How to Get More Closet Space

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A cluttered, overstuffed closet can even be a safety hazard as anyone who's opened the door and been bonked on the head by a falling box.

A cluttered, overstuffed closet can even be a safety hazard as anyone who's opened the door and been bonked on the head by a falling box.

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If you never seem to have enough closet space, you may recognize symptoms such as these:

1. Avoiding your closet;

2. Approaching your closet cautiously,

3. Grabbing what you need, and quickly slamming the door to avoid the jungle within; or

4. Finding shoes jumbled on the floor, clothes that have fallen off hangers, and belts and hats twisted together in forsaken piles.

5. You spend far too much time looking for clothes you know that you have.

6. You waste money buying new clothes, scarves, belts, etc because you couldn't find what you already have lost in the closet.

The answer, of course, is more closet space, but how can you create it without knocking down walls or moving to a new home?

Here are some easy steps to closet deficit relief:

1. Evaluate What You Have to Work With

Many people waste the space at the top of their closets, where they can easily add another shelf or two. Even if your new shelves are hard to reach, they can be used to store items you don't use often, like dress shoes or clothes that are out of season.

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2. Remove the Items that You don’t Use Anymore

If you haven't worn an item of clothing for a year, give it away. Our bodies change with time, and a lot of people who've lost or gained weight hang on to clothes for years in case they someday fit again. If an item of clothing hasn't fit for a year or more, you're probably never going to wear it. Identify the clothes you love, and get rid of everything else.

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3. Store Clothes that are Off-Season

Put away clothes and shoes that you won't use until the weather changes. You can buy containers for storage, or use cardboard boxes if you're on a tight budget (cover them with wrapping paper if you want to brighten them up). Pack sweaters, purses, and shoes in separate containers and label them clearly so you can easily find what you're looking for when the temperature changes. Storage boxes can be placed out of the way on a high closet shelf, or out of sight under your bed.

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4. Make the Most Out of the Space You Have

Many people don't take advantage of closet wall space or the back of their closet door. There are all kinds of ways to use that space: a rack on the back of the door or pegs on the wall are great for hanging ties, scarves, hats, or shoes. You can also hang items you use a lot, like your bathrobe, your PJ's, or a favorite sweater.

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5. Use A Shoe Rack for Your Shoes

If you keep your shoes on your closet floor, you're likely to wind up with chaos, no matter how neatly you line them up. Store shoes in plastic boxes, shoe dressers, or shoe racks that hang on the back of the closet door.

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6. Use Shelf Dividers

These dividers attach to existing shelves and are easy to install. They don't actually create more space but they'll add to the order in your closet, which creates a feeling of spaciousness.

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Organizing our clothes and other things, as well as getting rid of those we don’t use anymore, or simply putting them away until we need them will give us enough closet space.

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If your closet is just too much of a mess or you think that you do not have enough room, you should consider hiring a custom closet company to design and install a new custom closet for any room your home.

A custom closet is not only great for the master bedroom, but also kid’s bedrooms, hallway closets and the kitchen pantry.

A home design company can show you many ways to get the best use for the size of your closet space. With a mix of shelving, racks, drawers and storage bins, you can have a beautiful and organized closet.

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