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11 Clothes Storage Ideas to Transform Your Closet

Keeping your clothing and accessories organized and tidy can be a daunting task, but living with a messy closet can cost you time and added stress with unnecessary clutter. With one afternoon and a few of these storage ideas, you can turn an overstuffed mess into an organized functional closet!

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Closet Storage Ideas: Pare Down Your Possessions

Closet Storage Ideas: Pare Down Your Possessions

First, free up space by going through your wardrobe and removing items you no longer wear, no longer fit, or are no longer your style. If you have trouble saying goodbye, remember your clothes can find a new home by donating, selling and handing-down to friends and family. Next, set aside clothing you can store seasonally and rotate in as the seasons change. These are 15 things you should think twice about donating.

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Clothing Storage Solutions: Turn Your HangersFamily Handyman

Clothing Storage Solutions: Turn Your Hangers

Once you're gone through your closet and weeded out the unused items, turn all hanging clothing with the hanger facing outward. After wearing an item, return it to the hanging rod with the hanger facing the back of the closet. After one year, all articles of clothing still facing outwards were not worn, and you can consider getting rid of them. Find out how to get rid of anything.

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Closet Storage Ideas: Store Unused Hangers in a Magazine File

Closet Storage Ideas: Store Unused Hangers in a Magazine File

Keep loose hangers from falling to the ground and untangled in a magazine file. This way they're ready and easy to transport for laundry day. Keep the rest of the items on the closet floor in a storage bin or tote, making it easier to pull out from closet corners or clean behind. Find out why you should fit a file folder into your kitchen.

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Clothing Storage Solutions: DIY Tiered HangersFamily Handyman

Clothing Storage Solutions: DIY Tiered Hangers

Short on closet space? Use a lightweight piece of chain to stagger hanging clothing in tall closets to maximize space. Just loop the first link of the chain over the first hanger, and hang subsequent hangers on every other links after. Hang up to six shirts for the rod space of one. Want to get into a closet project? Build your own melamine closet storage system here.

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Clothing Storage Solutions: Robe and Wall Hooks

Clothing Storage Solutions: Robe and Wall Hooks

Hang decorative robe hooks on narrow walls for clothing that can be worn again before washing. This keeps clean clothes from piling on the ground and getting wrinkled or dirty. Or hang tomorrow's outfit and save yourself a few minutes in the morning deciding what to wear. You can even make your own hooks from common DIY hardware items!

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Closet Storage Ideas: Hide-a-Belt Rack

Closet Storage Ideas: Hide-a-Belt Rack

Keep belts and accessories tucked away in your closet until needed with a pullout rack like this one by Rev-A-Shelf. This works great for ties, necklaces and lightweight scarves too! Find out how to hang other items around the house with creative items.

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Closet Storage Ideas: Use Door Space Intelligently

Closet Storage Ideas: Use Door Space Intelligently

Don't forget the door when counting your closet space! Try an over-the-door shoe organizer on the backside of a closet door to organize scarves, belts and other accessories. Or of course, shoes too! Would you rather have your shoes out where you can see them? Make this easy-to-build shoe rack with modern style!

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Closet Storage Ideas: Consider Fabric Bins

Closet Storage Ideas: Consider Fabric Bins

Keep accessories like belts and ties off the floor and organized in divided fabric bins like these from Rubbermaid. They're sized for smaller closet shelves. Bins can stack to save space, and work great for jewelry and accessories too.

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Closet Storage Ideas: Double-Duty Furniture and StorageFamily Handyman

Closet Storage Ideas: Double-Duty Furniture and Storage

Look for furniture that has multiple functions, like a storage bench at the end of your bed for bulky bags and purses, a full-length mirror that houses jewelry and accessories, or a bedframe with built-in drawers. Check out how to build a low-cost custom closet.

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Clothing Storage Solutions: Utilize Unseen Floor Space

Clothing Storage Solutions: Utilize Unseen Floor Space

Use under-the-bed boxes to store lesser-worn items, like seasonal clothing or shoes. Keep spare sheets and bedding under guest beds. If your bedroom is carpeted, look for storage boxes on wheels to make access easier.

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Maximize Drawer Space

Maximize Drawer Space

By folding shirts one extra fold ? 'military' style ? and sandwiching (instead of stacking), you can fit more into each dresser drawer and have a better visual of what's inside. This folding technique is perfect for t-shirts, tanks, workout gear and children's clothes.

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Closet Storage Ideas: Solve Wasted Space

Closet Storage Ideas: Solve Wasted Space

If the sides of your closet are deeper than the door opening, it can be hard to see and reach hanging clothes in the very back. Instead, build perpendicular shelving or hang rods to maximize the space. Store bulky items like sweaters on the shelves and hang lesser-worn clothing like formal wear on the rods.