Small space for a closet? here are some ideas to help.

Organization 101:
The first step at organizing your closet is to take inventory of what you have and discard what you don’t need. If you haven’t worn that shirt in over a year, it’s time to part with it. You should also sort your clothes by season. Move the items you won’t need until next summer into storage bins and place them in an alternate location like a spare room closet or the basement or attic.

Once you have narrowed down the items you need at hand, determine the elements you will need in your closet to house them. Some basic closet organization systems include hanging rods, shelves and baskets or drawers.

What to Hang:
Determine the perfect height for the main rod of your closet for longer items such as coats and dresses. Insert a double rod on one half of the closet to give you two levels of hanging: shirts on the top half and trousers on the bottom. Also use hangers for scarves, ties, purses, belts, etc.

When to Shelve:
Place bulkier items such as sweaters, jeans, sweatshirts, and even shoes on shelves. Consider using stacking sorters or expanders to double your space. For typical reach-in closets, opt for a hanging shelf unit to hang over the rod.

The Floor is Still Open:
Place baskets and containers on the floor to hold purses, socks, shoes, and more. Organize your clothing into separate baskets for the laundry, the dry-cleaner and the tailor.

Don’t Forget About the Door:
Not only can the door be used for extra storage such as a shoe rack or hooks for hats and belts, the type of door you have on your closet may also open up some more closet space.

  • Accordion doors allow you to see the full width of the closet and can be hung from ceiling to floor for better access to higher shelving. 
  • Hinged doors allow you to mount storage items on the inside for extra space, but also open out into the room so be mindful of how close your furniture is to the door swing.
  • Sliding doors do not create any obstruction in the room but only one-half of your closet will be accessible once you slide the door open.

Additional tips for easy organization:

  • Use a color system in your closet to group your clothes; or group by use such as work clothes vs. play clothes.Remove dry-cleaning plastic before putting in the closet to air out clothes and eliminate closet crowding.
  • Choose clear storage bins so you can quickly identify the items you need. And labeling bins can be helpful as well.

While cleaning your closet may seem like a monumental task at times, applying just some of the tips above will get you on the road to space-saving organization in no time.

Happy Organizing,

 

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