How to Get the Most Out of Your Closet Storage

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To get the most out of your closet space, think vertically.:

Shelf Dividers

To get the most out of your closet space, think vertically. One simple way to do that is to utilize shelf dividers. If you have a classic small closet (like myself), you’re probably working with just one rod and one top shelf.

That top shelf typically becomes lost space because you throw some shoes or sweaters up there and call it a day, but by using shelf dividers you can create space that can be used vertically. Use dividers and stack folded clothes or shoe boxes without worrying about them tipping over. 

I recommend acrylic dividers because they do not have perforations like wire ones, and therefore keep items more secure.

Check out this one from Stacks and Stacks. Made from sturdy acrylic, these dividers are easy to install, do not require hardware and fit on any shelf measuring up to 3/4 inch thick.

Hanging Organizers

The possibilities are limitless with hanging organizers. There are lots of different styles to help get your closet space in order, including: belt organizers, scarf or tie organizers, shelves, bins, shoe pockets, hanging jewelry organizers and more. Out of the whole lot, I cannot live without a scarf hanger and hanging shelves.

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Scarf hangers are very versatile and can be used to corral scarves, belts, ties, layering pieces like camisoles and more.

This 10 hook organizer is my favorite because all of the hooks are parallel, never on top of each other, so you never have to remove other pieces or search under them to get to the item you want. A rubber coating keeps items from falling to the floor, too. And at just $4, you can’t beat the price. 

I also love using hanging shelves/cubbies. Again, thinking vertically will transform so much dead space in your closet into usable storage. This five shelf hanging organizer lets me organize simple pieces without over crowding the closet. I used to hang each camisole and t shirt, but now I can keep them nicely folded and still accessible.

Over the Door Organizers

Last on the list of must-have closet organizers is over the door storage pieces — especially for shoe storage. Leave the bottom of your closet open and use over the door organizers instead. The standard vertical pocket shoe organizers you see everywhere really don’t work as well as you’d like, that’s why I tend to opt for something with larger, horizontal pockets like this closet door organizer.

This organizers fits great on the inside of your closet door and holds up to 26 pairs. I also like to stick hats, handbags, stockings and other accessories in the pockets. Three top hooks keep it secure over any door measuring up to 1 3/4 inches thick.

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Maximize your wardrobe with a clothes drying rack

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I’ll admit, it may seem strange to add a drying rack to your closet, but if you struggle with limited space, hear me out. I have lived in rentals of all sizes and I have had to get creative with my clothes storage more than once. One of the more convenient ideas that I had during my time as a seasoned renter was the clothes drying rack. There was one bedroom in particular that had no closet whatsoever. I had a small dresser for the basics, but there are a few pieces that just had to be hung up. I kept them in the laundry room for a short period, but it was too inconvenient in the mornings when I got dressed. Then it dawned on me — why not move that rack to my bedroom?

So I did some searching and I found a tension rod style drying rack that was perfect. This slim design fit perfectly in a corner of my bedroom, allowing me tons of vertical space without cluttering up treasured floor space.

The unique style features multiple arms that can be swung around and pointed in any direction. Tucked in the corner, I would turn them all in towards the wall and only swing them out when I was searching for something. This not only allowed me space, but let me keep it flush with the wall so it didn’t jut out into the room.

I bring this idea up because I recently moved into a smaller home. It has all the features I love, but I compromised a little on storage. I knew going in that was something I could work on. Once again, it proves how important maintaining proper organization is. By cutting down my wardrobe (how often do you really wear that those leather pants) and utilizing organizers in creative ways, I can enjoy the things I love about my smaller home.

This rack would work wonders in any tight space: small closets, laundry rooms (of course) and like I said, the bedroom.

If you’re troubled by a clutter, organization or storage issue, try to think outside of the box and around the house.

 

 

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