Whether it’s a tight condo unit or a tiny bedroom, if there’s any one area in such a space that calls for some extra ingenuity, it’s the closet. More often than not, one finds that their required closet space far exceeds the actual space that’s been allocated for it. Ah, if only Professional Organizers (like Professional Shoppers) weren’t as elusive as fairy godmothers. Luckily for us Regular Joes, the internet has no shortage of organizing tips and closet hacks that’ll have us beaming with pride at our now-existent organization skills. Here are some practical and doable hacks that we’ve gathered from across the web and lovingly collated just for you. Enjoy!
1. If you haven’t heard it enough, we’ll say it again: Purge.
This is the one step everybody loves delaying, but nobody regrets actually doing. We are all prone to impulse buys that barely ever get any wear. We’ve all received an item or two that we keep around just because we feel too guilty to let it/them go. You are not alone. But when closet space is tight, there’s no room for sentimentality. If it hasn’t gotten any wear from you in over a year, then perhaps it’s time the item goes to someone who will give it the tender loving wear it needs. Let it go.
[Photo: Mater Mea]
2. Make like Martha Stewart and compartmentalize.
Once you’ve purged your closet and are faced with items or pieces that actually bring you joy (if you haven’t already read Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, you may want to add it to your reading list), it’s time to sort everything out and know what you have to work with. Come up with a list of things that need to be folded, stacked, hung, or kept in bins or cubbies. This will help you plan out your closet more efficiently, and also allows you to be more intentional when shopping for the rods/hangers/organizing cubes/etc. you’ll need. (As opposed to getting these things prior to figuring out what you’ll use them for and then realizing later on that you don’t need them at all.)
3. Give your closet room to grow. Figuratively.
Since space isn’t flexible, find a closet system that is. Think, IKEA. As much as possible, have everything adjustable so that you can move rods or shelves around as the contents of your closet change. While drawers will have to remain fixed, you can build and re-build your closet system around these fixtures to meet the needs of your ever-evolving wardrobe.
[Photo: The Container Store]
[Photo: Organized Living]
4. Head to the mall and get some retail therapy.
Nope, not the kind that you’re thinking of. Hold your horses and put those wallets back in your purses. We’re talking organization here, and going through your favorite stores’ displays may be a good way to get inspired. Observe how clothes are folded and stacked, how particular pieces are hung, or how smaller pieces (such as jewelry for instance) are displayed. Get inspired, gather information, and then use this wisdom to transform your own closet.
[Photo: Spell Designs]
5. Think outside the closet.
Utilize spaces outside of your closet as well. For example, the Swedes are known for keeping clothing racks in one corner of their room where pieces that get the most wear are hung. If you’re feeling extra eager about it, you could even plan out outfits for an entire week and hang them on the rack. This makes it easier to grab your favorite things, and also helps make the process of deciding what to wear much much easier. Another under-utilized space is the area under the bed. Store bulkier items, such as coats or gowns, in clear plastic bins and tuck them away neatly under your bed.