Irrespective of whether your closet is small, medium, or huge, keeping it organised will ensure you find what you need easily and quickly. From your clothes, jewellery, and shoes to other accessories and belongings, keeping everything organised will ensure your closet looks tidy.
Having a tidy closet won’t give you a headache or trigger anxiety every single time you open it to find a thing, which typically happens with a messy closet. If you have a disorganised closet that you need to organise or a blah one you wish was beautiful, we bring you the top ten ideas that can help.
Ready to get your closet organised? Let’s begin.
Make the Most of Your Vertical Hanging Space
To best utilise the vertical space in your closet, you should use hangers, hooks, drawers, and stackable shelves. Since just a handful of your clothes will extend from floor to ceiling (such as flowing robes, maxi dresses, etc.), you can install hanging rods for your clothes one above the other with an adequate gap in-between to double your storage space.
Ideally, one or two of your closet’s tallest hanging rods should be positioned as high as possible so that you can still reach your clothes easily. Where the clothes hung on these top rods end, you should leave a few inches of space and install the other set of smaller rods to hang smaller items.
Fold Your Clothes Properly
Though you may be tempted to hang your t-shirts and dress shirts in the closet, folding them could help save precious space and even prevent wrinkling. The latter is a significant advantage if you want to avoid ironing your shirts every time you need to pull out and wear one.
Neatly folded and stored shirts also make it a lot easier for you to see exactly what you have and find what you need without digging through the pile. You could also use proper rolling techniques for storing your jeans, pants, slacks, etc., thus saving space.
Use Clothing Storage Bags
Zippered storage bags offer you an effective storage solution to keep your seasonal clothing, which you no longer require, out of the way. Based on how many items you want each bag to hold, you can shop for them based on features like durability, capacity, reinforced seams, etc.
You will do well to pick storage bags made of ventilated and odourless fabric that can help keep your clothing fresh. You could even vacuum your storage bags, which will make your bagged clothing significantly more compact, thus reducing the amount of storage space they will need.
Install Closet Lights
Even when your closet is neat and organised, it won’t help if you can’t see inside to find what you need. To ensure you don’t have to blindly search for things, you should install closet lights. From strip lights and recessed lights to flush mount LEDs and motion-activated lights, there’s a wide variety to select from.
Once you have found the most suitable lights for your closet, get them installed. However, remember not to keep them on accidentally to avoid wasting precious power.
Utilise Quality Hangers
From suits, bathrobes, and tank tops to blazers, shirts, and dresses, different items of clothing in your closet need different types of designated hangers built just for that kind of attire. But buying them could be expensive.
An alternative, more budget-friendly way is to invest in some good basic wooden hangers that can be used for most clothing items. And when you have matching hangers, your closet will look more organised and visually appealing, which could motivate you to play your part in keeping it that way – neatly organised.
Make the Most of Closet Dividers
Closet dividers help organize and stack your clothes, towels, linens, blankets, and more on the same shelf. You can even use them to store your clothes, ties, handkerchiefs, etc. without making them topple into each other.
Closet dividers can also come in handy for storing your shoes, bags, and smaller items like clutches, wallets, and purses, thus letting you kiss the clutter goodbye.
Learn and Use Space-Saving Techniques
In addition to the folding and rolling techniques mentioned earlier, you can use some other space-saving tricks to optimise the space in your closet. For instance, tucking bras inside of each other can help save drawer space. Again, you can put your small bags or purses inside bigger ones to create more space for other things.
If you have the habit of piling shirts or sweaters in a drawer, you could use the vertical folding method, which is yet another space optimisation technique.
Make Space for Your Shoes
You can hang hooks or rails on the inside of your closet door or install towel bars to create some extra storage space for your shoes and high heels. Shoe holders with transparent pockets to store shoes that you can hang on closet doors are also worth trying. You may even use clear, stackable shoe bins with ventilation holes that help protect your shoes, keep them clean, and allow air circulation to minimise odour.
For your seasonal shoes that you won’t require for the next few months or special-occasion shoes you wear less frequently, you can use storage boxes and bins to keep them stacked away in a corner. If you use shelves to store your shoes, you could alternate their orientation to fit more on every row.
Invest in Small Bins and Baskets
If you are seeking an efficient closet storage technique to keep small articles of clothing and accessories organized, investing in bins and baskets will be an excellent way to do it. From gloves, hats, and belts to off-season clothing and tights, you can store a variety of items in them.
If you have hard-to-reach shelves in your closet that you use rarely, placing bins and boxes will let you utilise those spaces optimally as you will simply need to grab and pull the whole bin or box instead of reaching the space to locate a specific item. And if you can label everything clearly, you will know exactly where to find what you require easily and quickly.
Consider Adding a Closet Island
If you are lucky to have a spacious walk-in closet, you can consider adding an island to its centre that will provide functional storage and an aesthetic appeal.
A closet island will help create additional storage space in the form of drawers, shelves, and a countertop. It can also double up as a surface where you can put your folded laundry items before they go into their designated spaces in the closet.
Now that you know the top ten storage ideas for your closet, use them and tweak a few, where necessary, to take your closet from blah to beautiful.