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Closet Organizing Tools

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From the new book Get Organized Today Gretchen Ditto writes about some great tools that you can use to organize your closet.

Slim Hangers. These are super and save a lot of space.

Hanging jewelry organizer. This handy tool hangs on a closet rod or on a wall hook. Clear pockets make it easy to see all or your pieces. Outfit coordination is a breeze when you can see your accessory choices.

Under bed storage boxes. These are great for linens, blankets and out-of-season clothing. Just remembers to put these under a guest bed, not your bed.

Boxes or bins for shelves. Turn your shelf into a drawer by adding a nice cubby box. These are essential for hard-to-reach shelves.

Over-the-door shoe organizer. These are perfect for getting your shoes off the ground and in position so that you can see them. Do you have too many shoes? That’s not a problem. Use the over-the-door shoe organizers for your frequently worn shoes, allowing quick and easy access. Display your other “pieces of art” elsewhere. Your shoes aren’t pieces of art. Call me, we need to talk.

Get Organized Today

A collaboration of many professionals providing inspiration that affirms the power and importance of getting organized. The book provides practical ideas that you can use immediately to live a better, more effective life.

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Janet Schiesl

Janet has been organizing since 2005. She is a Certified Professional Organizer and the owner of Basic Organization. She loves using her background as a space planner to challenge her clients to look at their space differently. She leads the team in large projects and works one-on-one with clients to help the process move quickly and comfortably. Call her crazy, but she loves to work with paper, to purge what is not needed and to create filing systems that work for each individual client. Janet is a Past President of the Washington DC Chapter of the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals (NAPO) and was voted 2016 Organizer of the Year by the Washington DC Chapter of NAPO.


  1. Seana Turner on January 7, 2019 at 8:58 am

    Turning a shelf into a drawer with a bin is such a simple idea, but it can make a huge difference in your ability to access your things. I am a bit on the short side, so being able to reach up and bring down a bin, instead of struggling to pull out an item from a stack or crowded space, really makes life easier.

    • Janet Schiesl on January 7, 2019 at 5:17 pm

      Seana, I’m short too! I often suggest using bins for clients who want a neat look but don’t want to take the time to fold neatly. If it’s in a bin you can’t see if it’s folded nicely or not. Simple trick.

  2. Linda Samuels on January 7, 2019 at 8:59 am

    Janet- There’s nothing quite as satisfying as an organized closet. It feels good to access your clothing easily without stress or overwhelm. I like those slim hangers, although the ones that were pictured look like the standard plastic ones. The slim ones which have a sort-of felt-like finish are terrific because they save a lot of space. But frankly, just using matching hangers (of any style) that are facing the same direction can make any closet look fantastic and function better.

    • Janet Schiesl on January 7, 2019 at 5:19 pm

      Hi Linda. The hangers aren’t the slim kind, but they are colorful! I use plastic hangers like the one’s pictured. I like them better than the slim hangers, but that’s just me. I agree, matching hangers is what is most important.

  3. Sabrina Quairoli on January 7, 2019 at 11:36 am

    There is so many over-the-door shoe organizer out there! It’s one of the things I make sure people know about when they are organizing a closet. Thanks for sharing.

    • Janet Schiesl on January 7, 2019 at 6:37 pm

      Yes Sabrina, and they can be used for storage of so many different types of things. I love to offer my clients unique and inexpensive storage solutions.

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