Organize and Add Space with Creative Closet Solutions
When you’re shopping for a home or an apartment, what’s on your list? A beautiful view, a spacious kitchen, close to parks/schools…? What about closets? It might not always make the top of your shopping list, but a lack of closet space will definitely be noticeable!
I tend to have a love-hate relationship with my clothes closet: love it when it’s organized and Pinterest-beautiful (ha! hardly ever) and hate it when it’s cluttered and I can’t find anything! To help us all find the closet love a little bit more often, we’ve rounded up our favorite creative closet solutions to organize your closet and add the extra room you and your wardrobe need.
4 Steps to Organizing Your Closet and Maximizing Closet Space | Tipsaholic
Pegboard wall to organize purses, belts, and accessories | A Bowl Full of Lemons
Wood brackets to organize shelves | Martha Stewart
Custom closet shelving | Sawdust and Embryos
Wall to wall closet shelves | The Space Between
Custom shelving unit and DIY storage boxes | Imperfectly Polished
Closet door storage shelves | Ana White
Industrial style open closet | SF Girl By Bay
Modern industrial portable closet | Martha Stewart Craft Department
Wall track system closet | Design Sponge
Wall track system closet | Lucky Magazine
DIY mini portable closet from an old entertainment Center | Patti West
Freestanding closet with planter | Coco LaPine Design
Freestanding closet with planter | 101 Woonideeen
Built-in closet from wardrobe and dresser | Remodelaholic
First step to organizing your closet: A good old-fashioned spring cleaning closet purge! Toss or donate items that you haven’t worn lately or don’t love anymore. If it’s not in season, find a different storage spot for it. Once you’ve whittled down your wardrobe a bit, evaluate your space and your belongings and decide if you need to organize or if you need to add some extra space with an additional wardrobe or portable closet.
Quick ways to organize your closet
Even if you’ve only got a little time, you can make a big difference to your closet. Once you’ve purged the unnecessary from your closet, start sorting and organizing. This article over at Tipsaholic walks you through 4 steps to organizing your closet. Add a few extra tips like a quick pegboard wall to organize your accessories (from A Bowl Full of Lemons) and using wooden brackets to keep shelves orderly (thank you, Martha Stewart) and your closet will look oodles better with minimal time and effort.
Add storage space to your existing closet
Help your closet live life to the fullest by maximizing the available space:
- Install shorter shelves in the ends of the closet to put that wasted space to use, like Sawdust and Embryos did. This is a perfect shoe storage solution! (See 10 more great shoe storage ideas.)
- Build custom wall to wall closet shelves like Karah from The Space Between installed in her closets.
- Create a custom shelving unit and matching storage boxes to make your space work for you. Imperfectly Polished shared here on Remodelaholic and shows how to build both the shelves and the storage boxes.
- Add shelving to the inside of your closet doors! Ana White is the genius behind this fabulous idea that adds needed storage and is perfect for a kid’s room.
Create new closet space
If you’ve organized and maximized and still need just a little bit (er, or a lotta bit…) more space, find a spare corner and make it closet-friendly.
- Install a simple pipe clothing rod and shelf above your dresser to hold additional hanging items (via SF Girl By Bay) . Major plus if you’re already into the industrial modern look!
- Build a modern industrial portable closet following instructions from Martha’s Craft Department. You could add a piece of wood along the bottom to hold your shoes, too.
- Add a wall track system closet anywhere in your home (via Design Sponge) — all it takes is a quick trip to the hardware store! A simple ladder adds to the style of the open shelving… and helps you reach that top shelf.
- An extra portable organizer is a perfect solution for accessories like purses and tote bags (via Lucky Magazine). See how Patti created one of her own from an old entertainment center.
- An easy freestanding closet puts your wardrobe on display — and the built-in planter on top makes it even better! Get details via Coco LaPine Design.
- A portable pegboard organizer that doubles as a room screen creates room for clothing and accessories while adding a little privacy. Via the Dutch DIY site 101 Woonideeen (translate it to English by clicking “translate website” up toward the top right corner).
- A built-in closet adds space and lets you really flex your DIY muscle! Ours has been fabulous for our daughter — get the details here.
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