6 Genius Organization Hacks a Celebrity Closet Designer Knows (That You Don't)

Sophie Miura

Like your bathroom cabinet or kitchen pantry, your closet says a lot about you. We’re not just talking about the stories behind the items hanging in it—the way you choose to organize and display clothes and accessories is just as telling about your personality. (Type A people, we’re looking at you.) Do you hang items by style and color, or haphazardly layer jackets on bent wire hangers from the dry cleaner? Are your favorite accessories on display and easy to access, or stowed in the back of drawers under layers of tangled accessories?

As we begin to transition our homes and wardrobes to winter, the addition of bulky coats, knits, and cold-climate accessories can wreak havoc on a well-organized space. If you’re ready to unpack your winter wares, take note. We turned to Khloé Kardashian’s closet designer, Lisa Adams of LA Closet Design, and leading fashion bloggers to find out the insider tips they swear by to keep an organized, Pinterest-worthy closet. Yes, there is a right way to fold your sweaters, and no, you’re probably not making the most of every inch of storage space, according to Adams.

Follow these insider tips and tricks for a well-organized closet you’d be proud to show off.

Know Your Storage Style

The best-organized closets aren’t fiddly or overly styled—they’re designed to suit the owner’s storage habits, whether good or bad. For example, if you don’t have time to fold certain items, open shelving displays will be hard to keep tidy long-term. Instead, consider your organization habits and arrange your closet accordingly. Alicia Lund, the blogger behind Cheetah Is the New Black, says she allocates drawers and decorative baskets to toss accessories into rather than worrying about folding and sorting each piece. “I have special baskets and drawers dedicated to the heavier winter items,” she tells MyDomaine.

For those of you who cringe at the thought of folding scarves and matching socks, Lisa Adams has zero-effort solutions you can adopt. “Scarves look très chic hanging on acrylic or brass towel bars—it’s an insider trick!” she tells us. “I also like to put thick winter socks in winter boots to manage storage and double up as fillers to maintain the boots’ shape while not in use during summer months.”

Reallocate Hanging Space

Summer and winter wares vary in bulk and length, so it’s important to assess how you allocate closet space when the seasons change. “The most common mistake I notice is that people don’t take away summer clothes when they add winter clothes, so the closet is overstuffed,” says Lisa Adams, who is responsible for Tyra Banks’s and Brad Goreski’s pristine walk-ins. “There is usually not enough medium- or long-hanging [space] in the closet, so coats drape over lower-hanging rods used for shorter-hanging items.”

If you struggle with limited hanging space, Adams says there’s one area of the closet you’re likely not utilizing: the back. “If you have more depth than width in your closet, I would suggest hanging bulky coats front-to-back on an extended rod,” she says.

Likewise, if you’re not able to put all your summer items in storage, she says the back of shelves is an often underused area. “[It’s] a great use of space for seasonal folded items. When the season arrives, pull the back row to the front, and front to back. The back row is great for thermals, turtlenecks, etc., and front row for tank tops, colored tees, etc.”

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