22 Oct Saving Couples from Closet Craziness: 5 Ways to Create a Closet that Works for Both of You
Your closet can quickly become one of the most contentious places in your home. Do you and your partner/significant other see eye to eye on your closet situation? Does one person hog all of the available closet space? Maybe one of you is a closet hoarder, turning your sacred space into a storage locker. Is one of you just messy and filling your closet with clutter that pushes the other person out? Don’t worry. No one needs to experience storage shame. Here are five tips to save you from the closet crazies. They might also save your relationship.
1. Purge Your Cluttered Clothes
One common complaint we hear from people about their closets is that they have too many clothes. The truth is that most of us probably have too many clothes. There are ladies holding onto old dresses they never wear. You also have to deal with guys clinging to shirts and pants that should have been retired years ago. Regardless, we have far too much stuff cluttering up our space. That’s why cleaning out your closet needs to be your first order of business.
We’re all familiar with Marie Kondo by now. It doesn’t have to be that extreme, but a closet audit is in order. Each partner needs to go through their clothes. If you haven’t worn it in a few years or it has holes or stains, it’s time to give it up. You can also take seasonal clothes like winter coats and keep them in a separate storage space until you need them.
2. Divide and Conquer Your Closet
Once you’ve cut down on your clothes, it’s time to decide how to share your space. Just remember that fair doesn’t always mean equal. Depending on your personal clothes quotient, you might want to consider a 70/30 arrangement as opposed to an even-steven 50/50.
Take the time to find something that works best for your relationship. Does one of you have more clothes than the other? Divide up the space based on the needs of each to ensure each has adequate space to keep their items organized.
3. Upgrade Shelving and Storage for a Quick Solution
So, you’ve gone through and cleaned out your clothes. You even came to a healthy compromise when it comes to splitting up the space. But what if you still don’t have enough room in your closet. It’s time to call the professionals to help you organize your closet!
Closets by Design can help you optimize your closet. Thanks to our free, in-home consultations, customers can realize the full potential of their closets. You can add closet accessories like extra, pull-out shelves to make room for shoes, sweaters, and other items. There are plenty of other helpful changes you can make to your closet to ensure you’re getting the most out of your space. By working with the pros, you can double, triple, or even quadruple the amount of storage space in your closet.
4. It’s Time for Another Closet
By now, you and your partner have pretty much done everything you can. You cut down on clothes, you’ve split up your space, and you’ve put in extra shelves. Even with all of this, it still isn’t enough! This is when it’s time to face facts. You need another closet.
Even in your dream home, your closet just might not have the kind of square footage you need. There are plenty of beautiful houses that have gorgeous designs but itty bitty closets. That’s where a custom closet comes in. You can work with a professional to create a new closet from a spare room and add doors to increase the storage space of your new walk-in closet. Whatever you end up deciding, trusting the pros when it comes to your custom closet goes a long way to protecting your sanity, and your relationships!
5. Lay Down the Law
Congratulations! You have the closet you’ve always wanted. There’s a place for everything and everything is in its place. Now you need to make sure that it stays that way. Get together and decide on rules you can live with. These could be rules like, “no clothes on the closet floor” or “everything gets folded and put away right out of the laundry.”
Whatever you decide with your rules, stick to them! Rules don’t help if nobody follows them. It may start with a crumpled shirt here and there, but before you know you’re back where you started. Still, it isn’t the end of the world if you relax on the rules a bit. If you find your closet making your crazy, you can always schedule a free in-home design consultation with the pros at Closets by Design.