Closet space is typically at a premium and these solutions were designed to help you to create more storage space in your closet. They are easy to install, budget-friendly and will help you gain control over your wardrobe. The right closet storage system will instantly save you time and money.
Here are the 6 essential upgrades to create more storage space in your clothes closet.
1. Double Hangs
Clothes closet organization is all about utilizing and maximizing space, and nothing maximizes space in an organized clothes closet as effectively as a double hang.
To install, bump your current rod up, and decide how much room you need on your floor below your clothes (consider moving shoes and hampers outside of your closet—do you really want your clothes smelling like your gym sneakers?). Measure the clothes you plan to hang on the double rod and install to that height. Now you have twice the amount of closet storage space!
2. Valet Hooks
This little trick is a key part of my morning time management. I have to be up and at ‘em fairly early each day (pre-6am!), I hang my outfit for the next day on a valet hook the night before. On the weekends I hang my gym clothes so when I’m out the door to hit the streets in search of coffee and a newspaper, I’m already dressed for the gym and really have no excuse to not go.
Valet hooks are also useful to hang dry cleaning, belts and scarves.
I prefer Command Hooks because of their versatility, ease of use and they don't leave a mark on your wall or door.
Suits, blazers, dresses and shirts each have a different type of hanger associated with them, which can become overwhelming and costly. Keep things simple with a good basic wooden hanger (try the basic Hardwood Hangers at the Container Store).
This is important for two reasons:
- Visually, matching hangers instantly give your closet a more serene, organized look, which in turn will be a visual cue for you to keep it that way.
- Hangers give shape and structure to your clothes. Men's should be wider than women's to accommodate their (typically) wider shoulders.
TIP: If you're registering for housewarming or wedding, request hangers. A couple packs of good hangers makes a nice shower gift.
Shelf divides really help organizing that limited shelf space. They make folding and stacking your shirts, sweaters and jeans easier and frankly, it just looks a lot neater. Doubly so for a shared closet.
Once again, make sure you measure your clothes before installing dividers. They come in several different sizes and colors. Use the Guide to Shelf Dividers.
These closet storage staples are just so versatile. They can fit nearly every item in your closet, see-though means you can quickly assess what's lurking inside, and they can be labeled and marked. Added bonus, they will protect your clothing items from the elements in a basement or any other drafty area in your home.
TIP: Remove all contents and give them a quick cleaning once a year or when you swap out your Winter/Summer wardrobes. Make sure they are completely dry before storing your clothes.
6. Baskets & Bins for Storage
Baskets are a life-saver for hard-to-reach shelves and a great way to group and store less-wrinkly clothing and accessories. Think about these possibilities:
- Tights Bin
- Belts Bin
- Gym clothes bin
- Winter sweaters bin
- Scarves bin
- Handbags bin
The most useful addition I've made to a closet is a set of baskets for undershirts (men) and camisoles (women). When you pull out a slightly see-through button down, too-low-cut-for-work wrap dress, or sheer sweater, you can easily find the appropriate under garment.
Once again, make sure everything has its place. Using bins makes this much easier!