How to Use Every Inch of Your Closet

Have you ever opened your closet doors and felt completely overwhelmed because it's jam-packed with stuff? Do you find yourself taking 5 items out of your closet just to grab the one shirt you need? Have you been bonked on the head by falling items when you reach for your weekend duffle bag? We've all been there. Closets are tricky--it always seems there is just too much stuff for such a small space. Your closet does not have to be a mess of stress. Keep on reading and we'll show you our two quick steps on How to Use Every Inch of Your Closet

Closet close up-Sadie Road

The first step is---you guessed it--PURGE! It may not be the most enjoyable task. It's a lot of work and sometimes people find it hard to part with things. But the extra space is worth it in the end.  

The second step is a little more detailed, but the ultimate goal is to identify wasted space in your closet and add storage to those areas. Sound simple enough? That's because it is! Here's how:

  • Review the areas in the closet that are not working well for your needs. Are you constantly cramming items on the shelves? Are the hanging rods so full that you can barely get one hanger out? Are there items falling out and toppling over when you go to grab something?
     
  • Identify storage opportunities. Take a good look at your closet for any unused space that could be used to add storage. Where is the wasted space? Can shelving or risers be added to an existing shelf to provide more rows for stacking items? Can you install another hanging rod? Is there a space to add hooks? Can you use the back of the closet doors? Are there spaces to use baskets or stacking containers? Can you replace all your big clunky hangers with slimline hangers? Find the wasted space in your closet and make it work for you!
     
  • Assign a home for your items. Once you've purged and kept the essentials, you should start identifying the most functional place to store your belongings. Keep the like items grouped together and start assigning them homes--place the things you use most frequently at eye level and the ones you use the least often towards the top. 

It really is simple (and fun!) once you get on a roll. Take a look how we added storage to a client's closet below for a little more inspiration! 

The "Before". There was a lot of unused space below the hanging clothes and on the top shelf that was calling for a more functional storage system!

The "Before". There was a lot of unused space below the hanging clothes and on the top shelf that was calling for a more functional storage system!

Another "Before" of space behind the door that could be better used. 

Another "Before" of space behind the door that could be better used. 

The "After". We added storage on the bottom to use the space all the way up to the hanging clothes. Baskets help to keep scarves and smaller garments neat and tidy! 

The "After". We added storage on the bottom to use the space all the way up to the hanging clothes. Baskets help to keep scarves and smaller garments neat and tidy! 

We added storage to the back of the door that will be extremely practical for all the small stuff like shoes, purses and jewelry! 

We added storage to the back of the door that will be extremely practical for all the small stuff like shoes, purses and jewelry! 

What do you think of this closet transformation? It's simple, affordable and will make all the difference when you open that door. No more feeling that little pit in your stomach--happy organizing and styling!