Have you just about had it with your closet storage troubles? Are you unable to squeeze one single item more into your tiny closet? Have you reached your closet’s capacity but not your wallet’s? If you answered yes to any one of those questions, you are in need of some serious closet creativity.
The beauty of closets, big or small, is the fact that you have an opportunity to be really creative with that space. Necessity drives the force of creativity, and closets are no exception. You’ll be surprised by how easy it is to make things look, feel, and function in a way that suits your lifestyle. All it takes is a little creativity! Read on for some tips on how to get started.
Vertical Space is Key
One often missed solution to a cramped closet is making more space vertically rather than horizontally. For instance, one common trick is to use a pop can tab to connect a bunch of clothes hangers all in a row. The ceiling’s the limit on this one – however high your hanger rod or hook is, that’s how many layers of clothes hangers you can fit all in a row.
Another simple way of saving space is by adding a second rod into your closet (assuming it already has one to begin with). Either buy one specifically designed for this purpose or simply use a dowel and some ribbons to hang it from the rod above. That way you have doubled the amount of rod space in your closet. For even more closet efficiency, make the second rod a bit shorter, thus allowing longer garments to hang from the top rod at full length.
Lots of people have decided to remove their shoes from the closet altogether – they simply cause too much of a mess and too many organizational problems. If you’re one of them, you can try creating a “shoe tray”. To make one, use a picture framed turned upside-down and slide it underneath your bed – then you will be able to pull it out and easily access your shoes on a convenient daily basis.
If you want (or need) to keep your shoes in the closet, all is not lost. You can buy some tension poles and create a brand new, adjustable and portable shoe stand at the bottom of your closet.
When in doubt, utilize your closet door. This will work best if your door is on hinges and isn’t the sliding type. Assuming space allows, the inside part of the door can be useful as well. It can include installed shelving, hooks, a little rod or two hung for your scarves, or some catch-alls positioned for your other accessories to safely be stored in.
Out of the Closet
If you truly can’t jam anything more into your closet, or if you don’t want to for one reason or another, you can instead trying hanging your clothes elsewhere in your bedroom. Simple clothing racks are all the rage these days, and you can either do it yourself or buy one. The beauty of the clothing rack is that it is usually portable, meaning you can move it to wherever you want it when it’s convenient for you.