Professionally organized closets can be one of the most beautiful rooms in your home– but bringing in a closet “decorator” can be costly.  Here are tips for creating your own dream closet:

1.  Declutter: Get rid of unwanted or unworn clothing.  If you haven’t worn it in the last year, chances are you won’t wear it again.  Don’t be afraid to part with used clothing: you can sell or donate it.  Getting rid of the old means more space for new clothes!

2.  Plan a layout: Plan which season’s clothes will go where.  If you can’t figure out an effective layout, you can buy closet organization systems at Wal-Mart or Target that will help you figure things out.  Having something to make organizing easier will also make keeping things organized more likely.

3.  Organize Accessories: Clear tubs can hold out-of-season clothes and shoes, while shelves and over-the-door hangers can hold belts and ties; consider buying a shoe rack to help get your shoes in one organized place.

4.  Put It All Together: Once everything has been organized, it’s time to put everything together.  Place lesser-used items on higher shelves and your favorite clothes at eye-level.  Sort your wardrobe by season, color, or clothing type to save time in the morning.

5.  Hang It Up: Invest in hangers!  Use padded hangers for delicate fabrics, plastic hangers for shirts, and wooden hangers for suits and pants.  Get rid of wire hangers– clothes could snag on them.  Also, loose the dry-cleaning bags because they restrict air flow and retain chemicals in your clothes.

6.  Keep It Up: Don’t let your closet fall into shambles a few weeks or months down the road; do a yearly cleanout of old clothes and accessories.  Daily, make sure you put things back where they should go.  Keep your closet organized and avoid morning stress!