How to Purge Your Closet
Take stock of what you've got and clear away some clutter. Here's how
Take Stock of What You've Got
Sell, donate, and whittle down. Then get out a ruler.
Start with what's hanging. Place clothes flat, on their hangers, in two piles—one for short items, like shirts, and the other for long items, like coats and pants hung full length by their cuffs or waistband. Measure the height of each pile to get the desired lengths for short- and long-item rods. Keep in mind that hangers need sliding space.
Clothes that fold. Arrange foldables in 10-inch-high stacks—any higher and they could topple. Each stack needs 14 inches of shelf length.
Extras. Size up items like ties and T-shirts that also need real estate.
Dimensions You Need to Know
The ideal reach-in closet (we're not talking walk-ins here) is 6 to 8 feet wide and 24 to 30 inches deep. Standard double doors are best, assuming there's room to swing them open. To prevent blind alleys, the inside of the return walls, the ones to which the doors are hinged, should be no longer than 18 inches. For more on planning the perfect closet from scratch, see Read This Before You Redo a Bedroom Closet.