How to Maximize Your Small Closet

Shoes in ClosetSpring is here, we're all hanging out at home right now, and a lot of people may be using this time to get a jump on spring cleaning. But does that mean that you have to throw everything out? If you have a tiny closet, it can be frustrating to make space for all your favorite things--but it doesn't have to be. We have a few ideas on how to make the most of your small space:

1. Track Out.
Track shelving is common in pantries and bathrooms, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t use it to your advantage in other spaces, too. User-friendly and customizable, you can create a space that works for you--which is key to making the most of a small space.

2. Rise Up.
The floor can quickly become the largest shelf in your house if you let it. Instead, use containers that maximize vertical space--stacking drawers, stacking shelves, and garment racks are all helpful. You can also add a handy extra closet rod to your closet and double-stack your hanging items (which is great if most of your items are short hanging). If you are short in stature, store a small step stool to help you reach the items stored higher up.

3. Hang Out.
Hanging accessories is a good way to get them off the floor. Your solution doesn’t have to be fancy--you can use hangers or even shower hooks to hang up hats, scarves, purses, and belts and keep them together and organized. As a bonus, it also keeps these items from becoming wrinkled or misshapen.

4. Basket Case.
Canvas totes and wicker baskets can be used for storage and to keep things looking neat and streamlined. Storage baskets can also be stacked and shelved, and used for a variety of things--shoes, jewelry, accessories, workout clothes, and more. And since they’re in the bins, you can store a lot of things without worrying about looking cluttered and messy.

5. Shoe-In.
Storing shoes can be a nightmare, especially when your collection becomes extensive. If you don’t want to throw them in a basket, you can also use shelves or cubbies to organize them--and you can fit a lot more into a tiny space if you arrange them so that each shoe faces the opposite direction, toe to heel.

6. Send Rarely Worn Items to Storage.
It is okay to rotate your wardrobe items in and out by season--there is nothing that says you have to keep those Christmas sweaters in your closet during July. Plastic storage containers can fit just about anything you can think of, and they’re available in both clear varieties (so that you easily see what’s inside) and a bunch of fun colors. These containers will also protect your clothing from the elements better than cardboard, so you don’t have to worry about any damage from damp or drafty areas. 

7. Mistaken Identity.
While you should label the totes and containers when you rotate your winter and summer wardrobes, you can also label shelves and cubbies in your closet space, as well. A little labeling makes things easier to find, ensuring that there’s a space for everything, and everything ends up in its space. This can also be helpful for the baskets and canvas totes, where the contents may not be as easy to see.

8. A-door-able.
When you have a small space, you need to make the most of everything you have available--even the door. You can utilize the back of the door for storage by using a hanging shoe rack or installing towel bars inside the door to maximize storage space. You can add curtain rings to the towel bars to store small, loose items like jewelry, or use them to hang scarves, belts, and other accessories.

These are just a few things to get you started. The key to making the most of your small closet is to keep things organized and maximize the space you have available--don’t let valuable space go to waste!

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