabin – but I never thought about the closet problem. hmmm – guess I’d have to build on a closet room to make it work for me – lol.

      I have a friend with a slanted roofed closet in her bedroom – barely usable! My heart goes out to you, Diana, if that’s the only closet available to you. Are you stocked with armoires or do you live in sweats?
      xx,
      mgh

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      • Armoirs, bureaus, cabinets, and a storage shed! 😀

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        • lol – is the shed weather proofed?
          xx,
          mgh

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          • No. I have to be really careful what I put out there. We get a lot of rain and mildew is a big problem. The lack of storage keeps the load light, though, which I like.

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            • As I get older, stuff calls me more gently as well. NOW if I can get it together to pare down a bit, my place might more accurately reflect my current sensibilities. 🙂

              I am highly allergic to mildew, which adds to the inside clutter considerably. There are only certain types of items I can store downstairs in my basement storage room because of drips and damp. Even plastic storage totes carry spores upstairs and set me off, but I do store Christmas decor etc. in them. Nothing fabric can go downstairs, however. unless it is double-bagged AND tucked in a tote, so it always seems too much of a bother. ::sigh::

              When I become annoyed, I try to remind myself that this is a first world problem millions of people would feel blessed to experience.
              xx,
              mgh

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            • I double bag and store in totes too, Madelyn. And you are so right that this is a miniscule problem compared to what other people around the world are dealing with. A good thing to keep in mind ❤

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            • Whenever we can. 🙂 Some days I’m overwhelmed with frustration over the hassles. Those are the times I have to remind myself that at least I’m not beating laundry on a rock, fetching water from the stream and chopping wood for the stove!

              I have found that Space Bags work extremely well to protect against mildew, btw – but put them in the totes first, THEN fill ’em up, suck the air out and tape the top down.
              xx,
              mgh

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  9. Rae Longest says:

    I just keep favorites I use and give away anything I haven’t worn lately. You’d be surprised how much room this gives you! (As I sit here writing in my nightshirt. Ha!)

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    • Sitting here writing in comfy “zebra” flannel jammies with a pink background – lol – because the apartment is still a bit chilly.

      I keep most clothing I’ve bought and loved as long as I believe I might wear it again. I have seen far too many looks come back around and can’t make friends with getting rid of something of quality I loved and is still in great shape only to have to budget to buy it again! I calculate cost per wearing and try to keep it as low as possible, even though I like clothing of quality.

      Only about ten years ago did I part with a knee-length red wool stitched down pleated skirt I’ve had since I was a senior in High School (Boomer here!) and wore many times with a black blazer, white top and various printed scarves when I had to go into an office — always got compliments, btw. But I rarely wear skirts (or suits) at all anymore and doubt I will again, so I’ve given away all but a couple of black ones.

      I’m not the toss-away girl AT ALL! The only reason I value “room” is to store these babies and other things. I don’t like my home to echo. 🙂
      xx,
      mgh

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  10. I’m already on record here that I could care less about clothes – as long as I don’t look too ridiculous. However, I was surprised by the number of closet accessories I had never seen or heard about before. Gee, maybe I live in a 3rd world country! Now I’m better informed!

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    • Lol – I have a female friend who always responds to observations like this to, “It’s that Y chromosome!”

      I do think it’s a bit of a girl thing, however, but more likely to be nurture vs. nature. Many of us seem to be fascinated by closet organizers (organizers in general, actually – I believe because most of us who live with you fellas are expected to add “neaten the pen” to everything else we have to do and are always looking for ways to make it easier and quicker). I’ve met very few men who are aware of household organizers in the slightest.

      One of my ex-beaus had seen the metal clip cascading hangers in stores but had NO curiosity about what they might be used for or even noticing that I had them in my closets until I bought some when we were shopping together and asked him to snug up the hooks for me when we got back.

      But then, the man was barely aware of why one might use ANY type of hanger – lol. (only one of the reasons why he is now an ex 🙂 )

      They have things like this in hardware stores and Big Box fix-its emporiums too, but I’m guessing you’ve never been into a specialty store like Bed, Bath and Beyond – chock full of little goodies you never knew you needed until you HAD to have them before you checked out. 🙂
      xx,
      mgh

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      • Actually, I get quite frustrated when my suit pants slip out of hanger clips or slip off a hanger – and wish there was a better way. Yes, I’ve been in Bed Bath & Beyond many times – love the place! Closet space in our home is not plentiful and both of us have tons of ‘stuff’ piled on the shelf above the hanger bar. So raising the hanger bar would solve some issues and create others. What’s a Y chromosome? LOL!

