Making the Most of Your Closet Space

Making the Most of Your Closet Space

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Closets are wonderful places to hang a hat or coat, but they’re also a source of consternation to homeowners and renters who may not be satisfied with the way that is laid out or the amount of room inside. If you’re a renter, you’ll have to make do with the footprint of the closet. If you’re a homeowner, you can undertake an expansion, a potentially costly change that may not be within your current budget.

Instead of expanding your closet, you can maximize every cubic foot of storage from the floor to the ceiling and all around the walls. Let’s take a look at some ways you can squeeze out more storage space, while preserving your sanity.

Throw stuff out — Before putting your closet reorganization strategy in place, go through your closet and toss out what you don’t need. Outdated clothes, rarely worn hats, an undesirable coat and other items should be packed up and donated to charity. Throw away anything that can no longer be worn, but keep track of what you donate as these items can be deducted on your federal income tax if you itemize your return.

Go vertical — Examine the interior of your closet and look for wasted or unused space. Likely, your closet is stuffed horizontally, but you may have plenty of unused vertical room especially near the ceiling and at the floor. Storage bins can be placed on the top shelf and roll out boxes can be placed on the floor underneath your shelving.

Mix up the shelves — If your closet is narrow, but deep, you can place shelving behind the clothes, enabling you to reach stored clothes as needed. Put in storage out of season clothing and hang clothes you need right now on the racks. Switch everything out as the seasons change.

Put in double rods — With plenty of space underneath one rod, you can put in a second rod below it and maximize your hanging space. You may need to relocate the top rod to the highest possible position in your closet to make this work, but you’ll come away with more room than you thought possible for a space that once seemed impossibly limited.

Install lighting — If your closet has plenty of natural light, from a skylight or a window, then you may have more light then needed. If not, install fluorescent lighting to get a better look at what is inside. Some lighting options such as incandescent lighting are not allowed because of building codes and for good reason — these kinds of lights can cause fires with your clothes providing the kindling. Decent lighting helps you to have a more accurate perspective of the amount of room you do have.

You might also consider investing in a closet organizing system, one that allows you to combine drawers, racks, poles, shelving and more. You can expect to pay from $800 for a reach-in closet to more than $3,000 for a large, walk-in closet.

See Also

How to Seasonally Switch Over Your Closet

Installing Your Own Closet or Storage System

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Matthew C. Keegan

Matt Keegan is a freelance writer and editor as well as publisher of "Auto Trends Magazine", an online publication. Matt covers campus, consumer, business and financial topics on various websites and weblogs, and has been published in the "Houston Chronicle", "Sam's Club Magazine" and "Wisconsin Golfer".