5 Storage Tips for Homeowners with Cramped Closets


When looking for a new home, storage and closet space is often of the most important things on the homeowner’s mind. Therefore, if your home suffers from a dearth of closet space, this can quickly become a source of annoyance as time passes. However, there’s no need to make the most of your situation, and do something about your lack of room. For homeowners with cramped closets, the following tips can help you achieve effective storage and maximize your closet space:

  1. Add More Space. If you’ve completely exhausted your clothes racks and drawers with items, then one possible option is to create more storage space on your own. For example, organizers and hanging baskets are valuable options to make use of any unused vertical openings. In addition, storage bins are a great way to pack items away, as well as make use of unused floor space. Another storage tip is to keep clothes stacked in small piles in drawers, instead of hanging them on racks. Doing so will fill up more vertical space, allowing you to use them for heavier coats and articles of clothing.
  2. Install Shelving. Do you have empty walls that are simply serving as dead space? If so, then you may want to make use of the space by installing shelving.  Shelving are great for items that cannot be easily hung on racks, such as shoes or towels, and can get them out of your way. When assessing the layout of your closet, determine the height and width to see whether you can add multiple shelves. Make sure that you leave enough space between shelves, lest you end up with inadequate shelving.

  3. Practice Organization. One reason why your closet may feel cramped is due to the lack of method to the madness – instead of orderly placing items away, perhaps you have a tendency to just pile everything into the closet. However, disorganized messes are more likely to take up more precious space, leaving you with little to work with. Therefore, try to instill organization when storing clothes and other items away. For example, place similar objects together according to size and color, so you can find items quicker and easier.
  4. Remove Unwanted Items. If you tend to collect items or have a bit of a packrat mentality, then you may want to spend some time going through your closet. These items may be taking up valuable space, making it more difficult to utilize your closet to its full potential. Look for clothes or accessories that you haven’t worn in several months or years, and put them in a separate pile. You can either place these items in more permanent storage, or donate them to a charity organization.
  5. Explore Beyond the Closet. If your closet space is simply not enough for you, then you may have to look for storage alternatives. Luckily, there are a variety of ways in which you can store your items throughout your home. Look for whether you have any unused cabinets or drawers that are waiting to be used. You can also invest in furniture that also doubles as storage space, such as coffee tables or beds with pull-away drawers. Don’t feel as though you’re limited to simply your closet, not when your home provides endless potential for storage.
Christine Cooney is a writer at TheHouseDesigners.com, writing articles on DIY and home plans online on The House Designers blog. She loves learning about architecture, home décor and design.

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