12 Easy Tips To Maximize Closet Space
An almost universal truth is closets are never as big as we’d like them to be. But don’t fret if you don’t have the big closet of your dreams (yet)! Just read on for 12 of my favourite easy, affordable ways to organize and make use of every inch of the closet space you do have.
12 Ways To Maximize Your Closet Space
Before we get to how to maximize your closet space, remember to tackle a closet project right after laundry day. You don’t want to organize your closet then realize you don’t have room for items that were in the wash!
Now to the tips!
1) Only Keep Clothes & Accessories You Love & Feel Good Wearing
Don’t take up precious closet space with items that aren’t in good condition, don’t fit, don’t reflect your current style, you aren’t comfortable in or you just don’t wear. Only keeping items you love, feel good in, and that reflect who you are right now makes going into your closet easy and enjoyable every time.
Questions To Ask When Decluttering Clothes
Having said this, I know decluttering clothes can be HARD. If letting go is difficult for you, ask yourself these questions:
- If I were shopping right now, would I buy this?;
- Do I feel good in this? Pay attention to fit and comfort (Is it itchy? Does it wrinkle easily? Has it stretched out? Do I like the fabric? etc.);
- Would I be happy wearing this for the rest of the day?;
- Have I worn this in the last 6-12 months? If you haven’t, it probably isn’t for you anymore.
If the answer to any of these questions is no, seriously consider letting the clothing go.
When In Doubt, Wear The Item
If you’re still having trouble making a call on some items, Melissa at simplelionheartlife.com suggests wearing those items in the next few days or weeks to see how they feel. As she points out, often we keep things we rarely wear because we WANT them to work for us, but they just don’t.
2) Keep “Like With Like”
Sort your clothes into “like with like” categories. This can be by colour, season, length of sleeve, work vs. casual etc. Decide what makes sense to you and go with it.
3) Use Thin Velvet Or Valour Hangers
This simple switch will save space in your closet and prevent clothes from falling off the hanger. If you don’t want to use velvet hangers, use uniform ones to reduce visual clutter in your closet.
4) Use Pant Hangers
5) Hang All Long Items Together
All pants, next to all dresses, next to all long cardigans etc. Keeping these categories next to one another maximizes the available floor space below your shorter hanging tops items.
6) Add Storage Under Your Clothes
This brings me to my next tip, add storage under your clothes. Place a small dresser, shoe rack, or bookshelf (to house shoes, purses, accessories, folded clothing) to create more storage.
7) Add a Double Hanging Rod
If you need more hanging space, add a double hanging rod in the space below your shorter items. This one from Walmart is $12.97 (Cdn) and is adjustable in height and width.
8) Contain Items On Shelves
Use baskets, shelf dividers, boxes, or DIY your own like I did with my FabFitFun boxes pictured. Containing keeps like items together and separate from other types of items. It also saves you from frequent reorganizing, refolding and restacking.
9) Add A Shelf
If you have space between the clothing rail/shelf and the ceiling, add a shelf to store out of season clothing or rarely worn accessories. You can also add a shelf above the door frame.
10) Store Shoes Heel To Toe
It saves space and allows you to see the heel height and toe detail of all your shoes in a quick glance.
11) Use The Back Of The Closet Door
There are so many great over the door storage options, including simple hooks, hanging shoe pockets (for shoes, scarves, jewellery, socks, undergarments, t-shirts), hanging shoe racks and hanging shelves.
12) Use All Available Wall Space
The small sidewall area is often overlooked but offers great vertical storage space. Just attach a wall hook (or two or three) and you’ve got storage for belts, ties, jewelry, tank tops etc.
Maximize your closet space with these 12 easy space saving tips. Not only will your closet seem bigger, having everything organized and streamlined, will make getting ready faster, easier and more enjoyable too!
If you want to tackle your dresser too, click here for my favourite affordable dresser organization essentials.
What’s your favourite closet space-saving tip? Let me know in the comments below.