You dream of waking up and picking out that day’s outfit from a roomy walk-in closet. It’s well-lit and comfortable, almost like you’re hanging out in a fashionable boutique.
That’s the dream. The reality is that you keep your clothes in a cozy little wall closet. These closets may not be as generous as a walk-in, but they can still fill a functional need.
Let’s hear what closet designers have to say about organizing and maximizing your wall closet space.
Clothing too tight? Time to go
Closet designers say that a quick way to free up space is to get rid of clothing that you no longer wear or haven’t used in at least a year.
After that, zero in on pieces that are too tight, author and professional organizer Julie Morgenstern tells Real Simple.
“People think hanging on to smaller sizes will inspire them to lose weight, but you can only wear the size that fits you right now,” she says. “You never change overnight.”
If you plan on dieting, store your tighter clothing somewhere else and put them back after you hit your goal. It might make your victory even sweeter.
Closets within closets
Organize your space by installing closet cabinets. Think of them as little closets within your closet. These little cubbies are perfect for storing shoes, folded shirts or accessories.
Don’t forget your floor space
“If you have lots of long-hanging clothes, the whole bottom of the closet can become a no man’s land,” Morgenstern says.
But it doesn’t have to be that way. Free up space by keeping short-hanging pieces on one side of the closet and long-hanging articles of clothing on the other. You can use that new open space for a little dresser or a shoe rack.
The illusion of added space
We’ve argued before that walk-in closets need a lot of light, and good closet designers will tell you the same holds true for wall closets. Just adding more light can make a small closet feel larger.
There are other ways to create the illusion of having a bigger closet, including hanging mirrors on the door, or painting the interior a lighter shade. Brighter colors give the impression that your tiny closet is more open and spacious.
Get rid of clutter
In a small closet, every bit of space counts. After you clear out unwanted clothing and shoes, look for other ways to save space. Dry cleaning bags take up more room than you might think, and once you have your clothing home, they’ve done their job. Get rid of them.
If you have a lot of empty hangers, get rid of the bulk of them, keeping the remaining in one spot, so they’re easy to access when you need them.
Remember the upper shelf
There are a few ways to get more use out of the upper shelf in your closet, from stacking storage bins to using a shelf divider that makes items easy to see and to take down.
Storage on the door
Still pressed for space? Remember that you can always hang handbags, pajamas, scarves, belts or neckties from hooks on the door. You can also put up some corkboard to hang jewelry.
If you’re looking for other ways to maximize your closet storage space, Closets & Cabinetry can help. Our design and storage experts have spent years mastering the tools needed to make exceptional custom wall closets for our customers.
Contact us today to learn how we can make your space work better.