Maximizing Small Closet Storage Space

6 Easy Personal Organizing Solutions

The trick to making the most of small closets is to maximize the space.

You need to utilize small space storage solutions that adhere to the following:

  • Fit perfectly, which means you must measure three times before buying any closet organizing product;
  • Are easy to use, meaning you can reach them and easily slide them in and out of the closet; and
  • Compliment your decor scheme.

Below are the steps for getting that small closet in shape.

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    Research Small Closet Storage Solutions

    An organized closet with shirts hanging and pants folded.

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    Get started by surveying what you have to work with:

    1. Take inventory. Think of a department store and take inventory of your clothes by type. Have a good sense of how many pants, skirts, and shirts you need to hang; how many shirts, sweaters, and jeans you need to fold and stack; and how many accessories you need to keep close at hand.
    2. Take measurements. Take your closet's measurements and record them on an index card. Keep the index card in your wallet, so you have this information both at home or on the road.
    3. Search your home for storage solutions. You can repurpose things you may already own such as cubbies, bookcases, shoe racks, and shelving. Will any of these work in your space?

    It's vital to have a plan before you begin buying stuff.

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    Use the Floor of Your Closet

    Shoe cubbies stacked with eight pairs of tennis shoes.

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    It might make sense to move the shoes you don't wear too often outside of your closet and utilize the floor for a combination of off-season storage, accessories, and shoes. The best storage option is a low-to-the-ground cubby. Make sure you use one that fits the space so you can maximize every inch of the floor.

    You can move your off-season or not-worn-that-often shoes either very high up in your closet or another storage space all together like a hall closet or in the storage space under your bed.

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    Double Your Hanging Space

    Closet with double hanging racks of shirts and pants with drawers in between.

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    Nothing will transform your closet as quickly and dramatically as a double hang. More hanging space is much more efficient than shelving space, so if you have to choose between the two, choose to hang. Keep in mind this may mean you have to hang things you would normally fold and stack.

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    Get a Boost and Go Vertical in Your Closet

    Woman on step ladder putting files in a closet.

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    There’s really no point in storing things higher up a wall or closer to the ceiling unless you can reach that high. If you’re not six-feet-plus, a good step stool will help you reach the top of your bedroom closet, and can also be used in the kitchen, attic, and garage. Choose one that compliments your decor and fits your space.

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    Use the Right Hangers for Your Closet Space

    Organized clothes in a hanging closet.

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    Hangers aren’t just for suit jackets anymore. You can now hang all manner of accessories and even boots:

    • Blankets
    • Boots
    • Coats
    • Dress shirts
    • Handbags
    • Pants
    • Scarves
    • Suits
    • Ties

    Use your hangers to hold clothes of the same type (examples: scarves together, pants together, and ties together) so when you pull a hanger out of the closet, you know what you’re getting.

    For the best hangers to use in a small closet, try either Huggable or Slimline Hanger. These are less bulky and about one inch thinner than a traditional wood hanger. You may not think this is worth the one-inch but think about one-inch multiplied by a 30 inch-wide closet. It adds up.

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    Use Storage Space on the Closet Door

    Over the door shoe storage with seven pairs of shoes on it.


    Closet door shoe racks are the best option here, as they aren't just for shoes anymore; they’re a super functional way to store all sorts of clothing items and accessories.

    • Belts
    • Gloves
    • Handbags
    • Hats
    • Jewelry
    • Scarves
    • Socks
    • Undergarments

    Use your closet door for the things you wear and grab the most often. Example: If you’re a scarf-wearer, tuck your most-worn scarves at eye level in the shoe rack pockets. In the summer, swap out scarves, gloves, and tights for tank tops.