I’m not picking on the men, I swear…But I’m back again today, this time talking about their closet.  According to my husband, my “credible” resource men want their closets to…

I’m not picking on the men, I swear…But I’m back again today, this time talking about their closet.  According to my husband, my “credible” resource men want their closets to be organized, but they just don’t know where to start.  Lucky for me we don’t share closet space because his closet is atrocious.  He forbade me from showing you a photo of his closet so I obliged especially after his sweet Mother’s Day post.  And in case you’re wondering, he is the reason for the male directed posts this week. I hope you don’t mind.

So here’s what I’m doing to assist Chris’ closet conundrum…

The first thing I have to do is remove everything from the floor and place it outside of the closet.  This will obviously help me to move around within the space, but will also help me mentally to know there is an end in sight.

I have bins handy that will allow me to make three separate piles: keep, donate, dispose. The benefit of organizing his closet while he is away is that I’m able to get rid of all the stuff I hate. I know it sounds mean, but it’s true. I will replace old pieces with a few new ones that we both love. Hopefully I won’t have to buy back his old stuff from the Salvation Army.

Here is where things could get ugly.

I hate to see a closet full of wire hangers.  i will replace wire hangers with one of the appropriate options listed below. Valet Magazine has an awesome visual and description of the different kinds of hangers and why you should use them.  Instead of throwing wire hangers in the trash, be eco-conscious and return them to the dry cleaners on your next visit.

Fold remaining items and stack them using shelf dividers. Think of these dividers as bookends for his clothes.

I’ll let him try out his new and improved closet for a week and conduct a follow up visit and assess his needs once again. Did the closet remain clean? Does he need more hangers, storage, etc. Take time to adjust the organization plan if needed.

This was a simple cleanup exercise to see if he would appreciate a more expensive solution before actually calling in the professionals. This only cost me about 3 hours of my time, but he will think of me fondly each time he steps into his newly organized space!  

This is worth about 100 points in the Love Bank, don’t you think?

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  • My Agent Angela
    May 11, 2010 12:01 pm

    Girl I don't have a man or husband but cleaning while he is gone is a really GREAT idea! I'm going to keep this in mind

  • You must have read my mind..this is EXACTLY what I have to do tomorrow….I just cant stand it anymore..and I may even be generous and give up some of my storage
    Thanks for the helpful tips honey x

  • Anatomy of A Dinner Party
    May 11, 2010 12:27 pm

    Erika, how about the shoe organizers that hang over the closet door for those that don't have expansive closets? Your take on those?

  • You got your love bank points, but just remember to let us know how long it stays that way! These are great pointers. Thanks.

  • Very nice post! I'll be sure to think back to it when I get around to mine!

  • Rachel @ La Bella Bungalow
    May 11, 2010 12:34 pm

    Great idea Erika. It's the little loving gestures that really count!

  • Tina Steele Lindsey
    May 11, 2010 12:53 pm

    🙂 – This makes me hApPy 😉

  • Isabella & Max Rooms
    May 11, 2010 1:18 pm

    Oh, I'm with you, do NOT like the wire hangers! I love the look and function of wooden hangers and luckily my husband does a good job with his side of the closet! (Does he have a choice?!)

  • The Budget Brides Handbook
    May 11, 2010 1:32 pm

    Ok so I am really the crazy one when it comes to our closets. But we are both guilty of wired and plastic hangers. We can definitely do this project together. And work on removing the wired hangers in 2010. Wooden hangers look so much better.

  • This post couldn't have come at a better time. My husband and I are moving into our new place this weekend and I now have 2 walk in closets to organize. Thanks for the tips!

  • Tonia w/ Chic Modern Vintage
    May 11, 2010 1:47 pm

    Great tips that I will have to use for myself.

  • You keep me laughing lady! Joan Crawford…HAAAA!

    I love the tips! 🙂

  • Good points…I think I'll make a stop by the container store and then sneak in when the Mr goes to work lol THANKS

  • yes! and…i absolutely hate wire hangers!

  • Hardwood laminate floors
    May 12, 2010 12:10 pm

    Wonderful post! I have learned a lot from this post. Thank you for those tips.

  • Gail (A Fresh Start Organizing)
    May 12, 2010 3:06 pm

    A girl after my own heart. I love the post. Well written and full of useful info. Thanks for sharing the organizing love.

  • ashlina {the decorista}
    May 14, 2010 8:38 pm

    oooh. i love this post. super great advice.

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