Cre­ate more closet space with­out ma­jor ren­o­va­tions

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Closet space is at a pre­mium in many homes and apart­ments. Many older homes were not built to ac­com­mo­date large wardrobes, while rental prop­er­ties are of­ten de­signed to max­i­mize liv­ing space at the ex­pense of stor­age. Clos­ets vary de­pend­ing on the size of the home, but many tend to be a min­i­mum of 24 inches deep so they can store gar­ments with­out the clothes brush­ing against the walls. Bed­room and hall­way clos­ets can be four feet in length or more. Walk-in clos­ets are the largest op­tions, but such spa­ces tend to only be avail­able in mod­ern homes or cus­tom-built prop­er­ties. It is not al­ways prac­ti­cal or pos­si­ble to un­dergo ren­o­va­tions to cre­ate more closet space. Apart from mov­ing to a new res­i­dence, home­own­ers or renters must eval­u­ate the space they have and make some more ef­fi­cient choices in how they uti­lize avail­able ar­eas.

Clear out clut­ter

The first step to more closet space is to elim­i­nate un­used items. Cloth­ing that no longer fits or items that can be stored else­where should be re­moved from the closet. Donate as much as pos­si­ble. Some or­ga­ni­za­tions will even pick up do­na­tions at your con­ve­nience.

Up­grade hang­ers and rods

Re­place ex­ist­ing hang­ers with slim­mer, more uni­form al­ter­na­tives that more eas­ily fit into your closet. In ad­di­tion, re­move empty hang­ers, which are likely just tak­ing up space.

Con­sider dual closet rods if space will al­low them. Hang the sec­ond rod below an area re­served for shorter cloth­ing to achieve a two-tiered de­sign. Group­ing short items to­gether also can free up valu­able floor space.

Stack taller

Many clos­ets are as tall as the ceil­ings of the rooms where they’re lo­cated. How­ever, the up­per area may go un­used be­cause if it is not easy to reach. In­stall shelv­ing above the closet rod with small swing-out style cabi­net doors to of­fer ac­cess. In such ar­eas, store sea­sonal items that you won’t need to reach for each day. Keep a step stool close by for easy ac­ces­si­bil­ity.

In small rooms, home­own­ers may want to find an­other way to uti­lize ver­ti­cal space. A loft bed, which raises the bed up to a level where it might be on the top bunk of a bunk bed, will free up plenty of stor­age space be­neath the bed. This can be turned into a floor closet.

Cre­ate stor­age for small items

Book­ends, bins, boxes and draw­ers can be used to con­tain items that don’t eas­ily con­form to clos­ets. These may be purses, scarves, ties, and more. Don’t over­look the pos­si­bil­i­ties of hang­ing items on the wall in­side the closet or on the back of closet doors.

When fin­ish­ing closet makeovers, be sure to in­stall light­ing in­side the closet so items are more vis­i­ble.

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