Here's some advice on taming closet chaos from Robin Wilson, home efficiency expert and CEO of Robin Wilson Home.
To organize a closet on a budget, start with hangers, she advises. Use the same size hangers, so garments hang at the same level. Sort clothes by type and color for easy selection - for example, arrange blouses from light to dark colors.
A double rod creates additional hanging space, stresses Wilson, allowing shirts to be placed at eye level and pants on a lower level. These rods, as well as hanging shelves, shoe holders and baskets are available at organization and hardware stores, requiring little installation. Use these tools to color code T-shirts and other folded items, store handbags and keep shoes together.
With a larger budget, consider a custom solution that uses the full height and space of the closet with multiple levels and types of shelves, rods, and drawers.
"On an ongoing basis, reduce clutter by taking clothing out of plastic dry cleaning bags. This allows fabrics to breathe and encourages you to color-code garments right away," she says. "At the start of each season, go through your clothes and determine which items have not been worn in the past 12 months. Turn their hangers around. When the next season comes, if the hangers have not been turned around, donate these items to charity."