Closet space. Few of us are truly happy with the amount of storage we have available to us, so we need to really optimize the options we do have. Let me share some tips on how to make the most out of your closet space, whatever the size.
Getting the Most Out of Your Closet Space Tip 1: De-clutter
There's no use organizing and storing things you won't use, so use the sorting process I discussed in my last blog to pare down what you have and be ready to tackle what's left.
Getting the Most Out of Your Closet SpaceTip 2: Make it Visually Appealing
This one is easier than it seems. Start by coordinating your storage. Use all the same hangers. It not only looks nicer but it takes up less closet space. The same goes for storage boxes; they are way more visually appealing if they are identical, and they stack SO much more easily. Also, think about grouping your hanging clothing by color and/or season. What it boils down to, is that the nicer it looks, the more likely you are to keep it up, putting things back where they belong and holding onto that "Yeah, I've got it all together" look for longer.
Getting the Most Out of Your Closet Space Tip 3: Think Vertically
Most closets are packed horizontally, with room for hanging space and a shelf above. But think of all the closet space that is feeling ignored! Add a shelf or two above the shelf already installed in your closet all the way to the ceiling.
Is it hard to get to? Yep! So stow things you use rarely don't need to get to all that often (Christmas decorations, ski jackets, etc.). It will SO be worth getting a chair to get those things down if it means having them out of your way the other 51 weeks out of the year.
Don't forget down below your hanging items as well! Can you add a shoe rack or even a few stacked boxes? This is a great way to maximize the closet space you've got.
Getting the Most Out of Your Closet Space Tip 4: Get Creative With Odd Spaces
The space behind your door (if you have a walk-in) has loads of potential for storing slim items. Put up hooks for hanging scarves, ties, necklaces or even umbrellas. Or, consider using an over the door organizer for shoes, socks and more. Basically, any closet space that is a bare wall can be transformed into a station to organize something!
Getting the Most Out of Your Closet Space Tip 5: Re-Evaluate Your Closet Doors
If, like me, you don't have the luxury of a walk-in closet and are super stretched for space in the room adjoining your closet, consider ditching the doors altogether. You can replace both sliding or bi-fold doors with a nice curtain hung just inside the door opening. This alleviates wasted floor space used up by the swing of the door(s) and allows you to see your whole closet space at once without the "dead spots" created by sliding doors.
As you can imagine, these are only a few of the ways to organize your closet space(s). Pick and choose which ones apply to you and your closet capabilities. Apply them and you are well on your way to getting the most out of your closet! Psst, there's also no shame in sharing this with your friends and family who need a nod in the right direction!