I was just “hipped” to using clustering to organize the clothes in your closet. I really like the idea, however I am trying to imagine a neat looking closet that is organized in that fashion. And I also cant see an efficient (visually pleasing) way to see the distinctions between the clusters. I know people use those little round things that they have in department stores but I think there should be something better, maybe longer like a piece of material that can make a cleaner distinction.
What are your thoughts on this method of closet organization and making it so that it is not visually cluttering?
Clustering by type of clothing can easily make a visual distinction between groups of clothing in your closet and you probably won’t need a separator to indicate the start of a new section. This is how I organize my closet and, moving left to right, I have suit coats, slacks/pants, short sleeve tops, skirts, long sleeve tops, and dresses. The types of clothing are different enough that it is an abrupt change and no extra identification is necessary.
I’ve also seen fabulously designed wardrobes built out of the Elfa system where different clusters are hung at different heights so that no group hangs immediately next to another group. If you have such a system, then simply rearrange the hanging rod heights to eliminate the side-by-side confusion.
When people cluster items, however, they don’t always cluster slacks with slacks, short sleeve shirts with short sleeve shirts, and suit coats with suit coats. Some people cluster by color, season, type of situation where they would wear the clothing (office, client site, home, garden, exercise), or another clustering system that makes the most sense for his or her life. When this is the case, I can see a desire to use a more formal separation system on a single hanging rod.
The following list contains just a few ideas I’ve seen successfully used in the past. I think the possibilities are endless, so be creative and go where your style leads you!
- Ribbons. Tie a piece of ribbon around the hanging rod and make it loose enough that it can move, but tight enough that it doesn’t slide around when you don’t want it to slide. Frilly types might want to make it into a bow, others might want to tie a knot and nothing more.
- Cedar blocks or lavender sachets. Using one of these items, you can ward off pests and separate your clothes.
- Clear suit bag. The person I saw who did this with her closet had a suit start every cluster of items. You wouldn’t have to use them for suits, though, and simply put the first item of each section in one of these.
If any of our readers have more ideas, please share them in the comments!