shutterstock_454170979Closets are both the smallest and the most tricky part of your home. Every closet is differently shaped, sized, and laid out. If your closet happens to be even smaller than normal,   For that reason, it’s important to set up your closet strategically. If you’re one of the many people with more clothes than can fit into your closet, it’s time to figure out some easy ways of making your life easier (short of getting rid of all your clothes, of course).

Start using bookshelves

No, moving some of your clothes outside the closet is not giving up. Instead, it’s simply a smart money- and sanity-saving move that will improve your life. You can purchase some basic shelves at relatively little cost, and they will make your clothes, shoes, and accessories neatly put away and highly accessible. Better yet, you can customize it how you like: if you prefer your clothes can’t be seen out in the open, you can buy colored cubes that can be inserted into the shelving. The possibilities are endless!

Only keep in-season clothes in the closet

If your winter coats and cozy sweaters are hanging in your closet and it’s the middle of summer,  then you are wasting some valuable closet space for at least the next few months. Take the time twice or three times per year to change out your seasonal clothes in your closet, storing the rest in an out-of-the-way place such as under your bed. Other options for seasonal storage is a decorative trunk (you can find lots of vintage ones at flea markets or secondhand stores), or a decorative bench that can match your bedroom’s layout.

Strategically place your shoes somewhere

Too many people waste their closet space on many pairs of shoes. Instead of keeping them in a pile on your closet floor, buy a nice-looking shoe rack that stays out in the open, or use cubbies of some sort (such as square bookshelves, mentioned above). If they are seasonal shoes (such as winter boots or flip-flops), store them under your bed until the appropriate time of year comes around.

Use the wall space

Chances are, there is a little bit of space in your closet that you haven’t been able to use, such as some extra wall space. This is often on the wall that the door is built into, meaning you wouldn’t see it when you step into your closet. In this case, you can hang heftier, lesser used items (such as suitcases and backpacks) up on that wall so it’s out of the way and off the floor. If you have some cool-looking, vintage suitcases, however, this can be used to store your out-of-season clothes and placed decoratively in your home somewhere.

Secure the odds and ends

Certain items that tend to clutter up your closet rather than being put tidily away can be stored more efficiently. For example, an umbrella stand holds a rolled-up yoga mat well — it can then stay on your closet floor, but takes up as little space as possible. Meanwhile, your umbrellas can be hung on hooks on your closet door or wall.


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