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Five Easy Closet Organizing Tips

A confession: I love to read articles about organization and organizational supplies. I also am a big fan of the New York Times sponsored website So when The Wirecutter published a Closet Organizing Ideas article this week, including links to the its favorite organizing tools, I was quick to dig in.

At A Bridge Forward, all of our Senior Move Managers are expert organizers. Here are five of our favorite closet organizing tips and The Wirecutter links to some of their favorite organizational supplies:

1. Before you buy any supplies, take time to declutter. Get rid of anything you don’t love or doesn’t fit. If you aren’t sure, try it on. A quick glimpse in the mirror usually seals the decision. A selfie also is a great way to see how a piece looks when being worn.

2. The quickest way to make your closet look more organized is to switch out all the hangers for a matching set. The uniformity eliminates visual clutter. Thin, velvet hangers take up less space and keep hanging clothes in place. The Wirecutter recommends: Joy Mangano Huggable Hangers. Wooden and padded hangers may be necessary for specialty items. Hanging blazers on padded hangers, for example, helps to maintain their shape. Padded Hangers.

3. Keep things visible by using shelf dividers. These maintain neat stacks of folded items such as sweaters or jeans. The Wirecutter has two recommendations. For shelves up to 3/4-inch thick: Lynk Tall Shelf Dividers. For thicker shelves: Clear Shelf Divider.

4. A basic organizing principle is to think vertically so that you take advantage of all the space that you have. Hooks are easy to install and are a handy solution for hard-to-organize accessories like purses, belts and necklaces. The Wirecutter suggests: 8-Hook Wall Mounted Rack.

5. No need to get out the power drill or call a handyman to add a second rod to a closet. Hanging rods that hook over existing rails are an inexpensive and instant way to create extra room for short hanging clothes. From The Wirecutter: Double Hang Closet Rod. If you don't have enough shelving in your closet, suspend a hanging rack from the rod. This recommendation is sturdy and durable: Hanging Organizer.

If your appetite has been whet for more organizational tips, you can find the entire article from The Wirecutter here, including reviews of closet systems. A small investment in closet organization and supplies now will pay big dividends once we return to our busy lifestyles.

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