An overstuffed closet is a total downer. Not only is it challenging to see what you have, but it adds extra stress to accessing your outfit essentials. Today, we’re sharing eight go-to strategies for maximizing space in any closet.
1 – ADJUST OR ADD SHELVES
Often times, people don’t even realize that shelves are adjustable! Seems like a no-brainer, but it may require taking everything out and a little trial and error. Make sure to adjust shelves to fit your items comfortably. Consider installing or ordering additional shelves to maximize space.
2 – SWITCH UP YOUR HANGERS
Matching hangers will give your wardrobe a neat, calming look and feel while saving space and maintaining their shape. When clothes hang at the same height, the uniformity allows you to see every piece of clothing easily. We tend to suggest slimline felt hangers because they save space and prevent clothing from slipping off and falling on the floor. Also, make sure that you have an adequate number of hangers for your clothing, and have enough hangers with clips to store your skirts.
3 – ADD SHELF DIVIDERS OR RISERS
To maximize the space on your shelves, we recommend using the following tools:
- Shelf dividers – These acrylic dividers are great for designating specific landing zones for clothing and accessories. They also prevent neatly stacked piles of jeans or sweaters from toppling over while giving a home to each category.
- Shelf risers – This is our go-to solution for doubling up on shoe, clutch, purse, sweater, or accessory box storage.
6 – CONTAIN YOUR ACCESSORIES
Using bins or baskets to store small items such as accessories, clothing repair kits, winter hats and gloves, and extra items is a great way to make the most out of above head storage. We especially like these transparent boxes or these rattan baskets. Just make sure to label the outside of any box to remind you where everything is stored.
4 – SEE AND STORE YOUR SHOES
When it comes to your shoe collection, it’s key to prioritize two things: 1) identifying every pair easily 2) accessing each pair quickly. In order to nail both of these priorities, we recommend the following :
- Shoe rack or shoe shelf — we prefer this option for storing shoes solo. This means no shoe boxes because it allows you to see and access what you have quickly.
- Transparent shoe boxes — this is another option if you’d like to stack shoes or don’t have space for a shoe rack or shelf. We always recommend the transparent box because it allows you to see its contents. PRO TIP – take a picture of the shoe inside and tape it to the shoe box if box you must. This will make your closet look oh-so-fancy.
7 – ADD HOOKS or WALL ORGANIZERS
8 – ADD DRAWERS
If you’re short on folding space for your ‘folding friendly’ clothing, add drawers. We love the easy install options from Elfa like the one featured above. This solution is great for sweaters, undergarments, socks, workout clothes, pajamas, t-shirts, and tank tops. PRO TIP – Make sure to file fold your clothing to make the most out of your drawer space.