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.
Turn Your Hangers
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Store Unused Hangers in a Magazine File
DIY Tiered Hangers
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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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!
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.
Double-Duty Furniture and Storage
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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.
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.
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.