If fashion is your passion, you will never be able to resist a bargain, and shopping is your greatest hobby, you’ll know how difficult it can be to keep a small closet. You’ve likely experienced it at least once: trying to fit three sweaters onto one hanger, putting clothes that don’t get worn as often in bins under your bed, and so on. Your closet refuses to accommodate all of your clothes, no matter how many times you try.
Unfortunately, our closet sizes are often not something we can control. We don’t all have the luxury of home remodeling. This means that we are often forced to make the best of our small closets.
What can a resourceful, enterprising girl do? There are always options, no matter how small or large your closet. There are many ways to organize your closet to have the most space possible and your favorite pieces. There are other ways to arrange your stuff to make your closet appear smaller than it is. This can lead to you feeling claustrophobic, cramped and miserable.
We want to help you avoid the pitfalls of your closet situation. Here are some of our top tips for organizing small closets. These tips and tricks will help you get the most from your space and feel organized and confident.
Organization Is Key
Are you organized and well-organized? If so, congratulations! You are already one step closer to a larger and more functional closet. You don’t have to be worried if you don’t. This doesn’t mean you have to be a perfectionist overnight. One of the keys to making your space functional is organization. This is why it’s important to train yourself to organize better and clean slowly.
It is not enough to say that you must be organized. It’s another to learn how to organize if this is not your instinct. These are some tips to help you become more comfortable with the organization.
Make it a daily habit.
Making a habit of practicing is the best way to learn any new skill. The same holds for organizations. Make it a part of your daily routine, wherever it is most natural. Perhaps you clean out your closet every morning before heading off to work. Perhaps it is more practical to do it every night before going to bed. It might be worth trying it daily, before or after your shower.
Do whatever you feel is most efficient for you.
Don’t be afraid to mess up.
It isn’t easy to learn a new habit. You will eventually make mistakes and lose ground. That’s okay. It happens to everyone. It is important not to give up because you made a mistake. You will likely wake up now and again to discover that you haven’t put your stuff away in a week. It’s easy to say, “I already messed it up.” Why bother trying again?
Keep trying and resist this kind of thinking. It will become a routine before you know it. You won’t even have to think about it.
Give a home for everything.
It is much easier to organize things if there is a place for them all. It can be fun to put everything back, so long as you have the right place. It can be frustrating to find “home” on a shelf with 30 other items. It is worth taking the time to find a place that will be comfortable for all your belongings.
Let Yourself Experiment
Everybody is wired differently. This means that what works well for one person may not work for another. You might feel like a failure because all your friends give you tips on staying organized, but they don’t work for you. You don’t have to feel guilty about looking for new advice and tips. You can try new methods until you find the one that works best for you. Don’t be discouraged if you don’t like the traditional methods.
Tips to Organize Your Small Closet
These tricks can be used in any size closet, even if it’s a small one. This list will help you clear out a bit of space in your closet.
To double your hanging space, add an extender rod.
Are you having too many clothes hanging and not enough space to hang them from the bars? This is a simple fix, as long as you have enough vertical space in your closet. You need to buy an additional extender bar and hook it from the regular bar. Voila! You will have twice as much space for hanging clothes. An extender rod, which is half the length of the original rod, can be used if you are concerned about how much space it takes up.
Invest in a Rolling Clothing Rack
You may have too many clothes hanging around to fit in your closet. It happens. We recommend looking through your clothes and deciding if you are willing to part with any. You may also want to invest in a portable rack to store your clothes if you have too many items to keep in your closet. It can be stored in your bedroom or anywhere else in your home or apartment. You can hang extra clothes from your closet here.
You don’t want the rack to look out of place or cluttered in your bedroom or living room. Instead, treat it as an addition to your decor. It might be possible to coordinate the colors on the rack with the rest of your room or add a splash of color to a neutral space. It might be a great idea to drape a scarf or purse over it. These racks can be integrated naturally into your space in many ways.
Shelf Dividers Make Your Shelves More Organized
Remember how we suggested that you provide a place for everything, so that no matter how small or large your clothes are, they have a home. Here’s a practical way to achieve that. You can buy shelf dividers online, at your local department store or home goods shop, and then put a few on your closet shelves. These dividers will help you break down your shelves into smaller units that can be used for storage.
You can make it easier for people to find individual items by dividing your shelves into smaller compartments. To prevent clothes from falling into each other, you might place a stack of folded clothes in each space. This is a great way to make large purses stand up. Think of all the things you could store inside these dividers.
Baskets with Under-the Shelf Capacity Create More Space
Although shelves are useful for storage, the space below them is dead space. Well, not quite. You can buy under-shelf storage containers. These baskets hook onto shelves and create similar storage space to a drawer. These baskets are perfect for small items like shoes, purses, or scarves that might otherwise be scattered around the house without a home. You might even be able to store clothes inside, depending on the size of your basket.
As many hooks as you can
Hooks will be your best friend if you have limited storage space. These hooks are versatile and can be used for hanging everything from coats and sweaters to scarves, purses, and much more. To hang your shoes on hooks, you can tie your shoelaces together. There are so many options.
While over-the-door hooks can be a good place to start, they are not the only way to add hooks to your closet. You can add hooks to any space you have on the wall. Your closet will be cleaner the more space you have.
Make use of the space above the door.
Turn around and face the door. Is there dead space? While this strategy may not work for wardrobe-style closets, it is usually possible to use it with walk-in closets. This wall space can be used in many ways.
Perhaps you could install shelves there. To access the shelves, you’ll need to move a chair there. However, this makes them great storage for seasonal items and other things you don’t use often. There might be additional hooks. You might also consider adding hooks to the top of your door for hanging luggage. We recommend that you don’t store items you don’t often use in this area.
The inside of the closet door can be used.
Over-the-door hooks were already mentioned. This is a great way to make use of this space. But it’s not the only option. Hang extra hanger rods along the back side of your door. You can also use them to store shoes, purses, and many other items. You might also be able to mount baskets or storage units on the back of your front door. Try different options to find the one that works for you.
Shoe Rack: Make an investment
A shoe rack can take up quite a bit of space. The tradeoff is that you can stack your shoes in layers rather than having them spread across the floor. You can store additional items on the top layer of the shoe rack if you don’t own many shoes.