Perfect Harmony for Him and Her: the Cohabitated Closet

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Cohabitation means sharing lives, including your home, your stuff and even your closet space. Avoid conflict in your relationship by creating a harmonious closet where your stuff and his stuff can live together in peace.   When merging the contents of your closets, don’t assume that everything will fit. First, take an inventory of what you already have. Remember, you wear 20 percent of your clothes 80 percent of the time. So, sort through your wardrobe, creating piles to keep, donate and discard. Cleaning out those rarely used items will create more storage space for both of you. Next, designate specific areas inside the closet for each person; that way he has room to store that old comic book collection and you have room for all of those shoes. Here are some other useful suggestions on how to organize a closet for him and her.     For Him:  
  • Allow for two areas of hang space for shorter items like shirts, dress pants and suit jackets.
  • Install shelving for folded sweaters, jeans and those favorite khakis and shorts.
  • Shoe shelves will help ensure that his shoes don’t end up in a pile on the floor while a canvas hamper keeps dirty clothes out of the way.
  • Tie and belt racks make it easy for him to find accessories that create a polished, professional look. 
For Her:
  • Create hanging space for longer items like that beloved cocktail dress and trench coat.
  • Designate a shorter hanging space for skirts, shirts and dress pants.
  • Add shelving for folded items like cardigans and jeans.
  • A center tower of shelving, wire baskets or canvas pull-out drawers can hold frequently used items and keep personal items like jewelry and perfume within arm’s reach.
  • Artfully display handbags on shelves near other accessory items, so that pulling together a complete look is a cinch.
  • Ample shoe shelving makes it easy to find those go-with-anything black heels or running shoes for your morning workout.
For Both:
  • Top shelving above the highest hanging rod can be used to store seasonal clothing, photo albums, luggage and any extra guest pillows or blankets.
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