If you live in a small space you may begin to feel a bit overwhelmed by your belongings. The key to making the most of the room that you have is organization. With a little bit of effort and time you can create a wonderfully organized space that happily houses most, if not all, of your belongings.
How to Organize a Small Closet Space
A small closet doesn’t have to mean you sell all your stuff. It is possible to organize a small closet and have a place for everything. This may mean using your space creatively and investing a little extra effort into organizing a small space but the results can be well worth it. Don’t be afraid to think outside the box. A few carefully repurposed tools such as plastic bins or hooks can make a small closet feel cozy instead of cramped.
How to Organize a Small Space With Lots of Stuff
Hooks and hangers can be some of your best organizing tools when it comes to your closet. Hooks on the wall or back of the door can help organize and store your jewelry. Hangers, with a little bit of organization can be doubled up to hold coordinating outfits and make the most of your space. A dozen or two pants hangers can be purchased and slid over a standard hanger to hold business suits or just your favorite jeans and sweater combo.
Use and add rods. In addition to utilizing different types of hangers, you can also maximize your space with closet rods. An extender rod can be hung on the existing rod to give a lower level of hanging space. This means double the storage opportunities. If you hang your items strategically, with short items such as t-shirts, folded pants or short skirts on the lower rod, this is an easy way to crisply hang your clothing and maximize every inch of space. Another easy to use trick is to simply install additional rods if needed. If one side of your closet has shelving but you what really need is hanging space, simply add another rod.
Baskets and clear stackable bins are easy organizational tools. The more organized your items, the easier it is to maximize your space. You can fold and store all your jeans, pants and skirts in baskets and then stack them as needed. You can also use baskets to help keep your socks, hosiery, and any miscellaneous items organized.
Shelf dividers are perfect for small open spaces. If you have a small, long space, use a shelf divider to create a firm storage space. You can fold shirts and place them in this easy, visible storage space. This is also a great technique to help organize shoes, books, or anything else you may need to put in your closet.
Use shoes racks and boxes strategically. If you have pairs of shoes that you wear once in a blue moon, such as a special pair of holiday party shoes or first edition Jordan’s, put them in clear shoe boxes with lids and stack them. This will help you take advantage of closet space that is typically left unused and keep your shoes in pristine condition. Shoe racks can be used on the closet floor or hang over the door and are best suited for shoes that you use all the time. These tools keep your go to pair of flip flops or tennis shoes easily and quickly accessible.
Don’t be afraid to go up (and down). Whether you use the space for shoe stacking or something else, don’t forget about the space between the top shelf of your closet and the ceiling. If you don’t have a plethora of shoes to store, you can use this space by putting seasonal items in clearly labeled boxes. If it is summer in Arizona you are not going to need your winter gear or ski clothes. Put these items in suitcases or boxes, label them, and use that often-neglected space for storage. Then, when the seasons change, rotate your winter and summer items. Another important storage opportunity is your floor space. If you can effectively declutter and organize your space, you may be able to place a small dresser or trunk on the floor to help provide more storage.
Go through your items and be brutally honest. If you are short on space, it may be time to make some tough decisions. Go through your stuff and if you find something you haven’t worn or used in a year, get rid of it. Sell it at a yard sale, donate it, or give it to a friend, but get it out of your house. Purging can help you in organizing a small space and help you find the things you use often more easily.
Even a Small Space Can Be Hard to Keep Clean
Clutter can become overwhelming and dirt and grime can build up. Cleaning a small space is almost more challenging because every nook and cranny is accounted for. In any space, maintenance and cleanliness is important. If you are having trouble keeping up, call Two Ladies and a Bucket. We will clean your closet, your kitchen and so much more. We make every space so clean and sparkling it will feel like new.