You see it on HGTV all the time, someone looking at buying an older house only to complain about the small closets. Not everyone can have a spacious, luxury Real Housewives of Beverly Hills closet! What can you do to make the small closets in your existing home or the home you buy feel less crowded and cluttered? Here are a few tips that might help you enjoy your small closets more.
Whether you rent or own a house, having enough closet space can become an issue. It seems like the longer we live in a home, the fuller our closets get (guilty!). Shoes, backpacks, clothing, linens, and more, clog our closets to the point where they're nearly bursting at the seams. Let’s look at 4 tips that will help you make the most of your closets, no matter how big or small.
1. Empty Your Closets
2. Capsule Wardrobe
3. Storage Options
4. Custom Closet Storage
Empty Your Closets
Before organizing your closet, you need to empty it. That's right, everything out! It's shocking to see what I've pulled out of my closets. Sheets that I don't fit the beds, stuff my family gave me because, "We thought you would like to have this," shoes rarely worn, extra pillows that I never use, and clothes that I never wear. I know you can relate. So, declutter your closets by donating as much as possible and throwing away anything that's seen better days.
Consider trying a capsule wardrobe as you sort through the overabundance of clothes in your closet. A capsule wardrobe is a minimal amount of clothes that work together, enabling you to create many outfits from a few essential articles of clothing. Usually, 8-10 pieces of quality clothing are enough to make a capsule wardrobe and will allow you to quickly pull an outfit together and feel confident about yourself. No more stress about what you're going to wear, and your closets will be tidy.
Make the most of your closet space, no matter how big or small, with these storage options. Stackable shoe racks will utilize space under hanging clothes and make it easy to find your favorite footwear. A fabric, collapsible, hanging shoe rack takes up very little space in your closet but can hold up to 10 pairs of shoes. Instead of shoe storage, use the hanging rack for season wear like scarves, mittens, and hats.
Over-the-door storage systems are a great way to store more items in your closet. The one pictured below is made from mesh so shoes can breathe. A hanging storage system can be used outside of a closet door vs. hiding it on the inside. It's great for storing toys, small blankets, diapers, and more.
A small rolling cart is an easy way to store items and keep them organized in your closet. Whether you load the cart with shoes, seasonal items, or dog-walking items, you're sure to be able to find what you need quickly and easily. The one pictured below is made with plastic shelves making it easier to wipe down when necessary.
Clear, plastic storage bins can be placed on upper shelves to organize your closet further. Since the bins are see-through, you can easily find what you're looking for in a pinch. No more guessing where the catcher's mitt and baseball are.
Custom Closet Storage
If you're moving into a new house or want higher-quality closet storage in your existing home, hire a closet company. They will install custom shelving, drawers, and clothing rods to make the most of your closet space. Imagine having clothing rods hanging at various levels, cubbies for your shoes, drawers for your socks, and shelving for your bags. What a fantastic way to make the most of any closet in your home!