Maximizing Small Closet Storage Space

6 Easy Personal Organizing Solutions

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The trick to making the most of small closets is to maximize the space and employ a storage solution that is easy to use. Before going out to buy storage solutions, though, make sure they will fit in your small closet and match your unique needs. Remember to measure carefully before buying any closet organizing product.

Here are the steps to follow to get your small closet in shape.

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    Research Small Closet Storage Solutions

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    It's vital to have a plan before you begin buying stuff. Take inventory of what you already own to see what you have to work with. Review how many pants, skirts, and shirts you need to hang; how many shirts, sweaters, and jeans you need to fold and stack; and the number of accessories you need to keep close at hand.

    Then, take your closet's measurements and record them.

    Finally, search your home for storage solutions. See if you can repurpose things you may already have, such as cubbies, bookcases, shoe racks, and shelving. See if any of these will work in your space.

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    Use the Floor of Your Closet

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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 rarely worn shoes either 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

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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 increase your hanging space. 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

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    There’s no point in storing things higher up a wall or closer to the ceiling unless you can reach that high. If you’re not taller than six feet, 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 complements your decor and fits your space.

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    Use the Right Hangers for Your Closet Space

    slim hangers allow for more space

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    Hangers can be used for all manner of items in addition to clothing, such as boots, blankets, handbags, scarves, and ties.

    Use your hangers to keep clothes of the same type together. That way, you only have to pull out one hanger to view all of your scarves.

    For the best hangers to use in a small closet, try either Huggable or Slimline Hangers. These are less bulky and about one inch thinner than a traditional wood hanger, which adds up to saved space if used exclusively in a closet.

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    Use Storage Space on the Closet Door

    using the back of a door for storage

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    Closet door shoe racks are the best option here. But, they aren't just for shoes anymore; they’re a super functional way to store all sorts of clothing items and accessories. These over-the-door organizers can hold accessories such as jewelry, scarves, and hats, as well as undergarments and smaller handbags and wallets.

    Use your closet door for the things you wear and grab the most often. For 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.

With some planning and a little ingenuity, you can transform even the smallest closet into the closet of your dreams. Choosing the right containers and hangers can make all the difference.