Who decided that the “standard” closet should have just a high shelf and a single bar? That’s it. How is anyone supposed to make that space functional?
I mean, look at all that wasted space! Where am I supposed to put my socks, anyway?
If your closet looks like this, and you want to make more efficient use of the space without spending a ton of money, here’s how.
These closet updates included reusing the existing shelf and bar, and adding some new pieces from Ikea for about $350.
If you’re on a tighter budget, keep in mind that you can repurpose furniture you already have, like a dresser. Also keep an eye out at thrift stores for bargain buys you can fix up.
Once you’ve created your dream closet, pick up your FREE Clutter Control Checklist from Home Deconomics to help you maintain the beautiful order.
Closet Organizing Tips to Make Best Use of the Space
1. Install Shelves for Folded Items and Shoes
A closet must have shelves.
Narrow cubby-style shelves are great for storing bulky folded items, such as sweaters and jeans. They’re also a great place to put baskets and bins, to store small things like bathing suits, purses, or scarves.
Shelves also create a very efficient space to store shoes. You can mount them close together, like the shelves above the drawers, or create more room for boots, like the ones on the right.
You can still use that original top shelf. It’s a great place to store luggage and other pieces that aren’t used often. Pro Tip: Don’t put the top shelf up too high, or you won’t be able to use it. The wall in front will get in the way of larger items. Plus it’s harder to reach.
2. Hang Bars at Multiple Levels
Hanging clothes helps to prevent wrinkles, so I try to hang as many of my clothes as possible. Even if you live in t-shirts, hanging them will keep you from looking rumpled.
Make the best use of your closet space by having bars at multiple levels.
You can reuse the original hanging rod, by just cutting it into more pieces. With brackets purchased at the local home improvement store, it’s easy to hang the bars where ever you want them.
This eliminates wasted space below shorter items that were previously limited to a single row. Here, shirts are on the top, with skirts underneath. Longer items like dresses hang in the taller space on the other side.
3. Use Drawers for Folded Clothes and Undergarments
Drawers are great for storing under garments, folded t-shirts, shorts, and athletic wear.
Pro Tip: Make sure you can open the drawers when the closet doors are in place. That’s why these are tall and narrow.
Smaller items such as camisoles store well rolled up. I like to store my t-shirts on end. Held in place by bookends, this makes it easier to see what items I have, without digging through a pile.
You can just move a dresser into your closet, if you have one around. It makes more room in your bedroom, and keeps all of your clothes within handy reach.
4. Add Hooks for Displaying and Storing Accessories
Accessories are often overlooked in closet design, but they need a home, too.
Hooks are super handy for storing belts, scarves, hats, ties, and even purses. This is a rack normally used for cups, repurposed for accessories.
If you want more tips about dealing with these hard to store items, you can get a whole list of clever organizing ideas about How to Organize Your Fashion Accessories.
5. Implement Sorting Methods to Make Things Easy to Find
By adding shelves, bars, and drawers, each type of clothing now has its own place. Shirts, skirts, dresses, jeans, sweaters, t-shirts, and shoes all have their own designated part of the closet. Items of the same type get stored in the same place.
By keeping like items together, you know right where to go to find what you want.
You may also try sorting by color. This isn’t necessary, but it makes it easier for some people to coordinate outfits. It takes more work to maintain, though. Don’t be too hard on yourself if you try it and it doesn’t work for you.
And if you’re looking for more tips on how to makeover a room on a budget, be sure to read our 5 Easy & Inexpensive Decorating Ideas. It’s packed with inspiration for projects anyone can do.
Keep Yourself Organized
Now that you have created a beautiful closet space, download your FREE Clutter Control Checklist from Home Deconomics to help you keep the new order you’re created.
The checklist has daily, weekly, monthly, and even yearly reminders for tasks that will help you win the battle with clutter.
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