You can create closet storage out of thin air when you learn to simply maximize your space. The last thing you want to do is stuff clean, unwrinkled clothes into your closet only to find that they are crumpled and misshapen when you go to wear them again. That’s why we’ve gathered the best closet storage tips and organizing ideas to help you get the job done quickly and without fuss.
Utilize Shelf Space
One of the most underutilized parts of any closet is the shelf space. Put your shelves to work by keeping sweaters, jeans, and shirts in neatly folded piles. Install removable shelf dividers to help keep your folded piles from toppling over. Keep items that you frequently use on lower, more accessible shelves while placing seasonal and less used items on higher shelves. You can also use closet storage bags and boxes to group and organize belongings while concealing clutter at the same time. If you are using enclosed storage baskets and boxes, we recommend labeling each container to make it easy to find what you are looking for.
Put Closet Doors to Use
Use both sides of your closet door for storage. You can store up to 36 pairs of shoes with a hanging shoe organizer. Over-the-door shoe racks with pockets hold an avalanche of other accessories, too, like hairbrushes, dryers, makeup, gloves, rolled tank tops, and other lightweight clothing. You can also install hooks on the door to create additional hanging space for things like robes, hats, jackets, purses and bags.
Don’t Overlook Blank Walls
Closets don’t need to have any empty wall space. Utilize every last inch of closet space by installing hooks, bins, and ledges on walls to store items used often as well as infrequently. Put hooks in the empty space above the closet door to store rarely used items like bags and hats. Install ledges and hooks on the sides of the closet wherever you see empty space to stash scarves and heels. Mount wall files on the unused space on the back wall of your closet to hang flat items like small handbags and belts.
Double Your Rod Space
There’s so much you can do with closet rods to multiply your storage space. If you have a single rod, add another one about 3 feet below it to hang short items like skirts or pants folded on hangers. To easily add another rod without drilling into the wall, slip a pre-made rod-doubler on to your existing rod. Enlist garment and storage bags to streamline your closet rods while protecting formal wear or seasonal clothing.
Add Overflow Options
Who says you have to cram everything you own into a closet? Beautifully crafted furniture pieces like wardrobe armoires and shoe storage cabinets look stylish while creating more storage space. Slide protective and specially designed storage bags under your bed that hold shoes plus seasonal and bulky clothing. If you have room, take advantage of freestanding clothes racks to hold additional items that need to be hung.
Hang Closet Organizers
If you find that your closet lacks the necessary shelf space, try adding a hanging closet organizer. Hanging closet organizers can add loads of functionality to your closet area and are inexpensive and easy to install. They also come in a wide variety of sizes and configurations to suit your needs.
Keep Laundry Picked Up
Place a laundry hamper inside your closet if there’s available floor space. This way you will have a convenient place to throw dirty laundry that might otherwise end up on the closet floor.
Use Quality Hangers
Hangers matter! Matching wood hangers not only make your space more uniform and appear more organized, they are also better for your clothes. Quality hangers are important for maintaining the shape and structure of garments. Wooden hangers are sturdy and won’t bend which will help keep the structure of your favorite sweater or jacket intact. Plastic and wire hangers, while less expensive, can bend over time, thus not providing optimal support to clothing items. Wood and velvet hangers also help keep garments from slipping off the hanger or wrinkling.
If you feel your closet is beyond help, then start over with a new closet organizer kit. From wire to wood, closet systems have reconfigurable built-in shelves, shoe shelves, drawers, baskets, double rods, and more to help you get your closet in shape. You can find kits to fit any size closet, even larger walk-in spaces.
Instead of trampling over shoes and finding crumpled clothing every morning, take a good look at all the unused space in your closet and around your home where you can add storage. Once you get your closet chaos under control, getting ready in the morning and putting away laundry will be a breeze.