How to Maximize Space in Small Closets

I get asked all the time for “how-to” tips from clients. So for the next few weeks, I’m going to post some great how-to’s. If there’s anything YOU are wondering how to, send us an email and maybe you’ll see it on the blog!

This week, a few tips on maximizing minimal closet space.

1)   The first step in organizing a small closet is to go through and purge any items you no longer wear or use.
2)   Decide what items you use regularly (undergarments, work clothes, jeans, workout clothes), those you use occasionally (formal wear, bathing suits), and what you use seasonally—basically winter (sweaters, corduroy pants) versus summer wardrobe (shorts, sundresses).
3)   Items that are out of season can be stored either in bins on the highest shelf, at the back of the closet, or even elsewhere in a trunk or under the bed.  Infrequently used items should be pushed to one end of the bar; keep the space that’s most accessible for frequently used items.
4)   Group like things together—T-shirts, blouses, pants, skirts.  By hanging shorter items together closetyou will create space on the floor below or maybe even room for a second lower bar to be installed.
5)   You can put a set of drawers on the floor of the closet to store things that do not require hanging.
6)   Do the non-wardrobe items in your closet truly belong there? Or is there a better place for them- with other similar items?  These items should be sorted and stored in labelled baskets, bins, or boxes on the shelf, with items you use more frequently closer at hand.
7)   Don’t forget to use the space on the back of the closet door and side walls to hang hooks or pocketed organizers, which are great for shoes, scarves, mittens, accessories, and smaller items.
8)   You may also want to consider purchasing organizers which hang off the closet bar and are great for shoes and sweaters, but not heavier items. Closet organizers can be found at discount department stores or home ware stores in the laundry or closet section.

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About Organize Anything

Colette is a Gold Leaf member of the Professional Organizers in Canada (POC). Through the Canadian Redesign Association (CRDA) she has received the designation of Certified Interior Redesigner. She is also a member of the U.S. professional organizing associations National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) where she has the Golden Circle distinction and is a member of Intsitute of Challenging Disorganization (ICD) where she is the first in Canada to receive her Certified Professional Organizer –CD (Chronic Disorganization) ®, ADD and CD specialist Certificates. Among her many distinctions she has also earned Level I certificates of study in Chronic disorganization (CD), Basic Mental Health Conditions, Learning Styles and Modalities, Basic ADD Issues, Physical Conditions, Client Administration and Understanding the Needs of Elderly.

Posted on February 3, 2015, in Home, Lifestyle, Staging and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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