QUICK CLOSET FIXES ON A BUDGET

Have you avoided organizing your closet because it just seems like a lot of work that will cost too much money to do it right? Well, there are ways to get your closet organized that will cost you next to nothing. You just have to get creative. We love working with closet organizers that give us great ideas on how to budget for a closet make-over.

Closet organizing professionals have to work within a budget and it's not always a lot. Good ones will come up with something amazing despite your budget, by giving you tips on how to get organized and stay that way without spending much money. If you do have a budget, you may be better off choosing one or two major things and getting creative with the rest, instead of investing in an entire closet system.

Investing in a pricey closet system doesn't always solve a lot of problems. It usually gives you a few more shelves and makes everything look nice, but it doesn't necessarily give you a lot more space. In fact, having a bunch of shelves can sometimes take away the space that you did have by forcing you to separate things into tiny amounts. This can backfire by making you spread things out instead of truly getting them arranged more effectively.

My favorite method is to figure out what kind of space you need for each thing that you want to keep in your closet. Measure how much space you'll need for t-shirts. Do they take up more space folded than they do hung? How much space do you need for socks? Some people need one little neat drawer while others might need a bigger bin. Personalizing everything about your closet is the key to really getting it organized in a way that will work with you and your habits.

After you get rid of what you don't need and banish certain things from the closet, you still might be tight on space. If this is the case, you can make a few adjustments. Shelves are inexpensive. You can install a few shelves and use them to get sweaters, jeans, shorts, and other bulky items off of the hanging bar. Do you have too many suits and heavy coats in there taking up too much space? Consider moving them to another room or using a rolling garment rack.

When you're down to what you really need in your closet for daily use, think about investing a little into some higher quality hangers. Some hangers fit flat together, which saves you a lot more space than you might have imagined. Cascading clothes hangers, specialty hangers and adjustable hangers can help you to arrange your clothing in a way that works best for you. It doesn't take a lot of money, but it might take a little trial and error. When you notice something not working, make an adjustment. Over time, you'll figure out the best way to organize your personal closet.

About the Author: Jo Granville is on the staff of Only Hangers, a leading online retailer of well-made clothing hangers.