Every now and again, we get to organize the husband’s side of the closet. It’s usually the bottom of the priority list, but only because he says so. The wife, on the other hand, is usually begging us to somehow convince her husband to *once and for all* toss his old college t-shirts—because let’s be honest, those glory days are over.
If this sounds familiar, you’ll be happy to know that your husband (and his closet) are not a lost cause. However, this doesn’t mean that you should expect him to maintain some immaculate and perfectly-edited work of art. What helps is being realistic and creating functional systems that work for his lifestyle, which in turn, will cut down on clutter and maximize space.
Unlike women, who need more vertical space for long dresses, it isn’t as necessary for men. Take advantage of that opportunity by installing double hanging rods to increase storage capacity. We suggest hanging shirts on the top and folded pants on the bottom.
Invest in matching sets of huggable hangers. It’s one of the simplest ways to make a closet look less cluttered and maximize hanging space, while also preventing clothing from any damage. Since wire hangers from the dry cleaners are the absolute worst, make sure to keep extra sets of huggable hangers in either the closet or laundry room so you can swap them out immediately.
If he doesn’t have a dresser or closet drawers, create your own by using baskets or stackable acrylic bins. We suggest folding shorts, work-out clothes, pajamas, t-shirts, and even socks and underwear. These items don’t need to be folded as neatly since they are contained.
Place a catch-all tray in his closet or anywhere he typically empties his pockets at the end of the day. This way there will be a designated space for these items to go, rather than adding clutter to a countertop.
Store multiple hats in pull-out drawers to keep them contained and free from dust and damage.
Free up hanging space and use shelving to store heavy sweaters so they don’t become misshapen. Shelf dividers or acrylic bins will help to keep the categories separate and upright. This also works for other clothing that doesn’t need to be hung, such as jeans and casual t-shirts.
Even if they don’t admit it, men often more shoes than women do. Stackable shoe storage maximizes space by increasing the number of shoes each shelf can hold, while also keeping each pair protected from scuff marks.
To avoid a pile of dirty clothes on the floor, place a large hamper in a *visible* area with three slots: one for lights, one for darks, and one for dry cleaning.
Keep belts and ties off the floor by hanging them on an easy-to-access separate hook or folding them neatly in a drawer with dividers. We *of course* suggest categorizing ties by color!
And, of course, don’t forget to label! Labeling is a set of directions that clearly and concretely identify the contents that belong in a container. As long as your husband can read, there’s no excuse for not putting things back where they belong. Grab a pack of our closet labels or let us customize them for you on THE site!
Clea + Joanna