The best way to solve the daily dilemma of putting together an outfit is to see every article of clothing that you own. This way, nothing gets pushed to the corner or gets buried under a pile of shirts and jeans -- you will instantly find whatever it is you need. To make dressing up an easy, enjoyable part of your daily ritual, we asked interior designers Hannah Acab-Faustino and Fritz Santos to name 10 closet essentials.

Wooden or foam-padded hangers
Fritz recommends these pieces to prevent creases on the shoulders of your shirts. Hangers of the same color and style also look better than gaudy, mismatched ones.

Hooks
Install hooks for belts, ties, and other accessories. Hannah says that these can be attached to the back of a closet door.

Lights
Hannah explains that general lighting is not enough because it does not illuminate the inside of the cabinet. It can also cast a shadow when you are browsing through your clothes. Install lights inside the cabinet to help you see your belongings better.

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Fabric softener sheets
These will keep your clothes fresh and fragrant. Fritz says you can tuck them in between garments.

Shoe racks
Many room look messy because shoes are left out on the open and on the floor. Improve your space by investing in organizers for all of your pairs.

Drawers and containers
Clothing articles (such as undergarments) and various accessories should be arranged neatly. Choose matching storage boxes for your prized possessions.

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Full-length mirrors
Don't you hate having to jump up and down in front of your bathroom mirror or having to stand on a chair to view your entire outfit? Fritz says that a full-length mirror will give you a whole picture of what you've put together.

For the complete list of essentials, head to Real Living!

Read the original article ("Closet-minded”) in the June 2009 issue of Real Living Magazine.

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