Everyone begins with an empty closet that probably has shelves or bars for stowing away belongings. It is up to everyone to them put away their things in an organized fashion and also keep it that way. Sometimes the difficulty is not when you first put things away, but it is the maintenance of order going forward. So why is this important? These are the types of homeownership tips that help for better daily living, but are also very helpful for when it comes time for when you sell your home. Here are some great tips to follow for making your closets work for you.

Understand Your Needs – All closet layouts don’t work for every person. Take a moment to audit your belongings, what you want to store in the closet and do a needs assessment. Do you need mostly hanging space with two rows of hangers? Or maybe you have a lot of shoes and you may need to add a lot of cubbies perhaps along the floor for them.

The more you plan out your closet for your needs, the better chance you will have for putting things away properly down the road. As you review your needs, this is a great time to reduce what you have and only keep what you need and use. If you haven’t used or touched it in over a year, it may not be worth trying to accommodate a space for it.

Create Small Compartments – A good rule of thumb is to have plenty of smaller compartments. In other words, having more shelves will allow you to have shorter stacks of things that may be prone to toppling over and creating a mess. Investing in a better closet system may cost a bit more up front, but in the end it will save you more time and headache when you are searching for your things. A great tip for these compartments is to put any loose items in clear or transparent bins as this allows you to keep things contained but can easily see what is inside each.

Make Them Kid Compliant – Anyone who has children knows that getting them to tidy up can be a challenge on its own. If you want your kids to help in keeping things organized, you will want to make it as easy as possible for them. Generally kids are better with putting things away in bins, baskets and cubbies. Hooks are also better than hangers in efforts to keep things simple.

Light Them Up – Keeping things bright and well illuminated will make it easier to see. Choose paint colors that are brighter so that your closet appears larger. For bigger closets, improve the lighting with better fixtures so you can see everything that you have.