How to Create More Usable Closet Space

More closet space: We’d all love it! Here’s how to maximize the space you do have with 10 simple organizational tips.



1. Hooks. Wall space and the back of your closet door are perfect places for placing hooks. For lighter items like scarves, you can use hooks with adhesive backing on them. For other items, break out your drill. (Don’t have one? Consider investing in one, as it’ll make your home projects and organization much easier).

Figure out the best positions for hooks: Hang out-of-season and rarely used items high up, utilizing the vertical wall space almost to the very ceiling. Hang items you use daily or weekly at eye or waist level; make sure you allocate enough space between hooks so that the items you’re hanging will fit. If you have room behind your closet rod, put some hooks back there for slim items.

2. Closet Door. The back of your closet door is a perfect place for multiple storage options. Buy an over-the-door rack that will let you hang multiple items like scarves or purses across the width of your door. Use hooks for belts, light outerwear, or workout clothes. Install a bar on the bottom and use S-hooks to hang shoes.

If you’re extra handy, you can install a pegboard on the back of the closet: Since it already has numerous pre-drilled clothes, you can hook away to your heart’s desire.

3. Hang Your Boots. Speaking of shoes, boots can take up an inordinate amount of closet space. Get them off the floor or off your shelves with a hanging boot rack; you’ll save a bunch of space and your boots will be stored properly. You can use a closet doubler (see next tip) to hang them from an existing closet rod and save even more space.

4. Closet Doubler. This second closet rod hangs from the rod that’s already in your closet. Use it across the entire length of your existing rod, or across a smaller segment. Hang tops, blouses and sweaters on the top rod; use the bottom rod for skirts, pants or, as in Tip #3, a hanging boot rack.

5. Shelf Dividers. These will keep piles of clothing much more organized; they are also great for holding purses and hats in place.

6. Light It Up. A properly lit closet will help you both organize what’s in it, and see what’s there as you plan your outfits. Use LED pucks with adhesive backing under shelves and wherever you need a bit more light.

7. Hangers. The right hangers will extend the life of your clothing, and also save you some space. While plastic hangers might be inexpensive, they also have a wider footprint than slimmer flocked hangers, which are sturdier and can support more weight. For pants, use an open-ended pants hanger. For suits, use a hanger with a locking bar to accommodate the pants and hang the matching jacket on top of the same hanger.

8. Suitcases. They’re big and bulky, but if you travel a lot, you can’t necessarily store them in such an out-of-the way spot that it’ll be difficult and time-consuming to access. The inside wall above your closet door is a great spot for these: Install some heavier hooks to make sure the suitcases stay put. And if you rarely travel, you can store your seasonal items right inside those suitcases.

9. Stack Your Shoes. You’ll want adjustable shelves for your shoes so that you’re able to place them just far apart enough to get your shoes in and out.

10. Catchall. Dedicate a small bowl, bag, or wire rack as a catchall for all the things that you empty from your pockets or purse at the end of the day — especially if you wear different jackets and/or use different purses. This’ll save time the next time you head out, and keep all those little items like lip gloss, hand sanitizer, and kleenex, etc. in one place.

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