It’s only 7 days until the official start of Fall. When you think of Fall many people associate it with football, crisp air, leaves changing color, and the start of the holiday season. What many people don’t think of is Fall cleaning. We’ve all heard of Spring cleaning but why not Fall cleaning? It’s the perfect time to declutter and reorganize your walk-in closet while living at a Polinger, Shannon, and Luchs property! What better time to get rid of the old and embrace the new than the changing of seasons and especially the changing of wardrobes. It’s time to ditch the shorts and flip-flops and time to embrace the sweaters and boots! Why not clean, declutter, and organize while you’re at it! Here are a few of our favorite hacks for utilizing your walk-in closet to the best of its ability:
1. Create a confined space for the small stuff.
Use a large bowl or over-the-door shoe rack to organize your leftover change, wallet, receipts, keys, hair supplies, nail polish, or even makeup. This allows for storage for items in places you wouldn’t normally think to use.
2. Repurpose a tie rack to organize necklaces and bracelets.
Order a tie rack online to hang your necklaces and bracelets. They’re perfect for storing necklaces due to their size and many prongs, originally meant for holding ties! You can put this behind hanging clothes on the wall or on the back of the closet door. The best part is that it keeps your necklaces from becoming tangled and allows for easy viewing of your entire jewelry collection for quick selection for busy mornings. You can even paint the tie rack using acrylic paint to match your closet or your favorite color.
3. Use an ice-tray to organize earrings, rings and change.
Ice trays are perfect for organizing earrings and rings. Not only are they inexpensive and small enough to fit in a drawer but they provide the perfect sized compartments to house a pair of earrings, a ring or two, or that pesky leftover change in your trouser pockets.
4. Use bookends to keep your stacks of folded clothing organized.
Using thin bookends as makeshift shelf dividers allows for a more organized folded clothing storage system. Keep those freshly pressed dress shirts crisp and tidy or simply use them to help hold up your stack of folded jeans. Purchase yours here.
5. Use pool noodles to help your boots keep their shape.
Fall means boot season. Tired of going to grab your favorite pair only to realize they’ve lost their shape? Use end of summer bargain deals to purchase foam pool noodles, cut them to the height of the boot you want to keep in shape, and just insert them into the boot. Perfect shape 24/7!
6. Repurpose those beer or soda tabs to create double hangers.
It’s Fall so naturally it’s Football season! After a Sunday with the guys, collect the tabs from the beer and soda cans to use as hanger connecters. By doubling up on the hangers in your closet you’re doubling the space available and who knows, maybe you’ll have room for a new NFL jersey, or a few!
7. Use a wine box as a shoe, tie, or belt organizer.
Not willing to spend money on a shoe rack or compartment organizer, or can’t find one to fit the exact space you need? Simply repurpose a wine box to organize your shoes, ties, and even belts. You can use scrapbook paper, paint, or even Paper Mache to embellish the outside to make it look more formal and decorative.
8. Use shower curtain hooks and hanger to store your scarves or belts.
Nothing says fall more than a nice beautiful scarf but organizing them can be a pain. Simply grab a normal hanger and a handful of shower curtain hooks and use them to keep your scarves and belts organized, untangled, and stored compactly in your closet!
9. Create your own hanging laundry basket using nothing more than a pillow case and an embroidery hoop.
Simply purchase an embroidery hoop at your nearest craft store and use an old (or new) large pillow case to create a fun yet functional laundry basket! No longer is it necessary to take up precious floor space to store your dirty laundry until laundry day. This can simply hang from a hanger or from the back of your closet door to be out of the way and free up additional space for shoes and other storage needs. Learn how to do this DIY.
These fun and simple hacks will make your walk-in closet more organized and spacious, allowing for more storage and better use of space. Many of our Polinger, Shannon, and Luchs properties boast ample walk-in closet space in most apartments, specifically at 2401 Pennsylvania Avenue Apartments, Bethesda Place Apartments, and Country Place Apartments. Are you looking for more information about all PSL properties? Click on the following links to find your new apartment home in Chevy Chase, Bethesda, Rockville, Washington, D.C., Gaithersburg, and Burtonsville.