8 Top Designer Tricks for Maximizing Space In Small Closets

Posted on July 29, 2016

If you live in a small home or apartment you will understand how challenging storage can be, particularly if you don’t have the right organizer systems in place. Even if you are fortunate to have some closets in place you may still find yourself at a loss as to how to fit all your things into a small closet space.

The good news is there are a ton of organizer solutions to help you make the most of your small closet space. So if you are looking for ways to squeeze out the all the available space in your small closet, then we have some clever ideas to share with you. Check out some of these neat tricks that the industry's leading closet design experts use to take advantage of every spare inch of space in a small closet.

Here's How to Maximize Your Closet Organization

The Power Of Purging


This is really the first thing that needs to be addressed in any closet makeover. Whether it be for the purposes of installing a new closet system or uncluttering your old one, you will need to purge any items you no longer wear, need or use and give them a new home, even if that home is in the trash. It is also a very freeing to let go of all those things that no longer serve or compliment your present lifestyle. The most efficient and effective way to get started with this task is simply to establish 3 piles: keep, donate/give away or toss out.

Set aside a little time and get some help from a friend or family member if needed to help you be realistic with your choices. Remove every single item from your closet one at a time and place them in one of the designated piles. Once completed you should have a very clear idea of what you have left to go back into your closet, as well as a sense of relief. To avoid creating additional clutter be sure to deal immediately with the two piles that you are no longer keeping.

Double Your Hanging Space


You can double your available hanging space simply by adding an extender rod. Not only do these maximize a small closet space but it enables you to better organize and select your clothing each day. For example hanging tops and blouses on the top rod and pants and skirts on the bottom rod provides you with better visibility of possible outfit combinations which improve your decision making, whereby potentially halving your time to get ready for work and events.

Shelf Dividers Are The Bomb

Don’t put up with falling-over piles of jeans, t-shirts or sweaters. Shelf dividers are the most effective way to keep your piles of folded clothes on your shelves organized and will save you from the stress of toppling piles and disorganized mingling. These are also very useful for helping keep handbags, purses and other accessories standing upright.

Under Shelf Baskets


This little known ingenious storage trick will double your shelf space in a blink. Do your sweaters live on the top shelf because of the lack of room below, however, every time you go to pull one down the whole pile topples? This is no longer a problem with this great invention; your sweaters and any other items you need close can be within arms reach.

Get Hooked

When you reach in or step into your closet do you see any wall space that is not covered with clothes? Then this is where hooks are your very best friend. This is a great way to reclaim the vacant spaces to hang practically anything like belts, purses, jewelry, or even clothes that can be re-worn a second time. Even better are retractable or foldaway hooks for when you need a place to temporarily hang a coat or two or an outfit for the next day. Yet another fantastic way to use hooks is store travel bags and lightweight luggage above the inside of the door.


Door Hanging Rods

The insides of your closets doors are also valuable real estate, so why not take advantage of it and install some short hanging rods. Door hanging rods can double as storage scarves, belts, ties, even shoes giving you a lot of extra hanging space for accessories making them more accessible, which might otherwise see them get buried in a small closet.

Chrome-Shoe-Fences-on-White-Shelves-865000-edited.jpgShoe Racks = Shoe Bliss

How often do you find yourself digging around the bottom of your closet for the right shoes or even a missing shoe? Never underestimate the power of having a good shoe rack for keeping your shoes organized and visible. Done right, this simple tip can save you much time and frustration for years to come. A shoe rack can be in the form of a free-standing shelf at the bottom of your closet, a shoe organizer hanging on the back of your closet door or a multi-story cube condo. Whatever one is your preference, get your shoes in order with a suitable shoe rack and feel the bliss that comes from this.

Shoe Boxes Are Your Greatest Ally

Are your drawers the multicultural clothing hub of all things small? One of the most ingenious tricks to keeping your dresser or closet drawers organized and maximizing your drawer storage, especially if space is limited, is using clear plastic shoe boxes. It will make you wonder how you ever did without them. Simply place the clear shoe boxes in your drawers to separate store items like underwear, socks, swimwear and even rolled tank tops. This is also great for color coding any of the above items and keeping jewelry and other accessories organized. It’s the bees knees of clever drawer organization.

Are you ready to discover how a professional custom closet designer can help you find more ways to maximize your small closet space? Would you like a FREE consultation with an expert in design? If you reside in the Kansas City you qualify for a FREE In-Home Design Consultation by simply calling today and scheduling an appointment.

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