Whether you have a small, medium, or large closet, storage space is typically at a premium. These 6 closet storage solutions are designed to help you to create more storage space in your closet--no matter the size. They are easy to install, budget-friendly and will help you gain control over your wardrobe. The right closet storage system will instantly save you time and money.
Here are the 11 essential upgrades to create more storage space in your clothes closet.
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To install, bump your current rod up, and decide how much room you need on your floor below your clothes (consider moving shoes and hampers outside of your closet—do you really want your clothes smelling like your gym sneakers?). Measure the clothes you plan to hang on the double rod and install to that height. Now you have twice the amount of closet storage space!
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Store Your Shoes on the Closet Door
Store your most-used shoes on the inside of the closet door. You can achieve this look with a simple towel bar.
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Hang Accessories and Tank Tops
This will also work for necklaces, belts, scarves and ties. Anything that can hang, can hang together on a hanger. All you need are shower curtain hooks and you can transform any hanger into accessory storage.
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This little trick is a key part of my morning time management. I have to be up and at ‘em fairly early each day (pre-6am!), I hang my outfit for the next day on a valet hook the night before. On the weekends, I hang my gym clothes so when I’m out the door to hit the streets in search of coffee and a newspaper, I’m already dressed for the gym and really have no excuse to not go.
Valet hooks are also useful to hang dry cleaning, belts, bags, and scarves.
I prefer Command Hooks because of their versatility, ease of use and they don't leave a mark on your wall or door.Continue to 5 of 11 below.
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Suits, blazers, dresses and shirts each have a different type of hanger associated with them, which can become overwhelming and costly. Keep things simple with a good basic wooden hanger (try the basic Hardwood Hangers at the Container Store).
This is important for two reasons:
- Visually, matching hangers instantly give your closet a more serene, organized look, which in turn will be a visual cue for you to keep it that way.
- Hangers give shape and structure to your clothes. Men's should be wider than women's to accommodate their (typically) wider shoulders.
TIP: If you're registering for housewarming or wedding, request hangers. A couple packs of good hangers makes a nice shower gift.
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Label Your Storage
A little labeling can make everything easier to find. You can use a Brother Label Maker or hand make your own out of cardboard and string. This is especially useful for storage baskets that are not easy to see. Since these baskets are at the top of the closet. you might forget which one has your scarves and which one is storing all of your mittens.
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Shelf dividers really help to organize limited shelf space. They make folding and stacking your shirts, sweaters and jeans easier and frankly, it just looks a lot neater. Doubly so for a shared closet.
Once you fold and stack a pile of sweaters, a shelf dividers will help keep everything in place, and it will ensure that your clothing stays at the front of the shelf and doesn't topple to the back out of view.
Once again, make sure you measure your clothes before installing dividers. They come in several different sizes and colors. Use the Guide to Shelf Dividers.
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Small Bins and Baskets in the Closet
Bins and baskets are a life-saver for hard-to-reach shelves and a great way to group and store less-wrinkly clothing and accessories. Think about these possibilities:
- Tights Bin
- Belts Bin
- Gym Clothes Bin
- Winter sweaters Bin
- Scarves Bin
- Handbags Bin
Make a useful addition to your closet by organizing a set of bins for undershirts (men) and camisoles (women). When you pull out a slightly see-through button down, too-low-cut-for-work wrap dress, or sheer sweater, you can easily find the appropriate under garment.
Once again, make sure everything has its place. Using bins makes this much easier!Continue to 9 of 11 below.
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The Rubbermaid Closet Kit is a versatile, easy way to update any closet without the price and hassle of designing and installing a custom closet system. You decide how much hanging space and shelving you need, and the kit can be fit to your specifications. All of the rods and shelves can expand to fit your closet, and if you're working with a larger space and need two or three kits instead of one, they all work and fit together. (Rubbermaid, $86.24)
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Hang Scarves on the Inside of the Closet Door
Scarves can be hard to store. Tucked into a basket or bin works well, but if you wear scarves everyday, displaying them/storing them on the inside of your closet door makes more sense.
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Move Rarely-Worn Items to Storage
Plastic storage containers are closet storage staples are just so versatile. They can fit nearly every item in your closet, you can buy them in clear plastic so you can quickly assess what's lurking inside, and they can be labeled and marked if colored. You could also plaint them with chalkboard paint for easy labeling.
Added bonus, they will protect your clothing items from the elements in a basement or any other drafty area in your home.
TIP: Remove all contents and give them a quick cleaning once a year or when you swap out your Winter/Summer wardrobes. Make sure they are completely dry before storing your clothes.
These are meant for garage storage, but they work just as well for out-of-season clothing, Halloween costumes, or linens.