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Have you ever thought about hiring a professional closet organizer? If you don't have the time, hiring a professional can be a great way to get organized. Keep in mind that you will still need to be there with the professional to give opinions and make decisions. A good closet organizer or designer will spend a lot of time with you making sure that you get exactly what you need. Use these guidelines to decide if you would rather hire a designer or do it yourself.

1) If you decide to hire a professional, there are some things that you can do before they arrive to save everyone some time. Consider creating an inventory list for your professional. Make a list of things that you definitely want to keep. You could go ahead and pull everything out, separating clothing that you wish to keep from things that you are willing to sell or give away. Categorize your belongings by style, color, use, or length. You might decide to discuss it with your pro before you categorize.

2) When the closet is empty, go ahead and take some measurements. Let your designer know how high you can comfortably reach. It saves a lot of room if you can place shelves and hanging bars up higher than the standard height. Your closet professional will help you to make the most of the space that you have by utilizing vertical space.

3) Talk with your closet organizer about creating storage for things that are not normally placed in a bedroom closet. You may need room for a sewing machine, arts and crafts, sports equipment, your grandmother's china, or other items that need to be stored. Categorize these items by how often you use them. Things that aren't used very often can be placed up high in the closet. If you are storing a lot of sports equipment, you may decide to line the closet with cedar to absorb moisture and odors that could make its way from the equipment to your clothing.

4) After the best arrangement is agreed upon, invest a little in some nice clothes hangers. Specialty clothing hangers allow you to hang things like belts, scarves, delicates, and even swimwear. Use wooden hangers for suits and coats. You can choose between many different styles that suit your needs. Velvet hangers are slim, save space saving hangers and will keep garments in place and prevent them from slipping. Metal chrome hangers are sturdier than wire hangers and can give your closet a contemporary feel. Choose the style that best suits your needs and your closet will look great, stay organized, and be functional.

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