20 Closet Organization Ideas That'll Make Your Space Feel So Much Bigger
Closet Organization Ideas for Your Space to be So Much Bigger
A clean, organized closet is simply the best: It streamlines your morning routine, and all that extra space gives you an excuse to expand your wardrobe (or at least reimagine it with new combinations now that you can actually see everything clearly). If you want to make the most of your space, try some of these closet organization and storage ideas. We came up with 20, so there's something for every style and budget, according to Housebeautiful.
1. Keep Floors Clear
Exposed shelving isn't for everyone. If you're a minimalist, take note and keep the floors clear like Brigette Romanek Studio did in this California home dressing room for an elevated, clutter-free environment. An armchair in the corner adds some dimension, as does a leaning floor mirror.
2. Build an Island
Why use an armchair when you have room for a sofa? Slide up a stool and colorful area rug to complete the look, and then make a mini gallery wall to polish things off. And a closet island/dresser? It’s not just storage, it's motivation to fold and put away your clothes.
3. Install Bypass Doors
Never again will you have to walk from end to end in search of what you need. These bypass doors are a lifesaver and are easy to DIY. Get the full tutorial from Vintage Revivals.
4. Tuck It Away
Tuck everything behind closed cabinet doors if the space is multipurpose. The hidden vanity in this Gail Davis–designed closet is a fun little surprise that also keeping you organized. The orange mirror picks up on the warmth of the curtains and wallpaper accents while the striped penny tile floor complements the navy paint.
5. Install a Wall Shelf
If you ran out of room in your closet, you can display your prettiest items in your bedroom to double as decor. Add a multi-level wall shelf to make an étagère. For this one, Leanne Ford made sure it didn't take up too much visual real estate by painting it white so it blends in with the wall. Psst... You can also make more of your wall space by using brackets as an extra place to hang things, Decorreport noted.
6. Keep It Behind Closed Doors
Keeping your wardrobe behind closed doors in the bedroom can make it feel and look a lot more organized. Bonus points for hidden doors that camouflage with the walls.
7. Utilize the Corners
In this dream closet designed by Tamsin Johnson, the classic white shades balance the more glamorous elements of the space. And while the large windows let the natural light pour in (perfect for getting ready), that means there's less useable wall space, so every inch is precious. The built-in benches feature storage underneath and the custom corner shelves provide a home for bags.
8. Make use of awkward spaces purposefully.
This is especially useful if you can't trust yourself to fold sweaters perfectly each time. It's going to save you a lot of time and energy by divvying up space for you already. Even if they aren't perfectly folded, they'll stay in their zone.
9. Double your hanger space on a budget.
If you're not into committing to a whole system, you can double your hanging space for under $30, according to Businessinsider.
10. Make your things work for the space that you have.
Especially if they're what my mother would call 'delicates' and somewhat impolite to just leave out in plain view, it's nice to keep things organized in their place in a box that doesn't feel repurposed and isn't transparent.
These horizontal boxes keep everything organized, private, and flatten them out efficiently, so you can store more instead of using a lot of unnecessary vertical space and / or letting them pile up in a drawer.
11. Hang the pants that you can to save shelf space.
Pants take up a lot of room when folded and much less when compactly laid over one another on a hanger. Especially if you're running out of drawer space, those are always the first to go hanging for me.
12. Go high whenever you can.
You may not have a ton of floor space, but usually there’s no shortage of vertical space.
Installing a simple set of brackets and a piece of plywood is an affordable and easy way to bring order to closets and living areas. Add cute boxes and baskets to hide winter clothes, unused toys, and guest linens.
13. Can’t go high? Go low!
One of the easiest solutions for home organization is to add storage under your furniture, especially when it comes to bedroom organization ideas. But under the bed storage doesn’t necessarily mean those clear plastic bins you can pick up at Target or The Container Store (although those are great options if you want to keep things hidden). To up the aesthetics, try cool woven containers or wood crates instead of clear plastic bins, and you won’t even have to hide them away.
14. Mix hidden storage with open storage.
So you have a lot of stuff? I get it, so do I!
Try combining storage with doors along with open shelving, so you can hide the practical stuff, but not loose character in your space. Maybe start with an IKEA hack for this one.
15. Check behind the mirror.
I’m not talking about those old school medicine cabinets our parents still have (although they are perfect for hoarding those skin products I only use once a blue moon).
There are so many modern bathroom storage solutions that can help keep your vanity clear and organized, like this sliding storage mirror. I bet you could even make your now, if you feel like tackling a DIY, regarded by Papernstitchblog.
16. Use Trays for Jewelry
Put jewelry and fragrances on a tray atop the dresser and always leave room for flowers. We love the pop of color interior designer Danielle Colding chose here.
17. Store Small Items in a Vanity
For smaller items such as jewelry, wallets, and accessories, use your vanity drawers. Extra points if you also have a drawer organizer.
18. Put in some storage benches.
For a small closet, every inch is precious. Put in some benches that feature storage underneath. You’ll have a place to sit when putting on your shoes and be able to easily store many items out of sight.
19. Use shoe organizations for more than just shoes.
A few handy bins can be great for items beyond shoes. They can also be used for bulky items like sweaters and other winter clothes that you don’t want to take up too much space with by hanging. Just be sure to roll the sweaters before stowing them away and they won’t take up much room at all, Closetplusinc suggested.
20. Use Transitional Space
If your space opens right into the main bathroom, fill the awkward center area and turn it into something grand with a circular banquette. You'll dress and undress in a more organized (and luxurious) fashion. We love the crisp, clean white palette Breegan Jane chose here.
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