Closets seem to be the hardest part of the home to keep organized. Maybe it’s the lack of social pressure. We know most people won’t be looking inside our closets to evaluate our housekeeping skills. Maybe it’s the nature of the closet itself. Unless you have a large, well-lit walk-in, the closet tends to be a small, crowded, dark little area.
But having an organized closet brings more than just aesthetic pleasure. A well-organized closet saves you time and stress by making it easy to find the outfits and items you need. When you are visually impaired, an organized closet can make the difference between needing someone to aid you and being independent in your clothing selection.
If you have low vision, the first area to examine is lighting. Organization doesn’t help much if you can’t identify the sorting systems you’ve chosen. Bright, even lighting can help you tell if items match each other, or can help you find and read any labels you’ve applied.
Adding or modifying overhead lighting is ideal, if possible. Use bulbs that give off a natural light. These give a truer representation of colors. The positioning of the light also matters. You don’t want it to cast shadows on your clothing.
One easy solution for illuminating darker corners is to use stick-on lights. Stick-on lights can be placed anywhere you need them to be. They turn on and off with a tap. And if you need a bit more directed lighting for looking at labels, you can keep a small flashlight on one of your closet shelves.
Color Identifiers and Labels
For matching and labeling clothing, color identifiers are helpful. The Colorino Talking Color Identifier can recognize 100 different colors and differentiate between types of lighting. The Colorino can help you get an initial accurate inventory of your clothing.
For detailed recording, the Pen Friend makes laundry safe labels that withstand up to 50 or more washes. Pen Friend labels allow you to use your voice to record personalized information about the clothing item, including washing instructions or anything else you may find important. Those instructions are recorded onto self-adhesive labels, ready for playback.
Once you have an accurate idea of what you own, there are several ways to label or sort your clothing. You can put Braille clothing labels on each item to identify colors and patterns. Or sort your clothes into types or colors with closet dividers. And if you’re not into mixing and matching, just go ahead and hang entire outfits together on hangers.
Keep Things Sorted and Within Reach
Shoeboxes, craft boxes, baby food jars, and egg cartons are all economical containers you can use for keeping closet items sorted. No need to spend a fortune on built-in drawers or cabinets and boxes.
Watches, jewelry, and even undergarments can be compartmentalized. Keep socks separated by color or type. Items you use frequently should be the easiest to reach. Not only is it faster to always have these items at hand, but it’s also safer than having to reach or stand on step stools.
But what if you drop something? The PikStik Reacher is a must-have tool for your closet. The PikStik can rotate 360 degrees to pick up items from any angle. It opens up to 5 ½” to pick up even large items.
Once your closet is organized, think about streamlining other aspects of your dressing routine. ILA has a variety of dressing aids that can make getting ready in the morning a faster, more independent experience.