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How to Make the Most Out of Your Closet

Wardrobe stylist Jennifer Barger shares tips to maximize space and keep your clothes organized.

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In addition to covering design, writer Jennifer Barger works as a wardrobe stylist and personal shopper for DC Style Factory, helping clients organize and spiff up their wardrobes. Even if you can’t add an entire dressing room to your home, you can keep your closet in top shape with her tips.

Get rid of wire hangers from the dry cleaner. Replace them with matching, slimmed-down ones—such as the velvet-covered hangers from the Container Store—to fit more clothes onto rods.

Think vertically. Use those often-wasted upper shelves for out-of-season clothing, luggage, or anything else you don’t need every day.

Keep things in view. It’s easier to get dressed if you can see most of your clothes and shoes. Hang garments by type and then color, from light to dark.

Don’t go overboard on organizing gear. Relying on too many bins and baskets hides your clothes and keeps you from knowing what you’ve got.

This article appears in our April 2015 issue of Washingtonian.