If you are like most people, you probably have a truckload of clothes and only so much storage space for them. Yes, wardrobes are absolutely amazing for storage, but they are not always used to their maximum potential.
So, before you go and buy a new wardrobe, consider upgrading the capacity of the one you already have. There are many ways to cram your stuff and actually find what you need. To pull it off, you are going to have to think smart, declutter, and reorganize.
Win half the battle right away
In a nutshell, the main goal is to use all of the space at your disposal and to do it in an organized manner. Instead of purging half of what you have, take everything out and store off-season clothes away. It’s best if you are working with a closet that is a blank canvas.
Once that is done, focus on the pile of clothes you need to store. Sort and fold them appropriately (yes, even your underwear) and see how they fit. Pick an organization method (clothing type, occasion, season). Note that in drawers and dressers, you can store pieces horizontally rather than vertically.
Don’t overlook dark corridors of the wardrobe, those back areas of deep shelves and high-up places. Store not-so-frequently used clothes there; you are more likely to wear something if you can see it. In case there is open shelving, try not to stack too high.
Explore all avenues
Next, you need to figure out how to make your wardrobe more efficient. First off, break your clothes into different categories.
You can install a second closet rod above the original one to practically double your hanging capacity. Buy a stool if you have to ensure easy access and include a set of hangers in order to use the space to the max. I would also check out cascading hooks, an ingenious way to make the most of hangers and vertical space in the wardrobe.
Furthermore, see if you can fit over-the-door shoe organizer. It’s usually a better option than the hang-in-closet counterpart that takes valuable hanging space. If all your shoes are already stored somewhere else, use an over-the-door rack for your bags and hats. Alternatively, opt for towel racks to make good use of the space behind the doors and store all those scarves.
Of course, the doors sometimes do more harm than good because you are unable to place the wardrobe where you really think it would fit best (corner of the room, for instance). Well, installing versatile sliding wardrobe doors will solves this issue. So, weigh all your options carefully.
Get it down to fine art
Make an effort to leave no wall or cabinet space unused. Attach or screw in hooks you can find dirt-cheap at the home improvement stores (they also come in handy in bathrooms and kitchens). In addition, repurpose small bookshelves to store shoes at the bottom of a wardrobe.
As for small items and knick-knacks, use jars, boxes, and cups. Buy some of these at a thrift store if you need to.
Of course, there are many other ways to maximize every inch of available space. We have covered a fraction of what is possible, so explore further. And if you are still unable to squeeze everything you want inside, consider some space-saving wardrobe alternatives, such as freestanding racks. They are a great mobile solution for smaller spaces, unlike enormous armoires.
Divide and conquer
If you are not happy with your storage situation, take a step back and rethink wardrobe space. Good chances are that there is a plenty of unused space. So, you must put an end to just shoving your clothes inside, closing the doors, and hoping everything will magically fall together. Rest assured that sooner or later, your closet will overflow.
To prevent this, visit a home improvement store and tool up. Use various smart organizing tools to ramp up the current capacity of the wardrobe. Don’t lose sight of wall and door space as well as those neglected deeper realms. The devil is in the details, that small things that make a big difference.
Written by Diana Smith