Published on: Aug 10, 2017
Learn How To Organize Your Closet Like A Costume Designer – We have been talking about the ultimate fashion trends, fashion guides for summer, fall or even winter, what to buy in the proper time and must-have luxury shoes or bags… But what about your closet? Is it organized? Is it optimized? Well, it’s time for you to look at your closet and dedicate some quality time organizing all our clothes, shoes and accessories. And Fashion Design Weeks will give you amazing tips for you to organize it like a true costume designer.
Costume designers are probably the most meticulous people in the universe when it comes to wardrobe organization. Not only do they have to create the wardrobes for lead actors, supporting cast members and countless guest stars and extras, they also have to figure out where and how to store all the warehouse-level amounts of clothing and accessories — and in an easily accessible method and precisely catalogued manner. Costume designers can be a fountain of knowledge when it comes to taking a big part of their work day and applying certain elements to our own closets at home. So take a look at their tips.
# COLOR CODE YOUR CLOTHES.
Remember that seminal moment in “Clueless” when Cher trashes her closet looking for her “white collarless shirt from Fred Segal?” Moments like that can be avoided if you hang your clothes by like-items first and then order by color within the sections. So sweaters with sweaters, pants with pants, suits with suits
# BUT MAKE EXTRA ROOM.
To allow for ultra-expedient dressing, set aside a “stapless” section, for often worn “workhorses of the closet,” like camisoles, turtlenecks, and black pants. So you can just quickly rummage, grab and dress. And if you’re feeling extra-thorough (or don’t want to repeat a look too soon), allot additional space for just-worn pieces.
# FIND THE RIGHT HANGERS.
Proper hangers are key. Uniformity (when it looks nice and orderly) and no wire hangers, ever, because they’ll deform and ultimately damage your clothing. Along with being aesthetically pleasing, the slim and velvet-y-coated tools allow for more space and don’t create dents or any kind of weird shapes in the clothes. Personally, I’m a fan of the more substantial wooden hangers.
>> Take extra care with vintage.
Protect delicate hanging items from dust and general mangling by storing in a canvas or cotton garment bag. Don’t keep things in plastic, because the chemicals in the plastic are not good for clothes. And never hang sweaters, vintage or not. Either gently drape them over a hanger or carefully store in a drawer or stacked storage bin.
# KEEP YOUR ACCESSORIES IN EASY REACH.
Don’t dump all your jewelry in a bowl or a drawer because rummaging and untangling take the extra time you don’t have — and most likely, you’ll forget what you threw in there in the first place. Jewelry trees, hanging organizers or similar space-saving contraptions preserve your pieces, plus help you put an outfit together faster.
# STORE YOUR SHOES.
To keep or not keep the shoebox, the perennial question — also based on how much room you have in your home. My suggestion is never throw out the box. Depending on the available room, use the boxes to stack and store. As alternative to the boxes, you can store your shoes on multi-level shelves or in clear boxes. To maximize space, you can place pairs with “one facing out, one facing in.” For more delicate shoes, like suede or embellished pairs, store them in dust bags. Stuff shoes you wear less often with paper or extra dust bags to maintain the shape. And remember, your cobbler is your friend.
# LAST WORD: MAINTAIN, MAINTAIN.
Keep the clothes in your closet clean or at least superficially unblemished, so you don’t grab an item in a rush, only to realize there’s a latte blotch on the front because you forgot to take it to the dry cleaner.
EXTRA TIP: Place cedar blocks, liners or potpourri pouches in your closets, drawers and bins to keep away moths (and avoid that mothball smell). And the last word of advice: “If you’re not going to use it, lose it, because closet and drawer space is precious.
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