Look at the shelves and double closet rods that give this closet ample storage space. (photo by Virginia Allain)
You don’t have to be a shopaholic to want more closet space. Now’s the time to improve your closet storage capacity. You are tired of clothes being so jammed together that you can’t find what you want to wear. You find it annoying when clothes get wrinkled from being so crowded. If you find yourself thinking about moving to a house with bigger closets, it’s time to try these closet improvements.
Add Shelves If the Ceiling Is High
Even if you have to use a stepladder to reach things, high storage gives you space for out-of-season bedding or other items you don’t have to get out often. Consider wire shelving or wood shelving, depending on your budget. My husband installed 2 additional shelves above the ones the builder put in. The extra storage gives me space for boxed out-of-season clothes. I even have space to store personal items like boxes of family letters that I’m saving.
Get Special Hangers For Skirts and Slacks
Some hangers hold four or five skirts and take up a minimal amount of space. These are available in the laundry section of discount stores. I’m a big fan of tiered hangers that hold multiple pairs of slacks or a number of skirts. It’s easy to see what you have and they take up a lot less space than individual hangers.
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Get Some Compression Bags
I tried these after seeing the TV commercials. After you put the comforter or winter sweaters or extra pillows in the bag, use the vacuum to remove all the air. They do shrink down to use a lot less space. Some have come out now that don’t need a vacuum. You just roll them to press out the air. It really helps me store my extra pillows and comforters in a compact way in the closet. Otherwise, they are so bulky that they take up too much shelf space. These come in different sizes.
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Add More Closet Rods
Put a low closet rod and above it, a high closet rod. You’ll be able to hang twice as many clothes and eliminate wasted space. I keep one section for long things like formal dresses, but most of my clothing (shirts, slacks, shorts) can hang on a short rod. If you aren’t handy, you can get a rod that hooks onto another one, creating a double rod without any installation needed.
Put some Hooks on the Wall or Door of the Closet
Hang some things like a bathrobe or belts on these hooks. There are a variety of hooks that go over the door to make use of that space. Don’t let any space go to waste in your closet. Besides individual hooks, you will want to consider over-the-door hanging storage for shoes or purses.
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(An abbreviated version of this was first published on List My 5 by V. Allain)