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Basics
· It's key that there's ample contrast between your clothing and the walls. White paint is acceptable, but consider a bright color or a vibrant wallpaper instead.
· 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.
Foldables
Question: I always end up with messy, teetering piles of sweaters. How do I keep them under control?
· 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.
Lingerie
To keep fancy intimates from becoming one big tangle (bra hooks are dangerous around delicates), invest in a drawer divider with six-inch-wide sections.
Corkboard
Fashion news director Jen Ford lined her entire closet in corkboard: It houses necklaces, fabric swatches and all forms of outfit inspiration, including celeb and street-style crushes.
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Ample, chic and armed with useful handles.

MESH HAMPER, $50, CB2.COM
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Line shelves with cute paper to protect clothes from harmful splinters.

BLUE ASHLEY ADHESIVE LINING PAPER, $6 FOR ROLL, GRACIOUSHOME.COM
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This fabric bin is a sleek way to store socks or gym clothes.

CLOSETMAID FABRIC DRAWER, $7, TARGET.COM
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The Jeans Dilemma
lt can be impossible to distinguish between jeans when you can only see a sliver of denim—particularly when there are dozens of pairs to contend with. Mark your shelves with tape according to style, and then create a color-graduated stack.
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RUBBERMAID STORAGE BOX, $13, AMAZON.COM
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Hangables
· Use uniform hangers for tidiness and to keep clothes at the same eye level.
· 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.
Hangers
Wood ones may look beautiful, but they consume valuable inches. We love Huggable hangers because they're thin and prevent garment slippage. (left) MANHATTAN WARDROBE SUPPLY SATIN HANGER, $3, WARDROBESUPPLIES.COM
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HUGGABLE SHIRT HANGER, $10 FOR SET OF 10, CONTAINERSTORE.COM
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How to Hang Pants
If you like a crisp pleat, fold along the creases and fasten at the top. If you prefer a flat front, hang them as you would wear them. Keep a bit of slack at the waist to avoid stressing the seams.
Standout Closet Extras
(clockwise from top): This clips on to a tall closet bar to instantly create another level of hanging space—brilliant and simple.
CLOSET ROD, $12, STORABLES.COM
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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
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Upgrade utilitarian hooks to something worthy of housing your jewelry—and justify using wall space outside your closet.

CLOTHES HOOK, $8, URBANOUTFITTERS.COM
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Bags
· Use shelf organizers—like what they have at the library—to keep things tidy and contained.
· 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.
Jewelry
· Keep clasps closed to avoid tangles—and lost pendants.
· Take bulkier pieces out of the jewelry box and put them onto a hook, to keep more delicate chains safe.
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MANHATTAN WARDROBE JEWELRY TRAYS, $6 EACH, VELVET PADS, $5 EACH, WARDROBESUPPLIES.COM
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Standout Closet Extras
This ingenious hanger holds silk scarves (loosely knot them so they don't slip out).
RICHARDS HOMEWARES SCARF ORGANIZER, $10, WARDROBESUPPLIES.COM
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Necklace storage that doubles as decor. (Just be sure it won't startle you in the middle of the night.)

DRESSMAKER FORM, $64, STORESUPPLY.COM
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Acid-free paper is tops for protecting super-super-delicate clothing (and for stuffing in handbags).
MANHATTAN WARDROBE SUPPLY TISSUE PAPER, $27 FOR 480 SHEETS, WARDROBESUPPLIES.COM
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An extra-cute over-the-door hook extends storage space even farther.

UMBRA STEEL OVER-THE-DOOR HOOK, $23, AMAZON.COM
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Shoes
If you have an enclave or cubby in your space, mount a rack on the wall and conceal it with a curtain hung from a metal rod. If no such nook is available, consider installing shelving near the door—and color-coordinate your shoes to make it look extra intentional.
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(clockwise from top left): Shoe dryers are key for shape maintenance for times you get stuck in the rain. DRY GUY BOOT DRYER, $30, WARDROBESUPPLIES.COM
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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
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This sturdy rack doubles your closet floor space.
EXPANDABLE SHOE RACK, $20, BEDBATHANDBEYOND.COM
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Trees keep boots from slouching—and toppling over.
WOMEN'S BOOT SHAPERS, $10 EACH, BEDBATHANDBEYOND.COM
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