· First sort by type of garment, then by color. If necessary, break sections down further into sleeve and hem lengths.
· For items that make tidy stacks—tees, sweaters, jeans—open-air shelves are more accessible than a dresser.
· Make sure stacks are 8 to 10 inches max.
· Put the bulkiest pieces at the bottom of the pile to avoid an unstable, top-heavy formation.
· Separate cardigans, turtlenecks, etc., so you can tell what's what without resorting to unfolding them all.
Ample, chic and armed with useful handles.
MESH HAMPER, $50, CB2.COM
Line shelves with cute paper to protect clothes from harmful splinters.
BLUE ASHLEY ADHESIVE LINING PAPER, $6 FOR ROLL, GRACIOUSHOME.COM
This fabric bin is a sleek way to store socks or gym clothes.
CLOSETMAID FABRIC DRAWER, $7, TARGET.COM
· Remove dry-cleaning bags immediately—not only do they trap a lot of air, but they're keeping your loved clothing imprisoned with harmful chemicals.
· To prevent slippage, fasten the top four buttons on all shirts (and zip up pants).
· Break up suits so you remember to wear them as separates.
CLOSET ROD, $12, STORABLES.COM
Sandwich beaded or sequined garments with foam to prevent pulls and snags. OCD, yes, but it works.
12" X 12" FOAM PACKING SHEETS, $17 FOR 100, OFFICEDEPOT.COM
Upgrade utilitarian hooks to something worthy of housing your jewelry—and justify using wall space outside your closet.
CLOTHES HOOK, $8, URBANOUTFITTERS.COM
· Arrange larger bags side by side, and stack flat clutches on top of one another.
· Take all purses out of their dust bags (delicate, exotic skins are the only exception) so you know exactly what you have.
DRY GUY BOOT DRYER, $30, WARDROBESUPPLIES.COM
These hold shoes like they come in the box—and save space by stacking vertically.
SHOE SPACE SAVER, $5 FOR SET OF TWO, CONTAINERSTORE.COM
This sturdy rack doubles your closet floor space.
EXPANDABLE SHOE RACK, $20, BEDBATHANDBEYOND.COM
Trees keep boots from slouching—and toppling over.
WOMEN'S BOOT SHAPERS, $10 EACH, BEDBATHANDBEYOND.COM