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How-To: Share a Closet With Your Valentine

In a dream world, we'd all have a custom-built walk-in closet to ourselves, à la Carrie Bradshaw in Sex and the City: The Movie. But let's face it: wallets the size of Mr. Big's are few and far between. So, we share. Sometimes, unfortunately, sharing a closet with your better half feels like World War III. To lighten the tension and take the frustration out of making two wardrobes fit into one — whilst keeping you both organized and happy — I got a few tips from the experts of closet organizing: California Closets.


  • Split your closet: ladies 60/men 40. In order to make this work, give your man the hall closet to store his large items, like jackets and suits.
  • Ladies: If your spouse stores his stinky gym shoes in the closet, add lavender sachets to your hangers to keep your clothes smelling sweet.

For the rest of the tips,

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  • Have a “no clothes on the floor” rule. If your man’s clothes are on the closet floor for more than 24 hours, he has to give you a 10-minute foot massage.
  • Since women like to display their shoes, add a shoe rack on the back of the closet door and have him use the closet floor.
  • Couples with a small closet: Remove all accessories as these take up a lot of space. An easy way to store these is in a flat, plastic bin under the bed.
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tamint tamint 6 years
wow, me and my husband each have our own full size closets (mine is in one of our spare rooms that i use as a closet/office/craft room) and dressers and chests and we share an additional closet! We dont feel the need to combine our clothes-stuff, we're both too type a to share!
starbucks2 starbucks2 6 years
It workes out perfectly fine for it, since he just doesn't get any say in how the closet is organized,,,He doesn't care a lot, though. I just reorganized it a few weeks ago and now I'm as happy as can be! We split 40/60 and I also have an additional dresser.
russell953 russell953 6 years
You ARE lucky. I had a California Closet installed and now I am lucky, too.
skigurl skigurl 6 years
i was lucky when we moved in - our closet issues just magically worked...in the master we do the 60/40 split, then we 50/50 split the dresser, and then i have one spare room for all my work clothes and he has the other spare room for all his work clothes...it works out well to have 2 spare rooms for each of our things...it gives us our own space so we're able to spread out a little bit
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