Even if you’ve done your best to downsize possessions and get rid of extra stuff before your move, your new place may still present some storage challenges. Especially in an older home, closet space may be at a premium and you’ll need to make every square foot count. But take heart; you don’t have to resign yourself to a life of clutter and chaos. With some clever organizing ideas, you can transform that cramped closet space and have your closet under control in no time.
For this article we’ll tackle bedroom closets specifically; however, many of the tips could apply equally well to hallway or entry hall space, too. Read on for smart storage hacks that won’t break the bank.
Keep the Floor Clear
The first rule of closet organization ― as well as one of the tougher challenges ― is to get everything up off the floor. Yes, you may be tempted to stack items like shoes and luggage there, but a clear floor space makes it so much easier to find what you need. Keep your shoes off the floor with an over-the-door shoe rack or a free-standing shoe tower. Put luggage on an upper shelf or, if space is really tight, under your bed.
Install an Extra Rod
This is a simple DIY project that only requires a few brackets and another closet rod. Not only will it effectively double the closet space, but you’ll also now have separate levels for shirts, dresses and pants. Hang shorter items like shirts, blouses and jackets on the top rod, longer dresses and pants on the lower. Hint: Hanging organizers are great for small items like scarves, belts and hair ties
Use Matching Hangers
Do your hangers really need to match? While uniform hangers may not seem essential, they allow clothing to hang evenly, preventing sagging and keeping everything in place. And since everything is hanging at the same height, clothing is easier to find and retrieve. If you have a lot of delicate fabrics in your wardrobe, it’s wise to invest a little more in padded ones.
Group Non-hanging Items in Containers
Things like sweaters, accessories, linens or shoes are perfect for storing in containers, bins or baskets. Get some inexpensive ones at a discount store or repurpose items you already have. Label each container so you can easily spot what you need.
Make the Most of Closet Walls
Shelving is a great way to add more storage space. You can even find shelving kits that don’t require any drilling ― a perfect solution if you’re in a rental. Store folded clothes, linens, purses and other items on the shelves to keep them up and out of the way.
Don’t Skimp on the Lighting
Well-lit closets seem more spacious and make it easier to find what you need. With extra lighting, like LED strip lights or spotlights, you can see exactly what’s in your closet, as well as inspect clothing and accessories that may need some attention. The newer, motion-activated LED strips are ideal since they don’t require wiring and turn themselves off automatically.
Add Some Stackable Drawers
This might slightly bend our “nothing on the floor” rule above, but a couple of stackable drawers of matching size and color can be a boon for certain items like socks, underwear and jewelry you want quick access to. Though preferably they belong on a closet shelf, if space is at a premium, the floor is an acceptable solution.
With some clever reorganizing, your closet will seem more spacious and useful in no time. And in less time – and for less money – than you imagined.
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