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Storage Solutions : How to Maximize Closet Space

Written by; Tevin Pennington / TCCN Staff Writer
Added on: Wed Aug 26 2009


If you're going to have a small closet that's at all usable, you have to keep it organized. Fortunately, there are lots of things you can do to make the best use of the space in your closets. If you have a place where everything goes, you can keep clutter under control more easily.

Rotating your clothing according to "warm weather wear" and "cold weather wear" is critical for most people. Therefore you need to figure out where you have some extra space around the house that you can use to store your out of season clothing.

For example, you might have room under your bed for storage bins that slide under the bed may be a good option. If your bed is too low to the ground, consider buying risers to increase the space underneath.

One common mistake that people make is thinking that if they just buy enough storage bins, they can organize everything. The truth is, if you buy a bunch of storage bins, instead of your closet being cluttered with clothing and shoes and junk, your closet will just be cluttered with storage bins instead. Sometimes you have to face a harsh truth: you need to get rid of stuff you no longer use.

Consider the vertical space in your closet. If you have a house from the 30s, then you probably have very small closets. But! You probably also have 12 foot ceilings, which means your closet goes way up. You can install plenty of shelves up above where you hang your clothes.

If you don't have a lot of vertical space, you can at least put a shelf inside, above the door. If you can put in corner shelves, that's another organizational step. A hanging shoe rack on the back of the closet door can not only organize shoes, but also belts, gloves, socks, ties ...

The things that you rarely use, you can put on the highest shelves. If you only travel once or twice a year, you can put your suitcases up high. Or you can put holiday decorations up on high shelves. Even with 8 foot ceilings, there is likely to be lots of extra room in your closet if you'll just look upward.

And, as mentioned earlier, sometimes you just have to get rid of the stuff you no longer have use for. Take it to a local charity thrift shop or similar organization. They'll be glad to get it, and you can probably get a nice tax break.


Copyright: 2009

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