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        • I live in a pre-war apt. building, so my ceilings are extremely high – even in my closets. But storage is such a problem because we have to make so many trade-offs – cost/benefit.

          I know you are kidding about XY, John, but for anyone reading who isn’t clear, it’s a genetics thing:

          All humans inherit chromosomes from their genetic parents as the egg and sperm merge. Women have both X ones – men get one X and one Y – what cues the brain to produce male hormones, etc.
          xx,
          mgh

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          • Good explanation!! I’m not interested in clothes, but organizers are right down my alley. I think I’ll get my wife to look at this post – if she sees something that will help – then we’ll be off to Bed Bath & Beyond.

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            • Check out the dollar stores and the Salvation Army type stores first – they almost always have things like this (or something that would serve), and you’ll almost always pay at least twice as much at BB&B (and nobody gets out of that store without opening their wallets lol).
              xx,
              mgh

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  11. robjodiefilogomo says:

    I love organizing my closet—because I always say, if you can’t see it, you forget about it!!
    My mom came up with the idea to use empty egg cartons in her boots to have them stand up!! Isn’t she a smart cookie??
    But truly what helps is getting rid of things, right? I’m working on that…I promise!!!
    Happy weekend, and thanks for the continued love!!
    XOXO

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    • I’m not one bit surprised that you love organizing – your closet or anything else. I have to see things too – at least a bit of it – or it fades from my awareness (especially wardrobe elements).

      Getting rid of things is beyond my pay grade, Jodie. I commented elsewhere here that I am not the throw-away girl AT ALL.
      xx,
      mgh

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  12. -Eugenia says:

    This is a great article, Madelyn. Thank you for the useful tips. I love the “I do not iron” statement. Neither do I. I quickly pull my clothes out of the dryer and hang them up. I use the Dryel or Woolite dry cleaning products for a lot of my clothes. No shrinking, no fading and cleaned in my own dryer. Have a great weekend. 🌻

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    • I do what you do as well, Eugenia. I have to pay more attention to the laundry than I prefer, but it pays dividends.

      Decades ago I stopped buying anything that can’t be machine washed (at least in cold water and hung dry), and I rarely wear my wool suits and pants anymore, so I forget about those home dry cleaning products. Thanks for the reminder.
      xx,
      mgh

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      • -Eugenia says:

        🌻 I am glad I could help. I love these products. Money and time savers.

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        • And clothing savers as well. Dry cleaning is really hard on clothing (plus it stinks!)
          xx,
          mgh

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  13. I always like to start with a build in robe. As tall as possible. Throw in some IKEA box-ey shelving units. Boxes also for storage. And vacuum seal bags. Just about to dig out the winter woolies!

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    • I bought a ton of Space Bags of different sizes for my last move, after using them in a commercial storage space years ago until I could locate and rent a bigger place to live. Even tho’ I paid extra for a climate-controlled unit at that time, every single thing that was not in one of those bags had to be washed before it could come into my new digs (even had to steam the couches, etc.) I’m desperately allergic to mildew, so paid somebody else to handle that little detail for me once I started wheezing – but I have been SOLD on those vacuum seal bags ever since. They don’t last forever before they start to leak and lose their capacity, so I always have a few spares on hand – especially for sweater & jacket storage during the warmer months.

      Funny – until you mention something that reminds me, I forget that our seasons are flip-flopped. I’m just putting my winter woolies away for a few months.
      xx,
      mgh

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  14. Goodness Madelyn you sure are hot on tips for the wardrobe. This a great post full of brilliant ideas. 😊

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    • Thank you. I pepper the blog with “pragmatics” only occasionally, but this seemed a good follow up to my recent Fashion Week collaboration with Jodi.

      I aspire to being perfectly organized. Accent on “aspire” – lol
      xx,
      mgh

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      • Here’s to aspire. 😉

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        • ABSOLUTELY! I strive, therefor I am. 🙂
          xx, mgh

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  15. your post came egg-sactly in time…. I bugged mark since month for a closet makeover…. and there are some very good ideas… like the metal hangers and the cascading hangers… many thanks for this post…. I will start today… even when I can hear the collective NOOOOOO of my furmily in the background :o)

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    • Ah, but they will appreciate the result – a calmer, happier mama – even if the idea of organization and order is not a concept they embrace personally.

      If you are about to embark, don’t ignore the over-the-door wreath holder idea – unless you have a clothes rack you can set up to hold clothing mid-organization. You probably won’t find them anywhere but thrift stores or Dollar stores right now, but I think they’re worth their weight in gold during closet make-overs.

