Expert Picks for Every Closet

HGTV Magazine finds out what three expert organizers suggest for keeping your clothes, utility and coat closets under control.

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  • For Your Clothes Closet

    Lisa Adams, owner of LA Closet Design in Los Angeles, creates custom closets for celebrities and pro athletes. Her first must-have: skinny hangers. \"These take up way less room than wooden hangers. Plus, the velvet finish prevents garments from sliding off,\" says Adams. Joy Mangano Huggable Hangers, $39 for a set of 48 (in one color), and Huggable Hanger finger clips, $10 for a set of 20, both hsn.com

  • A Jewelry Holder

    \"If you don't need an entire jewelry box, put this velvet-lined tray on a shelf. It has slots for rings, bracelets and necklaces,\" says Adams. Jewelry insert tray, $46.50, rockler.com

  • A Sweater Saver

    Lift away pills with a few strokes of this pumice. Sweater stone, $18, thelaundress.com

  • A Belt Keeper

    You can use this hanger for ties and scarves, too. Honey-Can-Do 12-hook tie hangers, $7.50 for a set of 2, amazon.com

  • A Compact Steamer

    The closet guru says this tiny gadget \"heats up quickly and de-wrinkles everything from delicate blouses to suits.\" ProCompact garment steamer, $50, shoprowenta.com

  • Boot Inserts

    Use these to prevent tall boots from losing their shape and flopping on the floor. Boot shapers, $10 for a pair, containerstore.com

  • For Your Utility Closet

    Scott Roewer, president of Washington, D.C.'s Solutions by Scott, is a certified professional organizer and an expert at taming the most clutter-prone zones. He suggests hanging file bins for paperwork like manuals, warranties and old tax returns. These are sturdy options that come with a cover and a place for a label. Basic file boxes, $22 each, seejanework.com

  • Storage for Special Plates

    \"Stack china in these cases, which are made from recycled plastic bottles. Different sizes hold dinner, salad and dessert plates,\" says Roewer. Eco-fabric storage cases, $40 for a set of 4, containerstore.com

  • An Over-the-Door Catchall

    The clear pockets on this organizer make it easy to see what you’ve stashed in them. The Mini Stash, $15, simplystashed.com

  • A Footstool and Toolbox in One

    \"This tool case houses the usual screwdrivers and hammers and helps you reach high shelves,\" says Roewer. Stack-On Step 'N Stor step stool, $45, hayneedle.com

  • A Cleaning Tools Rack

    The expert manager of clutter calls this rack \"deceptively efficient\" as it has room for as many as 13 mops, dust rags or other cleaning supplies. Grook utility holder, $15, containerstore.com

  • A Better Way to Store Holiday Lights

    Wrapping strands of lights around reels now will ensure you don’t spend hours untangling knots next year. EZ Roll holiday lights reels and bag, $15, target.com

  • For Your Coat Closet

    Lydia Marks, of New York City's Marks & Frantz Interior Design and Decoration, may be responsible for Carrie’s enviable walk-in closets for the Sex and the City movies, but in real life, she teaches clients how to maximize small spaces. A scarf organizer is a good place to start in your coat closet. This option holds 28. Komplement multiuse hanger, $8, IKEA stores

  • Weatherproof Baskets

    Snowy mittens and hats won't ruin these bins because they are made from woven plastic. Cabana bins, $88 for a set of 3, serenaandlily.com

  • Strong Wooden Hangers

    \"Solid cedar hangers last a lifetime and keep moths away,\" says Marks. Cedar hanger, $11, filson.com

  • Wall Hooks

    Hang the dog's leash on this modern aluminum hook. City wall hook, $40, schoolhouseelectric.com

  • A Welcome Mat

    \"Put wet boots and shoes on this vinyl mat to keep your closet floor clean,\" says Marks. Sandy Chilewich shag doormat, $45, momastore.org

  • A Coat Catcher

    Everyday jackets find an easily accessible place on this bright swinging over-the-door hook. Multiplayer door hook, $20, landofnod.com

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