With an ever-growing collection of clothes, it sometimes feels like you have just two choices: Get rid of older clothing to make way for new, or stop buying new items. Neither is an attractive option. A third and better way is to find ingenious ways of storing clothing and accessories that make better use of the space you have.
An Organised Closet
You can organise clothes by occasion or colour, but that doesn’t really solve the space issue. To really get organised in the wardrobe, you have to figure out how to use every available inch.
In the separates section where you have shorter hanging garments, add a second rail beneath the first that will create double the hanging space. Alternatively, if there’s an empty gap at the bottom, pop in a drawer tier to hold all manner of things, from folded clothes to smalls, shoes or accessories.
If you can create a place like that in the main wardrobe for non-hanging items that are usually in drawers beneath a dressing table or in a chest of drawers, you can use those spaces for makeup, hair styling products or anything else and so keep bedroom surfaces clearer too.
Storage for Out of Season Clothes
Clothing changes dramatically as the seasons turn, so you may have several feet of closet space taken up by garments you won’t wear again for several months.
Self storage units make the ideal ‘home from home’ closet which you can use as an overspill clothes storage room. As well as keeping everyday out of season garments in pristine condition, it’s also a great place for specialised sports kit clothing. Skiwear, for instance takes up a lot of space at home.
Furnish your self storage room like a walk-in closet. Install clothes rails for hanging garments, drawer units for folded garments, and shoe racks to keep footwear organised. You’re allowed to arrange your storage room to suit your own purposes as long as units are free standing so you’re not drilling into walls.
It’s surprising how tucking clothes away out of sight for a few months makes them seem fresh and exciting again. It also sharpens your instinct for what’s still in fashion and which items you won’t miss if you permanently remove them from your collection.
Space Saving Creativity Back at Home
If you’re still in need of a way to make a bit more room, maybe these clever DIY ideas will help:
- Fit a narrow towel rail inside the closet door to hold scarves, ties, belts or beads.
- Install tension rods at the bottom of the wardrobe as an adjustable shoe rack. You’ll need two for each rack. Place them level with each other for flats, and one higher than the other for heels.
- Save up the ring pulls off cans if you find some with two holes. Use these to join two hangers together by feeding the hangar hooks through the holes so one hangs from the other.
- Fit under shelf baskets if there is a shelved section in the wardrobe.
- For neater top shelf storage, add shelf dividers to stop stacks of folded clothes becoming muddled.
- Having an organised closet not only means more space for clothes you love, it means you can get ready faster. Outfits are easier to choose when you can see everything at a glance, and when you have a certain accessory in mind, you can pick it out straight away.