      Good luck – stand your ground – and put Mark on the pad of shame if he gives you any trouble about the project – lol. 🙂
      xx,
      mgh

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      • the goal is to sort all things by colors…. but that looks like a mission impossible to me :O))))

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        • The most difficult part is finding enough room to empty the contents of the closet, and developing the habit of keeping it that way once you’ve gotten it organized but, if you have sufficient closet space to make it possible, it sure makes the entire process of “wardrobe management” much easier.

          My dream closet would be an entire dressing room with excellent lighting where everything was organized by color, type and season, with space to leave my steamer always at the ready, a 3-way mirror in one corner and a chaise in the middle. 🙂 No men allowed!
          xx,
          mgh

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          • that’s my dream too… but mark refused to give me his office … sigh…. but at least I have a plan for a better lighting (that’s important) and for adding some clever hacks what can give me more space…

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            • I also wish I could paint every closet interior bright white instead of dingy landlord beige. SO much easier to find what you’re looking for in a bright white “box.” Those magazine photos where the closet interiors are painted in pretty colors miss the function point entirely, IMHO.

              I hope you’ll share your hacks and your process with the rest of us – maybe it will even keep you going when you reach the point where everything’s everywhere and you’re sorry you even started – lol!!
              xx,
              mgh

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  16. A wonderful post on how one has to learn to space save their things. Thanks for the share, Madelyn and you always come up with great ideas.

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    • Kamal, you are always so endorsing – I begin to smile the moment I see your name! None of these are earth-shattering, but perhaps some will prove inspirational to others who are storage-challenged.

      Thanks so much for reading and ringing in.
      xx,
      mgh

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      • Welcome dear Madelyn and yes for sure sometimes things come real handy. Same here dear whenever see your post I know you will write something really nice. Thanks have a great night and with your little angel too.

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        • Puppy kisses from Tink – and you have a blessed day.
          xx,
          mgh

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          • Thanks dear and sleep well both of you. Love to both and god bless.

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            • 🙂 Much love to you as well, Kamal. G’nite.
              xx,
              mgh

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            • Good night.

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  17. This is a great article on space saving, Madelyn. I already do a few of these things like the double rails in the closet [I requested these when we had our cupboards replaced a few years ago] and some of the hanger ideas but you have certainly come up with some super new ideas that I will be trying. I hope that you are full recovered now and back to full energy.

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    • Thanks so much, Robbie. None of these ideas are particularly original (except, perhaps, for slipping pool noodles into mismatched socks and how I handle my many scarves – currently on the back of my office door for lack of space anywhere else) — but tips and tricks are always new to someone.

      One of my coaching colleagues somehow missed the bazillion and two Pinterest posts about pool noodles, and was thrilled with that little tip, for example.

      ADDers have probably run across most of these suggestions before (we love to *read* about organizing lol), but perhaps this post might inspire a couple of them to actually TRY one or two. 🙂

      Thanks for the kind words about my recent whatever it was. I’m almost back to my old self – except I’m still playing catch-up, so full energy will most likely return once I am no longer behind.
      xx,
      mgh

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  18. Not sure if this is applicable but when I downsized from my spacious one bedroom apartment to a much smaller space I began to store my off season clothing in my armoire. I purchased it many years ago and rather than using it as an entertainment center I can fit my seasonal attire within until the weather changes. Waiting on summer now. When I moved from queens to Brooklyn back in 2012 I started keeping the shoe boxes that my shoes came in. Helps me keep my shoes organized. I keep my belts on one sturdy plastic hanger. Got rid of those wire cleaners hangers. They just get tangled up.
    Hopefully this information is good.

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    • Wonderful – thank you. New Yorkers KNOW about storage struggles!

      I think I am going to take a page from your book re: armoire. I inherited one actually from somebody moving out and downsizing, designed for clothing storage — shelves behind doors up top and 3 wonderful drawers beneath. I think I’ll rededicate it to out of season clothing. I stack my hatboxes on the top, practically all the way to my very high ceilings, which always contain out of season hats while the current ones hang on hooks in the entry hall.

      When I lived in Manhattan I actually had a huge apartment on 106th street with more closet space than I have had since, thanks to a very handy fiance (at the time) who was also a stage carpenter and built in many wonderful things I dearly miss.

      I got rid of ALL my wire hangers many years ago in favor of tubular plastics in various colors, then jettisoned almost all of those in favor of Joy’s – which I truly love.

      I long ago tossed my boxes because I need shoes more visible (and those clear plastic stacking boxes with pull out drawers turned out to be a disaster as well – not sturdy enough for me), so shoe storage is still a challenge.

      When I lived in NY, Brooklyn might as well have been New Jersey (lol), but I know it is THE hot spot today. Lucky you.

      Thanks for ringing in here.
      xx,
      mgh

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