Organization is essential in a closet. Without it, you won’t be able to easily navigate your wardrobe to put together appropriate outfits for any occasion. Clothes might fall to the floor or get stuck in hard-to-see spots, which means you’ll forget about those pieces entirely. Even more, clothes that aren’t properly hung in the closet are more prone to problems, including wrinkles, creases, snags and holes.
Giving proper care to your clothes begins with a well-organized closet—no matter its size. Organizing a small closet might be a daunting task, but it’s entirely possible to create a space that is properly organized, no matter its size. Space-saving strategies work well in any sized closet, too, so whether you have a cozy closet or a spacious one, you can benefit from these ideas.
Whether you’re looking to free up floor space in your closet, streamline organization from ceiling to floor, or maximize storage in small spaces, discover these storage ideas that’ll maximize space and improve organization.
Shelves are a staple in most closets, but they aren’t always efficiently used. In fact, some shelves end up serving as a dumping spot for items that don’t have a defined storage space in your closet, and that can lead to clutter and chaos. Streamlining your shelving, then, is an instant space-saving solution for closets in need of organization.
Start this process by assessing your current shelving setup and identifying the best use of your shelves. By defining each space, you can identify the best way to use the shelves. You can assign specific items to each shelf or create zones for common items like hats or accessories. Once you’ve defined each space, it’s time to organize.
First, clear the shelves of everything that currently sits on them. Organize your items by type, theme, or color. Then, decide how to best set up your updated shelves. Consider baskets for small items like socks and cufflinks. Shelf dividers are a practical solution if you’re planning on stacking folded clothes, like sweaters or shorts, on the shelves. Using these dividers allows you to ensure clothes stay folded and separated, making it easier for you to find what you need.
If you have free space under your shelf, consider under-shelf baskets. These baskets have brackets that slide onto your shelf to double the storage space. Store scarves, t-shirts, or socks in these under-shelf baskets that will instantly maximize organization.
Take a look at your closet to discover additional opportunities for organization. Your closet might have an open wall, for example, that can become more useful if you find a way to make it functional. When choosing what to do with an open wall, consider what your closet is currently lacking. Perhaps you need somewhere to hang hats or handbags. Including hooks on the open wall can create a defined space for those items. You can even install additional shelving—including wire shelves or wooden ones—where you can hang clothes or store essentials.
Another spot for potential storage in small living spaces is the back of the closet door. Over-the-door hooks create an extra hanging space in the closet. A closet door rack is a more comprehensive system that includes various bins for storing belongings like accessories, shoes, and more. Don’t overlook the back of your closet door, which can help improve storage when space is at a premium.
Hangers are an important element of your closet. They keep your clothing stored and well cared for. Choosing one hanger design can streamline your closet and even allow you to fit more clothes on your hanging racks. Consider sleek and sturdy hangers from Butler Luxury, which are designed to maximize space in your closet. This collection includes hangers designed for different pieces of clothing, including suits, shirts, and coats.
When you select one consistent hanger style, your closet won’t just look better—it will also be better organized. Mismatched hangers don’t always hang at the same height, which can make your closet look crowded. A closet filled with wooden hangers, on the other hand, instantly has a high-end look that allows clothes to fit well in the space.
Ideally, your closet floors will be clear and open, making the space more accessible. However, the floors can offer another option for storage, especially the floor space under the hanging clothes. Consider the ways you can improve floor storage for items that might not otherwise have a home.
Position shoe racks under your clothes so that your shoes can stay organized and accessible without sitting in a pile on the floor. Add larger bins to store out-of-season items that you might not have room to hang in the closet. You can swap these bins out seasonally depending on your clothing needs. Or, invest in a small set of cubbies with bins or baskets that you can use to organize smaller items that don’t need to be hung.
If one hanging rod simply isn’t enough space for your clothes, assess your closet to determine if you have a way to add a second hanging rod in the closet. If you do, you can instantly double your hanging space, which helps you improve organization in the closet.
These five strategies can help you improve storage space, even in small closets. Think creatively and apply effective strategies that will make your closet seem larger and better organized.Explore Butler Luxury’s products on Amazon, and then check out our care guides that offer plenty of tips for creating a well-organized closet that you love.