Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

Lifestyles

February 3, 2013

Every woman's dream closet

Local mother and daughters share tips for organization

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Get new hangers:

Want to create a seamless look? Buy new hangers. Lipton choose black felt hangers for pants and white felt hangers for dressy shirts. Arrange all clothes by color.

Create more space:

At the top of the closet, create two different spaces.

“Put something in the middle — a vase or a book — to separate,” she said. On one side, Lipton stored Tinder’s sheets. On the other side, she arranged purses.

If you have the space, designate a separate closet for dresses and suits. In this closet, Lipton arranged everything by color. She placed dressy shoes underneath. Instead of lining shoes up row-by-row, she used a shoe organizer, but left empty racks to create an illusion of space.

Fold with care:

Instead of folding everything flat, Lipton said a key to wrinkle-free clothes is rolling shirts. Lay the shirt down, fold the sleeves in and create a square. Then, starting from bottom roll the shirt up. Scarfs, socks and other items can be rolled as well. Sheets can be packaged together like a present. Fold the top sheet into a large rectangle. Place folded pillow cases on one side. Place folded bottom sheet on the other side. Create a package by bringing the top sheet together into a smaller rectangle.

Put up a display:

In the corner of her closet, a pair of shoes stand out among the rest. They stand alone on top of a shoe box, taking up a corner of the closet. No one can remember the brand name, but every female in the family has danced and played in the clear and gold shoes. Lipton calls them “glass slippers.” Tinder said the shoes are more than 30 years old. All three women — mother and daughters — have worn the shoes. The granddaughters of the family have also slipped their feet inside the familiar dress shoes.  

“These mean more to me and my family than anything else in my closet,” Tinder said, holding the shoes to her chest.

You can do the same with shoes or jewelry.

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