Living in a little apartment can have its own special joys (like being able to reach everything you own without getting off the sofa), but small closets aren’t one of them. If, after you’ve pared down and cleaned out, you’re still at a loss as to how to fit all your things into your teeny tiny closet, read on for 5 out of 10 clever ways to squeeze a little extra storage out of a small closet.
1. Double your available hanging space by adding an extender rod.
2. Store clothes on shelves more efficiently with shelf dividers.
No more falling-over stacks of shirts and sweaters. These are useful for making purses stand upright, too.
3. Double your shelf space with under shelf baskets.
Presumably you will be using these to store clothes and accessories, and not coffee cups. Unless you really like having coffee cups in your closet.
4. Hooks are your very best friend.
Step into your closet (or as far into your closet as you can get). Do you see any wall space that is not covered by clothes? Put a hook there. Or better yet, if you’ve got the space, put a whole rack of hooks. This is a great way to reclaim wasted space, and you can use those hooks for practically anything: jewelry, belts, purses, clothes that have been worn for half a day and aren’t quite dirty but also aren’t quite clean.
5. Store suitcase in the space above the closet door.
Another brilliant use of hooks is for hanging suitcases in the otherwise wasted space inside the closet and above the door. Lightweight out-of-season items can be stashed in the suitcases — just don’t forget they’re there!