The basic truth is, If you’re discouraged by a small closet that you have in the house for your clothing, their is always a way to work
around it.: There are plenty of ways to make your space more streamlined and organized—and even make it seem bigger. With the right organizing products, a few decorating tricks, and a little patience, you might find that tiny closet is actually just right. (Major bonus: these ideas won’t cost a fortune.) Here, three experts open the doors.
Women may benefit the most from these tips, but men might learn a thing or two.
- Use ALL available space, but keep it organized.
- Keep out-of-season (winter/summer) clothes out of the way.
- You’re more likely to wear something if you can see it.
- Keep 1-2 hooks empty for quick-n-dirty clean up.
- Don’t forget the backs of deep shelves, and high-up places.
- Try installing a second closet rod above your main one. This basically doubles your hanging space. Buy a stool (my preference) or a reaching rodfor access.
- Matching hangers makes everything look so nice.
- Cascading hooks are bloody genius and work with almost any hanger. Use two at a time!
- You can get a tiered hanger for skirts. Mine is over 30 years old and still going strong.
- I have yet to find the perfect single skirt hanger commercially available, but it must have spring-clips and smooth rubber grips. The Joy Mangano clips suck–don’t waste your money.
- Fold all knit items to prevent hanger bumps. That includes sweaters, most t-shirts, and some blouses.
- Got deep shelves? Fold clothes appropriately. If you still have space behind your folded clothes (i.e. really deep shelves) store your out-of-season sandals/sweaters back there.
- If you are using a dresser or other drawers, stack clothes vertically rather than horizontally.
- For open shelving, be sure not to stack so high that it tumbles.
- Feel free to use extra shelving in already existing shelves.
Shoes and Boots
- Use an over-the-door shoe organizer—I like these better than hang-in-the-closet versions because hanging space is so valuable. Ideally, look for ones where you can put both shoes in one slot.
- Small cheap bookshelves are great for boots. Check your local Craigslist for cheapies.
- Some people love keeping their original shoe boxes, but this violates.