If you’ve got a big wardrobe and a tiny closet, we feel your pain. But because sympathy can only get you so far, we’ve also got some tips for improving that cluttered situation:
Think every inch
Look at the closet empty. Then either list or look at everything that needs to fit in it. Seem like an elaborate game of tetrus? Then start thinking like a bored 12 year old.
…especially when it comes to rods. One rod is good; two is better. One rod at a height for long pieces like dresses, and another at a normal height: best.
Think outside the shoe box
What kind of organizational tools do you have, or might you buy? Drawers—can you have drawer dividers? Hanging shoe holders—can you use them for something other than shoes? Rack—can you hang things like belts, or ties as well as dresses?
Speaking of ties and belts, do keep them all hung in the same place, and not in a jumble in a box. Create your own non-slip hangers so that your slinkier stuff isn’t always ending up in a heap on the floor. All dresses hang together, all sweaters are stored together, etc. Even boots can be hung—especially if you’re low on floor space and high on rod space—which can also help them keep their shape.
Think expand and distract
Using every inch might include the space where a door would be. A nice curtain can decorate a room, and free up extra space for more stuff. Need even more space? Pullout shelves increases space horizontally.
Don’t need it? Ditch it. Don’t like it? Ditch it. Haven’t used it in the past year? Ditch it. Don’t have space for it? Ditch it. (And my “ditch” I mean “donate” or “recycle.) Making the most of your closet often depends on making the least of your personal pile of junk.