Apartments don’t always provide much closet space in which to store your belongings.
You may have to fight to find that one blouse or shove clothing in just to make it fit.
Fortunately, organization is achievable with a bit of effort and planning, and you don’t have to spend a fortune on organization tools. Here are some closet ideas to reclaim your space:
Purge Your Closet
One of the simplest organization tips you’ll ever receive is to sort through your wardrobe.
Pull out every piece you own, whether it’s in the closet or a dresser. Make three piles that include “donate,” “keep” and “out of season.”
They are fairly self-explanatory, as long as you’re honest when identifying items for each category.
Once you’re completely done sorting, your closet will have much more space where you can implement simple storage solutions.
Donate: Put pieces that you haven’t worn in a year or more in this pile.
Once you’ve gone through your entire wardrobe, take these items to a local thrift store.
Save the receipt they give you, as it can be used to claim a tax deduction–talk about budget-friendly closet ideas!
Keep: Hang on to the pieces you wear regularly or even just a few times a year.
You’ll hang this pile in your closet after sorting.
Out of Season: Season-specific clothing, such as shorts or heavy sweaters, should be nicely folded and placed in a plastic storage tub to be pulled out when needed.
Make sure the clothing is clean and sew on any buttons that may have fallen off.
If you want to reserve closet space for in-season items, choose storage boxes that can fit beneath your bed.
Many of these tubs have wheels that allow you to roll them with ease.
Most apartment closets only have a single bar that hangs at a certain height.
Go to your local hardware store and purchase a dowel rod that will fit the length of your closet. Don’t forget to measure before you go!
Hang the rails about 2 feet lower than the top bar using a rod bracket. You will then have two rows from which to hang your clothing.
All in all, you should spend no more than $20 on the whole system.
Take your organization to the next level by hanging shirts and blouses from the top rod and pants and skirts from the bottom one.
Everyone has those sweaters that should be folded rather than hung. Avoid hanger stretches by installing storage solutions that incorporate shelves.
Drill brackets in your closet walls and hang a shelf on top. You may want a few rows, depending on how much of your wardrobe should be folded versus hung.
Large closets can have both rods and shelves a plenty. Consider investing in baskets so you can put clothing inside a cute storage device.
If you don’t have space for shelves in your closet, you can buy a hanging fabric model.
These shelves fold open and hang from the rod you installed. You can place clothing inside or purchase matching baskets to create drawers.
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